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How I Deal With Brain Fog

My memory is strange. I can’t recall a recent conversation, but I can recall lyrics to a song in a movie I watched in first grade (she combed her hair just once a year rissledy rosseldy mow mow mow). Thanks to brain fog, things aren’t much better. Brain fog can be frustrating and annoying. There are several ways I cope with mine, but I find these methods most helpful.

1. Reminders app

Reminders is one of those built-in apps on my phone. When it came out in an iOS update a few years ago, I immediately knew it would be a game-changer for me. Thanks to this app I can set reminders and receive notifications at specific times and/or locations. I can make them recurring and I can I tap them away quickly. Not a good time? I can ask it to remind me in an hour. This app is everything.

2. Post-it notes

Yep. It may seem dated but it gets the job done. I have post-it notes ranging from ones modeled to look like an old-school matchbook to one that’s 8in x 8in. I use these usually when I have a big day ahead of me. Before I left for Disney. I had Post-It’s marked near every step of my morning routine so I wouldn’t forget anything. Brushed my teeth, saw the note on the medicine cabinet reminding me to pack the toothbrush and meds. Grabbed my luggage, had a note reminding me to make sure I wore my tennis shoes and packed my lighter shoes. Post-It’s are helpful, particularly if I’m overwhelmed.

3. Slow down

I notice my brain fog worsens when I’m tired or if I’ve overdone it. If I realize I’ve forgotten the same thing more than once, or I go to do something and forget what it is more than once, it’s a cue to me that I need to slow down. I’m always doing way too much and overworking myself. It’s a calling card that it’s to chill for a moment. I stop multitasking, stop working, have a glass of water or a cup of tea, and take a moment to rest my brain. Sometimes it helps, sometimes it doesn’t. When it doesn’t I move to the last step.

4. Self-kindness

Having brain fog is frustrating! Simple questions leave you struggling to find an answer. You forget things easily. You worry what people must think about you, and some may even get angry with you. It’s a lot. That’s why it’s so important for me to be kind to myself. I tell myself that it’s okay, it’s not my fault, it just happens. I urge you to do the same. Don’t beat yourself up!

There are so many ways to cope with brain fog. Find what works for you, and make sure you’re nice to yourself along the way.

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