Brain Fog? Pass The Champers …

ChampagneAccording to a newspaper report last week, now that I am Middle Aged/8 Years Away From a Saga Cruise, I am prone to brain fog.

No, really?

MS got there before – my brain is well and truly fogged up.

But help is at hand – a practical list of things I can do to slow down ‘the inevitable decline‘. I chortled and read on, forgetting I had a casserole in the oven (it was fine after I scraped off the top layer and threw out the burnt pot).

If I want to hang on to the rest of my brain cells, I should consider:

Turning off my phone – apparently Twitter gives me a hit of dopamine, just like a gambler in Vegas. And the problem is ..?

Switching off the TV – watching it increases my risk of brain fog by 20%. Reading, on the other hand, reduces it by 5%. What if I put the telly on silent and read the subtitles instead? Clever, eh?

Drink a glass of champagne – enough said. A most excellent idea, no studies needed.

Spice it up – add turmeric to just about everything, as it’s been dubbed ‘Miracle Gro’ for the brain’. I should add it to tea, salads, curries, casseroles (when I buy a new pot), shampoo, the air-con in my car. The list is endless.

Change your thinking – I must aim to do something new every day; something that gives me pleasure, power, pride, passion, and every other word beginning with ‘p’. I am currently Productively Pondering Possibilities.

Enjoy coffee – hooray! Ah. Without milk. Hmm. I drank black coffee for over 20 years in a vain hope of appearing semi-intellectual and interesting. It didn’t work (neither did the beret or prescription-less glasses) so I started adding milk when I hit 37.

Go to bed by 11pm – at this point, I gave up. 11pm. 11pm? The last time I was awake at 11pm, I was woken by the pesky cat yowling at my bedroom window with a recently-deceased mouse at her side. My idea of cognitive improvement is remembering to put the electric blanket on by 8pm.

Perhaps I have to face facts. MS has mushed up my brain. At times it’s funny – there’s a whole host of anecdotes about my inability to remember conversations, diary dates, shopping lists. Sometimes though, it’s a little sad.

Time to crack open the bubbly?

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10 thoughts on “Brain Fog? Pass The Champers …

  1. my memory has gone out of the window, if I don’t write it down I don’t remember it :/ pain in the butt with Uni, but writing everything down does mean I generally don’t miss a deadline. but have to keep the datebook with me all the time and put the dates on my phone, tablet and computer :p

    cider for me, when i remember there is one in the fridge :p xmas cider has been there since xmas :p

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Yup, I always say to The Teenager, ‘if it’s important, write it down!!’. Otherwise I completely forget the really important book he needs for school. I have lists everywhere.

  2. Sue Johnson says:

    Definitely! My wine and sodas in the evening bring me back to almost normal….. X

  3. Teresa McTernan says:

    I give up too!!! I had a ‘trick’ where I put my keys in the fridge at night in order to help me remember by sandwiches…it worked for a while until I started automatically reaching to the fridge for the keys but left the sandwiches lying there.

  4. Jadey Fung says:

    Pfft… Don’t become alcoholics people! Hehe! 🙂
    I used to drink, believe me my uni days were so cool, then MS played a role and that’s where it ends! :-((
    *sigh* but please don’t. Think it’s the end of the world people! 🙂 keep on fighting! 🙂

    • stumbling in flats says:

      A glass or two of champers is lovely now and again! But totally agree, MS seriously messes with ability to drink 🙁

  5. Caroline says:

    I have to wonder… why drink? I get that tipsy feeling just getting out of bed in the morning. Lol

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