When you're relaxing, actually remove your phone and other things that you routinely pause to check. As the act of checking a phone is so habitual, you might not realise how much it cuts into your downtime. Rebecca recommends moving items like is out of the space you're occupying 'and eliminating any other distractions that may tease you into doing something else instead'.
drink and sleep well
Brain fog is going to come up more easily if you haven't slept well over a consistent period. Nutritionist Ellie Busby says seven to eight hours of sleep every night is the goal, while increasing your water consumption to at least 1.5 litres each day can help too.
analyse your diet
If this act feels alien to you, Ellie recommends logging your food and supplement intake over a few days. You can use an app or note it down on paper, but the act will make you more aware of the gaps in your nutrition. 'Make sure you're supplementing B12 and iodine every day if you're vegan or vegetarian, and make sure you're getting enough iron if your ferritin levels are low,' she adds.
If you struggle to relax, find activities that have a low mental impact to ease into taking time off. Ellie says: 'Take part in activities that help you relax and reduce your stress levels such as going for a walk, yoga or reading as they can be a great way to reduce the effects of brain fog.' Brain fog can be eased with proactive self-care.