Concentrating on Brain Fog
Brain fog is my sworn enemy. It clouds my daily life, every day. It is the one symptom that never goes away. Every single day, I forget the simplest things: why I walked into a room or what I was going to say. Confusion rules a large part of my mind, some say it is now a part of my personality.
Tips for battling brain fog
While this is very frustrating on a personal level, trying to manage it at work is a whole new ball game. There are things, like paying salaries, that simply cannot get caught up in brain fog. To ensure in my work and personal life that things go according to plan and I do not mess up. I have lists.
I was one of those people who never forgot a birthday. Without the help of a calendar, I knew whose birthday was when. I always knew what I was doing in a room when I walked in. Importantly, I did not make a basic mistake at work.
With time, I learned to go digital. I use my phone's calendar and its reminders very effectively. It stores all the important dates including school, work, social life, and family events. I often use the calendar on my PC at work and like to sync the two. This way, I do not miss anything.
In my job, I often have to concentrate for long periods of time. This is something that I find particularly challenging. I work unsupervised and it is up to me to keep my head in the game. If I don't, it takes me five hours to do a two-hour job.
What I had to do was find ways to try and do my job effectively with the brain fog in tow. These are my go to tricks for when I need to concentrate for longer periods of time along with my day to day things that if nothing else, does not exacerbate the brain fog.
- Drink enough water.
- Try and get good quality sleep.
- Stay away from junk food, rather have a banana to improve focus.
- Set your smartwatch to remind you to move every 30 minutes.
- Keep a diary and use your digital calendar
A few other strategies I implement are emailing everything to myself. At the drop of a hat, I can look anything up that I worked on. I also step away from work when I am done and go back to it with a fresh perspective. It's also important to have just enough caffeine not too much!
Brain fog is real
Fatigue and joint pain may be the most well-known symptoms of psoriatic arthritis, but brain fog can also cause difficulty. It is very real and it is very serious for those of us who suffer from it.
Above all, take care of yourself. Work on whatever enhances your wellness because that will improve your cognition.
Share in the comments about how brain fog impacts your daily life.
Do you have a sleep disorder (eg. insomnia, sleep apnea, RLS) in addition to your PsA?