5 Tips for Managing Brain Fog

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Brain fog — the vernacular for the dense cloud that muddies our thinking. It seems to go along with chronic illness like summer follows spring. I notice it settling in as I grow more tired or as my pain ramps up. But I can also just wake up and find it there, lingering like a cloud at the top of a mountain, hovering and muddling my attempts at recall, quick thinking, memory, language, attention and anything that requires focus.

It seems like so many of my receptors and neurons (I just had to ask my wife what those are called) aren’t firing, or perhaps are devoting themselves to negotiating signals about disease, discomfort and pain so they don’t have anything left for cognition. If I were to draw a graph about this there would be a sharp drop off in my ability to think, process, be witty, creative, tolerate much conversation, noise, interaction etc. since becoming ill. While perhaps this all is not attributable to the phenomena we call brain fog, it is certainly impacted by it and there is significant overlap. Here are some of the ways I have learned to compensate for the limited brain function brought on by brain fog.

1. Make lists.

2. Keep a journal.

3. Record important information.

4. Group important tasks.

5. Schedule essentials for delivery.

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