THE NEW YORK TIMES – Researchers are just beginning to understand the cognitive dysfunction that some people experience with Covid-19 and a range of other health issues.
Even if doctors can’t find a physical cause for your brain fog, there are steps you can take to manage it, Dr. Hellmuth said.
Start with short-term adaptive strategies to manage everyday tasks.
– Write notes and set alarms so that you don’t miss appointments.
– Take regular breaks during long projects so you’re better able to maintain focus and finish tasks.
– You might also try tracking your daily activities, using an app on your phone or just a notebook to figure out what times of day you feel most energetic and clearheaded. Then, reserve this time to do more difficult or complicated tasks.
Your health care provider may also suggest making lifestyle changes to improve your overall health and energy. “We try to encourage cardiovascular exercise, a good diet, sleep and social activities that are known to be beneficial for the brain,” Dr. Hellmuth said.
Physical activity can help improve your ability to focus, as well as increase neural connectivity and memory formation in the brain.
If you don’t feel up for rigorous workouts, try doing them in small chunks so you can slowly build up your aerobic fitness. Make sure you stay hydrated and eat a variety of foods high in vitamins and antioxidants.
And reach out to friends and family for support. Studies have shown that maintaining a rich social network not only helps reduce stress during difficult times, it can also enhance intellectual stimulation and improve your brain health …