Written by Dr. Valentina Quintana MD on
May 24, 2022
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We’ve all heard of Covid Brain Fog, that feeling of forgetfulness, confusion, and general mental fatigue that has become all too common since the pandemic began. And while there’s no official diagnosis for Covid Brain Fog, there’s no denying that it’s a real phenomenon.

But what is Covid-19 brain fog? Where does it stem from? How can you get rid of it? Will I be stuck in the fog forever? These are all questions that we’ll try to answer in this article. So, let’s take a deeper dive into what Covid 19 brain fog is and how you can work to treat it. 

What is  Covid-19 Brain Fog? 

For starters, brain fog is not a medical condition. It’s a symptom that can be caused by a variety of things, including stress, lack of sleep, anxiety, depression, and even certain medications. Basically, anything that disrupts your body’s normal functioning can lead to brain fog.

Now Covid-19 brain fog is simply brain fog that is attributed to the stress and anxiety of living through a pandemic and even an after-effect of having the condition. It’s that feeling of being in a mental fog, where you can’t focus, concentrate or think clearly. You may have trouble remembering things, be easily distracted or find it hard to make decisions. 

Covid 19 brain fog can also lead to physical symptoms, such as fatigue, headaches and muscle aches. This pesky feeling of fogginess can really interfere with your daily life and make it hard to get things done. 

How Long Does Covid 19 Brain Fog Last? 

Brain fog is one of the most frustrating symptoms of Covid-19. You know you should be able to focus, but your mind feels sluggish and filled with cotton wool. So how long will this dreaded condition last?

For some people, brain fog starts to lift after a few days or a week or two. But for others, it can linger for weeks or even months

Keep in mind, this is all just general speculation. Every situation is different, everybody reacts a little differently to this new and bizarre virus and all the symptoms and side effects that come with it. 

Symptoms of Post-Covid or Long Covid 

This fast and furious virus has been with us for quite some time now and people are still feeling the aftermath of Covid-19. While some people recover quickly and experience only mild symptoms, others face a long road to recovery. This is often referred to as “long Covid” or “post-Covid syndrome.” 

Symptoms of long Covid can vary widely from person to person, but some common symptoms include fatigue, brain fog, joint pain, and anxiety. For many people, these symptoms can be debilitating and make it difficult to return to their normal routine. 

If you’re struggling with long Covid symptoms, it’s important to seek out medical help and support from family and friends. With time and care, you’ll eventually get back on your feet.

How Covid-19 Affects the Brain 

When it comes to Covid-19, we tend to think about how it affects the lungs, as it has for the most part shown to be a respiratory affliction. But the virus can also have an impact on the brain. 

In fact, research suggests that Covid-19 may lead to neurological problems in a significant number of patients. The exact nature of these problems is still unclear, but they range from mild headaches and dizziness to more serious conditions like strokes and dementia. 

Some experts believe that Covid-19 may cause inflammation in the brain, which can damage cells and lead to neurological problems. In addition, the virus is thought to be capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier, which could allow it to directly attack brain cells. 

As a result, Covid-19 could have a significant impact on the brain and nervous system. Further studies are needed to understand the full extent of these effects, and time is needed to understand the longevity of the condition. However, it’s clear that the virus is not just a respiratory illness, and it can have serious consequences for the brain as well.

How to Get Rid of Covid-19 Brain Fog 

Assuming you’re one of the unlucky ones who contracted Covid-19, you might be struggling with something that has come to be known as Covid brain fog. Characterised by problems with focus, concentration and memory, it’s a far cry from the “I’m so bored” kind of brain fog that can set in on a rainy Sunday afternoon. This is the kind of thing that can make it hard to get through a work meeting or even just have a conversation without forgetting what you were talking about mid-sentence.

So what can you do about it? Here are a few quick tips:

Perform aerobic exercise 

One of the best things you can do for your mental health, whether you’re suffering from brain fog or not, is to get moving and perform some aerobic exercise. While it may seem counterintuitive to exercise when you’re feeling exhausted, research has shown that aerobic exercise can help improve brain function and reduce feelings of fatigue. So go for a run, take a dance class, or go for a swim–your brain will thank you for it!

Eat Mediterranean-style meals 

This one may seem to come way out of left field, but studies have shown that foods like olive oil, nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables, and fish can help improve cognitive function and reduce inflammation. So next time you’re feeling foggy, reach for some healthy Mediterranean-style snacks and give your brain the nourishment it needs to function at its best. Bon appetit!

Avoid drugs and alcohol 

One of the worst culprits for brain fog is drug and alcohol use. This is because substances like alcohol can interfere with neurotransmitters, which are responsible for sending messages between neurons. This can lead to problems with memory, concentration, and overall cognitive function. So if you’re serious about getting rid of brain fog, it’s important to lay off the booze and avoid using recreational drugs. 

Sleep well

When you’re sleep-deprived, your body doesn’t have the time it needs to recover from the day’s events and repair any damage that may have been done. This can lead to all sorts of problems, including brain fog. So make sure you’re getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night, and you’ll start to see a difference in your ability to think clearly.

Pursue cognitively stimulating activities 

Pursuing cognitively stimulating activities is just a fancy way of saying “use it or lose it.” Just like any muscle in your body, your brain needs to be worked out on a regular basis to stay sharp and one of the best ways to keep your mind in tip-top shape is to challenge yourself with new experiences and unfamiliar tasks.

So if you’ve been feeling a little fuzzy-headed lately, try adding some cognitive workouts to your daily routine. Take on a new hobby, learn a new language, or even just play a few rounds of Sudoku. By keeping your brain active and engaged, you can help banish Covid 19 brain fog for good.

Participate in other activities you enjoy 

Participating in activities you enjoy can help to clear the cobwebs and get your mind back on track. So whether you’re a fan of puzzles, painting, or pottery, now is the time to give yourself a mental break and get creative. 

Trying something new can also be helpful in sparking fresh ideas and perspectives. And if you’re finding it difficult to focus on one thing for extended periods of time, break up your day with shorter bursts of activity. Even taking a quick walk around the block can make a world of difference. 

Consider therapies that are based on neuroplasticity 

There are several therapies that show promise in helping to improve cognitive function. One of these therapies is based on the principle of neuroplasticity, which states that the brain can adapt and change in response to new experiences. This therapy involves using exercises and activities that challenge the brain and help it to develop new neural connections–which basically is the best way to cure brain fog!

In Conclusion

So there you have it: everything you need to know about Covid brain fog. If you’re feeling a bit hazy these days, don’t worry, you’re not alone. And there are things you can do to help clear the fog. Just remember to take things slow, get plenty of rest, and give your brain some time to adjust to the new normal. With a little patience and care, you’ll be back to your old self in no time.

If you’re looking for more information on how to improve your cognitive function, check out our blog posts on the subject. And be sure to join our online community to get the latest tips and advice from experts in the field.

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