NetGalley Review - The Brain Fog Fix

The Brain Fog Fix: Reclaim Your Focus, Memory, and Joy in Just 3 Weeks - Mike Dow

I was attracted to this book purely based on its title. Once I spotted the words “The Brain Fog Fix”, I was on a mission to read this book, and kept my fingers crossed that I would be approved on NetGalley.

As I have ME/CFS I have had constant brain fog for many years. I go through a daily struggle of trying to get my brain to function enough to do basic daily tasks as well as run my online business. I’ve been going through a rough patch for most of this year, so this book has come at the right time, as I need a reminder of the things I should be doing.

I was already familiar with a lot of the tips and advice given in this book, and can confirm that some of it does work if you stick to it. The problem is that when your energy reaches such low levels, it is hard just to get through the day, let alone make the effort to change your routine. That’s where this book comes in. It is easy to understand and gives great advice on diet and nutrition, exercise, improving sleep, spiritual wellbeing, and making a few general lifestyle changes.

Later on in the book is a 3 week program where you are encouraged to make different changes each week. I’m already a healthy eater, as I know how much worse I feel when I don’t eat healthy, but I have started eating a lot more fish than I normally do. The only fruit I normally eat is bananas, but I have introduced berries into my diet this week, and also trying my best to eat more vegetables. Not quite managing to eat enough every single day, but I'm sure I'll get there eventually.

I have had insomnia for many years, and I’m already fully aware of how sensitive I am to blue light from electrical devices. I even have to have the Wi-Fi switched off in my house in order to sleep. I have always tried to get off the main work computer as early as possible, and have now set myself a 7pm curfew. I do have a habit of mooching on my mobile phone while watching TV in the evening, but since reading this book, I’ve set myself a 10pm time limit when all mobiles and tablets must be switched off. We’re working towards turning them off by 9pm, but doing this gradually so that we’re more likely to stick to it.

In the New Year I plan to focus on gradually increasing my exercise levels, and then focus on the hardest part for me, which is the spiritual aspect. I have never been good at meditation, and despite knowing it is good for me, I can’t help but feel guilty about wasting time. I’m the kind of person who is always on the go, so I struggle to give myself time to just relax. I’m determined to try and tackle this issue in 2016, so hopefully the spiritual exercises and short meditations within this book will help me achieve this goal.

I recommend this book to anyone who has depression, anxiety, ME/CFS, or just feeling generally stressed, run down and lacking in energy. This book does contain a lot of information, and you’ll never remember it all, so my advice is to do like I have done, get a notebook and write down all the parts that you feel could be most useful to you.

I would like to thank the publisher, Hay House for allowing me a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.