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Fibro Fog: 9 Tips to Live Better with This Fibromyalgia Symptom

Posted Mar 03 2011 12:17am
Fibro Fog is a Fibromyalgia symptom, sometimes referred to as brain fog, which causes a great deal distress to Fibromyalgia sufferers.  Here are several ways to help you live better with Fibromyalgia and reduce the impact of Fibro Fog:
 
  1. Stay mentally alert, mentally involved.  Read a book, do crossword puzzles or Sudoku puzzles regularly.  Play a musical instrument.  See a play or a movie. Fibromyalgia fog can be conquered with mental activity – think of it as a light workout for your brain.
     
  2. Don’t fall into the habit of doing the same thing every day…that couch potato syndrome.  Mental alertness and agility will help you keep your focus. 
     
  3. Get in the habit of repeating important things to yourself over and over.  This repetition will help you to keep your thoughts fresh and will reinforce the memories you are building. 
     
  4. Write down things you need to remember.  Write them in a calendar, in your own “Anti-Fog Notebook” or even on those 3-M sticky notes and attach them to the refrigerator or your mirror.
     
  5. Increase your physical activity.  Walking is one that I highly recommend – just don’t overdo it.  Pace yourself, and you will be rewarded. 
     
  6. Look for ways to help you focus.  You’ll know what works for you, but try to break down tasks into smaller chunks.  Attacking tasks in smaller chunks will help you to not become overwhelmed by all that needs to be done.  You’ll feel better having accomplished your task and moving to the next.
     
  7. Minimize external stimulation.  If you are experiencing Fibro Fog and trying to remember something, the added distraction of noise can be stressful.  Work in a quiet place so you can focus on your tasks.
     
  8. You probably already have identified your “best time of the day” – the time where your symptoms seem to bother you the least and you are the most productive.  If you have to engage in something that requires a lot of your attention, do it in this “best time of the day” time slot. 
     
  9. Learning to meditate is one of the best ways I know to minimize stress.  Stress is one of the leading contributors to Fibro Fog.  Practice meditation daily to relieve the stress, and thus minimize this Fibromyalgia symptom.
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