Brain fog and memory loss
Brain fog and memory loss during menopause is for many women a real thing and more common than you might think. There are many opinions on what is causing it, but to be frank, I don’t care what causes it. I care about how I can fix it. It can be pretty debilitating. So I decided to share my story in hopes other can be helped by my journey
A personal story…
I am in the middle of menopause as I write this. Being the stronger gender has its downsides. Obviously carrying and having babies was not enough so around 45-50 menopause comes walking by and throws a wrench into things for oh, let’s say about 10 years.
Memory loss started during perimenopause with me. I should probably add I have a very agile brain, I am very analytical and according to my husband, I have a good memory since I seem to bring up things from the past constantly.
The brain fog started when I randomly started forgetting things, appointments, walking into the kitchen and having no idea why, or not knowing where I put my keys or glasses. I chalked it up to simply getting older. I was wrong. Not ever did I realize that this was an actual symptom of menopause.
As the years rolled by and many of the other menopause symptoms started showing up, the memory loss became painfully obvious. No longer recognizing the roads I was on. Not remembering where I was going. Getting into panic mode because I didn’t remember where my husband was.
How I am overcoming my memory loss
At first, the thought of Alzheimer’s scared me to death, until I learned this brain fog can be a real issue during menopause. I have put some routines in place to help me through it and ever since I have done that, things have improved quite a bit.
All the changes you go through during menopause is caused by a dramatic drop in estrogen levels. Some of these symptoms are:
- Irregular periods.
- Vaginal dryness.
- Hot flashes.
- Night sweats.
- Sleep problems.
- Memory problems
- Mood changes.
- Weight gain and slowed metabolism
The first thing you have to do is boost your estrogen levels and keep them balanced. I have dedicated an entire post on how to do that naturally here.
Tools to deal with brain fog
You need to establish some routine that works for you and for your level of brain fog that you are dealing with. For me, that means every time I leave my house, I put in my GPS where I am going. If I just go to the grocery store, my GPS will tell me that, if it’s something different, I usually also add a sticky note on my dash.
You’re probably laughing about that. But I can’t even tell you how many times I drove around, not recognizing where I was and not remembering where I was going. I have pulled over my car many times to gather my thoughts and calm myself down. This is really no joke.
I have a dry erase board on my fridge and I write things down that I need to remember. In addition, I schedule things in my phone calendar right away with the alarm set so I don’t forget. Bells and alarms go off all day long but hey, whatever works, right?
Aromatherapy and the use of essential oils have made a huge impact on the severity and frequency of my brain fog problems. From being well-rested so my brain functions better, to oils that lift the mood and boost brain activity.
Rosemary is one of the most powerful herbs & essential oils on the planet. In recent research, it’s been shown to boost nerve growth factor and support the healing of neurological tissue and brain function.
In a 2016 animal study, researchers concluded that inhaling vetiver oil improved alertness and brain function. Vetiver oil helps your brain feel more awake if you’re struggling to focus on a task or remain alert to what’s happening around you.
All parts of the basil plant act as an adaptogen. An adaptogen is a natural substance that helps your body adapt to stress and promotes mental balance.
Black Pepper is one of the most commonly traded spices in the world and may have quite a few brain-boosting effects. Studies have shown that piperine, the primary component in black pepper, can help improve brain function and lower depression symptoms
Peppermint has notable effects on the human brain by enhancing cognitive functions. Recent research has found that simply the aroma of peppermint essential oil could improve memory, reasoning, concept formation, attention span, and problem-solving.
How to use these essential oils
You benefit from these oils by putting a few drops of a combination of any of them in your diffuser (I do this in the morning) and use a brain-boosting roller bottle blend. Apply it under your feet – especially under the big toe, at the base of your skull, on your neck, behind your ears and over the forehead and temple.
You may wonder why putting oils in your feet is going to help your brain that is on the other side of your body. Read the answer here.
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