Do your concentration levels change?
Do your concentration levels change? Fluctuating concentration levels, forgetting things and losing memory all lead to not being able to focus.
All of these are symptoms of our “MidLife-Mind” and we can experience them during our perimenopause and menopause.
I found myself walking into a room and not being able to remember what I went in there for. Then would start a conversation or talk in a meeting and totally lose my train of thought.
These occurrences were happening more often especially when I felt under pressure. It was one of the symptoms that worried me but it was the consequence of feeling “stupid” that really upset me…
Once I understood why it was happening to me, I was able to develop solutions to help my MidLife-Mind to Think Clearly. Well on most days!
Why does menopause cause our concentration levels to change?
Loss of memory and poor concentration can often be funny, but it can also be extremely frustrating. It can be concern for us as business women who have previously been able to concentrate without any effort.
When our memory and concentration are impacted, it can have a real impact on our organisational skills. As a consequence, this can lead to issues in leading our businesses effectively.
In addition, we may feel some concern that this is an early sign of more serious conditions, such as Alzheimer’s.
We may find that we have difficulty concentrating for a number of reasons and finding the exact cause can be unclear. Oestrogen fluctuates during menopause and this is often the root of the problem for our lack of concentration and decline of general cognitive function.
This is because oestrogen has a strong link with neurotransmitters that are in our brain. It also encourages blood flow in the brain to keep it functioning at its optimum. When hormonal levels are low, our brain function can be affected in subtle ways.
Ways of improving our concentration levels
Tiredness can have a direct effect on our concentration, memory and overall MidLife-Clarity. It is important to get a good nights sleep and fuel our body correctly with the right nutrition and movement.
- Food– Eat a healthy diet, which is rich in brain friendly nutrients, lean protein, complex carbs & Omega-3.
- Phytoestrogens – These can be found in flax seeds, soy and oats and help to promote hormonal balance & help improve concentration.
- Vitamins B6 & B9 – Important for cognitive performance, focus and concentration and can be found in nuts, bananas & fish.
- Vitamin D deficiency may lead to concentration and memory problems, so ensure you top up daily with 20 minutes in the sunshine.
- Water – Make sure that you drink at least 2 litres of water a day, as your brain needs it to function efficiently & clear “brain fog”.
- Move – Daily movement will stimulate blood flow to the brain.
- Sleep – Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night to rejuvenate and improve our ability to focus.
- Calm – Meditation to slow our thoughts is great to help improve our ability to concentrate, along with taking regular breaks from work or long meetings.
- Clarity – Create lists as the simple act of writing things down is a great memory aid along with keeping key tasks in your diary or planner to reference during the day.
Therefore, it’s MidLife-Body: by eating a healthy diet rich in vitamins and nutrients, sleeping well and exercising our bodies so they work efficiently. With MidLife-Mind: by adopting some simple strategies to improve memory, focus, concentration and exercise our brain.
It is so important to remember that as our bodies change, we need to change with them and embrace the journey we are on. Just sharing experiences of memory problems with other women can be reassuring.
Watch my MidLife-MasterClasses on the Women in Business MidLife-Channel for more detail on the “40 things to accept over 40”.
HOW CAN I HELP “KEEP YOU IN BUSINESS THROUGH MIDLIFE & MENOPAUSE”
If you are struggling with your menopause symptoms, alongside leading your business then book a complimentary coaching session with me.
I specialise in coaching MidLife Women in Business to understand their changing bodies and manage their menopause alongside leading their business.
Simply, I’m “The MidLife Body and Business Coach” to make it easier for you to make both a priority!
Set the timer and take a 5 minute break to book yourself into my diary today.