What do perimenopause and menopause have to do with the brain?
How to battle brain fog
- Go easy on yourself at this time. Yes, menopause brain really is a thing, and it's much more common than you probably think – women can't expect cognitive perfection. We all make mistakes. Our brains can't be expected to be efficient all the time.
- Don't just put up with hot flushes. We are not talking about feeling a bit glowy once a day. If your hot flushes make you uncomfortable and especially if they are affecting your sleep, get them sorted. Studies have found that the worse your hot flushes, the worse you perform on memory tests. Ditto your sleep.
- If you are experiencing depression, it's time to get it sorted. Perimenopause is the highest risk time for women to experience a mood disorder. Depression not only interferes with your sleep, but your cognitive performance as well.
- Control the things you can. When things are a bit foggy upstairs, a healthy diet and exercise routine will be your best friends!
- Use compensatory cognitive strategies/external memory aids. These can be super-simple strategies to compensate for your brain being a little fuzzy.