To manage cognitive fog, you can implement strategies to improve your thinking and memory. These could include:
- putting together a routine to plan and structure your day
- having a ‘memory centre’ at home – a pin board where you put the bills you need to pay and memos
- using a diary or your smartphone for memory prompts, reminders and planning
- prioritising one task at a time and removing distractions (e.g., background noise) when possible
- breaking down big tasks into smaller chunks and working on them over a few days
- avoiding doing things when you’re tired or anxious. This may worsen your ability to focus
- investigating other things that could be causing cognitive dysfunction.
If stress and anxiety are big triggers for your cognitive fog, you could also manage your symptoms with things like meditation, yoga, regular walks, breathing exercises and guided relaxation.
For more severe cognitive difficulty, you may be referred to a neuropsychologist, speech pathologist or occupational therapist, who can help you retrain your brain with clinical exercises.