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[WEB SITE] Griswold Home Care Launches Website for Caregivers

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Griswold Home Care, a provider of services to help adults age in place, launches CaregiverResource.com, a website designed to offer resources, tips, and inspiration to professional, volunteer, and family caregivers.

The website also links to pages of the Institute for Professional Care Education (IPCed) and the Family Caregiver Alliance, a nonprofit support group for caregivers.

Additional features include quotes and testimonials from professional and nonprofessional caregivers, career and salary information, job openings within Griswold Home Care, and a feature called “Ask Allegra,” in which 35-year GHC caregiver Allegra Chaney shares advice in response to visitors’ questions, according to a media release from Griswold Home Care.

“Griswold Home Care has long been committed to ensuring quality care for our clients, going back to our company’s founding by Jean Griswold, and we’ve taken that wealth of collective experience to assist caregivers both within and outside of the Griswold family,” said Matt Murphy, president and CEO of Griswold Home Care, in the release.

“We developed CaregiverResource.com to be a lighthouse and source of information for caregivers and those looking to enter the field.”

[Source(s): Griswold Home Care, Business Wire]

 

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[WEB PAGE] Help for Caregivers: Providing care can be exhausting, so it’s important for caregivers to look after themselves, too.

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This past December, my family experienced its first major health crisis when my 92-year-old father fell and fractured his hip. The holidays were a blur as he underwent hospitalization, surgery, and four weeks of in-patient rehabilitation in rapid succession. A college professor who had been professionally active into his 80s and physically active until the time he fell, my father struggled with the ensuing loss of autonomy.

The unfamiliar surroundings and acute illness contributed to delirium, and my ordinarily calm and thoughtful father became confused and agitated. During this traumatic time, my family, and especially my mother, had to deal with many of the challenges that are, sadly, all too familiar to you, our readers.

At his side at the rehabilitation facility nearly constantly, my mom slept in a bedside recliner because my father felt safer with her there. Although I was able to provide her with brief periods of respite, the sleep deprivation and constant vigilance took its toll on my mother. My dad is home now, but he still needs extra care. As I advise my mom regularly, it is imperative for caregivers to take regular breaks for the sake of their own health. In “Waiting Room,” we bring you one example of a program that provides relief for some of the 43.5 million caregivers in the United States.

The program, aptly called My Time for Free Time, provides breaks for caregivers by engaging their loved ones in structured activities once a week for three hours. Founded in 2015 in The Villages, a retirement community in Florida, the program is run by Bob Janson, a resident of The Villages, who supervises the volunteers and meets regularly with caregivers to ensure they are getting the support they need. Today, more than two dozen families take advantage of the program. Every Thursday, participants engage in crafts, art projects, music, and games—all for free.

Because caregiving can also involve young children, our story in “For the Caregiver” offers advice for parents of children with special needs who are “mainstreamed” into public education, including finding appropriate services and connecting with patient organizations and other families in similar situations.

Finally, we have some exciting news to share with our readers regarding the future of Neurology Now. With the April/May 2018 issue, we are unveiling a totally transformed print and online experience. The content will continue to meet our high standards of excellence, complete with expert advice from members of the American Academy of Neurology and our editorial board of neurologists. But we will provide even more in-depth resources and information for people with neurologic conditions, their caregivers, and anyone interested in brain health.

In April, be sure to keep an eye out for a “new face” to the magazine when it arrives in your mailbox or when you see it in your doctor’s office.

Until then, be sure to take time for yourselves.

Orly Avitzur, MD, MBA, FAAN

Editor-in-Chief

© 2018 American Academy of Neurology

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[BLOG] Your Behavior—How to Understand and Change It!

Richard Pfau, who holds a doctorate in science education and an undergraduate degree in psychology, wrote Your Behavior: Understanding and Changing the Things You Do as a reaction to what he sees as the current state of psychology. In his own words, the psychology field today is “scattered and speculative”.

Pfau’s goal with Your Behavior is to synthesize work from various fields including psychology, sociology, anthropology, and biology into a coherent explanation of why we do the things we do, and to do so in a way that is accessible to both laypeople and professionals. Throughout the book, he draws from perceptual control theory (PCT) to help readers understand their own behavior and how to change it.

Pfau does an excellent job of ordering and organizing his work. He begins with establishing the reader as an “autopoietic being,” which includes the assertion that we are wired to survive. As such, he asserts that most of our behaviors are done to ensure survival and often occur without conscious thought.

Pfau examines the origins of behavior from the cellular level up to all possible environmental levels and discusses how the different levels interact with each other in a system that is not strictly linear.

In life, most of us have “references,” or things like goals, plans, or how we think things ought to be. We change our behaviors based on our perceptions of how congruent they are with our references. A basic example could be something as simple as putting on a jacket when it is cold. Our body’s reference is to maintain its optimum temperature and homeostasis. But it can also be much more complicated. For instance, the references a person may have in his or her political or religious beliefs may lead to behaviors to bring the references for those beliefs into being.

We behave in such a way that our perceptions give us feedback to ensure we are in congruence with our references, whether our behavior is or is not a conscious thing. At times, we may mistakenly attribute a behavior to one level when it is a result of a different level. We are in constant interaction with our environment in terms of our perceptions of our references. Pfau offers a truly intriguing look at human behavior.

The first ten chapters offer a comprehensive overview of perceptual control theory (PCT) and why people behave the way they do, which includes a look at both ourselves and others. Pfau has organized the book in a way so that the reader can delve as deeply as they want.

Each chapter begins with a brief overview and contains multiple boxed highlights that give examples of topics in the chapter, or more in-depth information about concepts. These were very helpful as refreshers of what concepts mean throughout the book. I do not recall ever coming across PCT or autopoiesis before reading Your Behavior.

Each chapter ends with a preview of the following chapter, which gives a sense of the intentional continuity of the educational process of this book. There is an extensive list of references for further reading at the end of each chapter, as well as endnotes that give further information on the covered material. The organization and presentation are very straightforward, well thought out, and excellently presented.

I am still debating Pfau’s critique of current behavioral theory. He says that the term “culture” is abstract, and therefore a statement such as “culture causes behavior” is meaningless or misleading, and cannot be verified. But just as humans evolve in the interplay with their environment to survive, cultures also evolve, and generally due to the shortness of our lives, cultures (our interplay with our environment in a systems way) evolve outside of our awareness.

I think it may come down to “abstract” versus “construct.” There are arguments that the self is a construct, which I don’t think is addressed in this work. While reading this, I became curious as to how PCT would address the self, and perhaps culture, as a construct.

After providing a very thorough understanding of PCT and why we and others behave the way we do, the final two chapters guide us through analyzing our own behaviors, and how to systematically change them.

Pfau calls upon the works of several individuals for this, but one that stood out to me was John Norcross, who has been involved in the transtheoretical model of change over the years. (Curiously, I didn’t find any reference to the model here.)

There are very useful appendices including checklists and forms with cues to help readers analyze and develop a way to change their own behavior. Pfau even discusses his own change process with weight and smoking.

This is a very comprehensive work that is clearly presented. Your Behavior is a good book for anyone interested in behavioral change with a theory backing it that encompasses a comprehensive system from the cellular level up.

This guest article appeared on PsychCentral.comYour Behavior: Understanding & Changing the Things You Do and was originally posted on Psych Central by Richard H. Pfau and reviewed by Stan Rockwell, PsyD.

References

Richard H. Pfau (2017) Your Behavior: Understanding and Changing the Things You Do. Paragon House.

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[BLOG] 8 Things I’ve Learned From Having a Seizure Disorder

No one is able to prepare you for your first seizure and all that follows after it. Your whole life turns upside down on a dime and you have to quickly learn how to navigate this new condition. It’s frightening, but you’ll learn new things about yourself and the world around you. Here’s an abbreviated version of the things I’ve learned from having a seizure disorder:

1. Friendship

Some people don’t know how to handle being friends with someone who has a disability. They get embarrassed by you, they don’t understand when your body physically won’t allow you to go out or they just don’t want to bear your burden with you. These truths are hard to swallow until you find a group of people who are not ashamed of you, who don’t fault you for being sick and who are compassionate enough to sit with you all hours of the night. When you find this group of friends, hold on to them.

2. Finances

Holy crap, is it expensive. Between medication, doctor visits, etc., it adds up quickly and can swiftly put you in debt.

3. Medication

Can’t live with it, can’t live without it. The side effects can be debilitating – you may cease having seizures but you may feel like a shell of yourself. From lethargy to nauseousness to weight gain, it’s a slippery slope trying to navigate medicine and it’s not even guaranteed to be effective for you.

4. People will treat you differently

Enough said – this one sucks.

5. Modifications

You might have to alter your lifestyle to be seizure free. Diet changes, sleep schedules and monitoring stress becomes a part of your daily routine.

6. Fear

It’s the most frightening thing I’ve ever experienced and you don’t get used to it, you just learn how to better navigate. I have nightmares about having a seizure and I give myself panic attacks thinking about it. There are so many different variables that come into play and it’s easy to analyze each of them, resulting in mass chaos in your brain.

7. Family

They worry. Your mom loses sleep, your aunt prays for you, your sister listens to you cry. They love you and want answers just as badly as you do. Don’t shut them out when you get frustrated.

8. Faith

Your Heavenly Father hears the cries of your futile heart. He cares for you. I believe there is a purpose for your life and a reason why you have this condition. We may not understand what that reason is, but His word tells us that He works all things together for our good (Romans 8:28).

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[BLOG POST] Parenting After Brain Injury – Neuro Landscape

PARENTING AFTER BRAIN INJURY

While there are no prerequisites for the job, parenthood is a lifelong responsibility. It is also one of the most fulfilling and important roles a person can have in life. Brain injury, unfortunately, impacts individuals without regard to their roles and responsibilities.

Persons with brain injury are challenged in their ability to care for themselves, much less others, making parenting more difficult. Yet, in order to achieve long-term success post-injury, family reintegration, including parenting, is imperative. And the best way to achieve this is through skill redevelopment during postacute rehabilitation.

The Basics Still Apply, Before and After Brain Injury

Parenting requires the ability to not only care for oneself, but to do so often in deference to caring for children. Parents are frequently required to subjugate their needs and wishes to the importance of providing for the well-being, nurturing, education, safety, development, and future of their children.

This requires a mindful approach, planning with a spouse or partner, or managing alone with family and friends to provide for housing, food, clothing, and education all the while seeking to instill family and societal values. Most parents want their children to be safe and to have a future that is the same as or better than their own.

Raising children presents a range of personal challenges to most parents. It may require developing a willingness for selflessness while acquiring skills as a teacher, mentor, role model, and disciplinarian, at least. Many couples acknowledge that arriving at a parenting style can be arduous and the source of conflict in their relationship as they negotiate stylistic differences and determine and articulate behavioral, educational, value, and moral expectations for their children.

Relearning Parenting Skills is Vital to Family Integration

After brain injury, however, individuals tend to become more focused on themselves, and fail to provide the same kind of parenting approach/skills as they exerted prior to injury. They are likely to be much less involved in child rearing, in general, failing to participate in determining, communicating, and facilitating goals for their children. These responsibilities either are not met well, or fall entirely to a non-injured spouse, partner, or family member.

Active discussions must be undertaken with an individual and/or couple to raise awareness of the importance of assessment and intervention for parenting skills, and to actively intervene to redevelop such skills and focus within the family. Family members must be relied upon to build an understanding of parenting skills and styles prior to injury as well as parenting-related family dynamics so as to serve as goals for treatment.

These efforts must focus not only on reacquisition of parenting styles and skills, but also on parental engagement with children in accordance with the manner in which they engaged prior to injury. Finally, teaching must include knowledge of common reactions children may have to the temporary or permanent loss of a parent to injury. Counseling can be extremely effective in raising awareness of these issues and changing behaviors within a family system. Counseling can incorporate other family members such as spouses/partners, children themselves, or key extended family members with meaningful insights such as close aunts/uncles or grandparents. Re-engagement within a family system to the various roles one played prior to injury is critical to the long-term success of family reintegration.

 

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[BLOG POST] 10 small things you can do to help someone with a brain injury

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Five years ago I had no idea what a brain injury was, let alone how to help someone with a brain injury. I discovered that a lot of people don’t know what it means to live with a brain injury or how they can help.

Nowadays, people regularly tell me to let them know if they can help me with anything. I never know how to respond to this offer. Were they just being polite or did they mean it? What can or can’t I ask of someone? When does my request turns into a burden? What kind of help do I want?

However, the truth of the matter is that people definitely can help. Especially in social settings. By trial and error I’ve learned a couple of things that help me. Thus I thought it would be a good idea to put them into a list. A list of ten things with which my close friends and family members help me most often. Whenever someone offers to help me in the future, I’ll just point them to this list and let them pick and choose.

I hope this list can also help or inspire you in some way. A small disclaimer though, every brain injury is unique. I can only speak from my experience, but what works for me doesn’t have to work for others.  If you have any additions to this list please let me know! I can always write a later update.

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10 tips to help someone with a brain injury

  1. Get in touch
    If I don’t do something straight away and or write it down, I’ll likely forget doing it at all. I’ll just get distracted by everyday things and forget to get in touch or to plan a get together. So get in touch with us* if you haven’t heard from us in a while.
    * I kept struggling with I vs. we vs. you, so whenever I use ‘we’ or ‘us’ in this list, I mean we who have a brain injury.
  1. Bringing food
    The act of cooking or doing groceries are both exhausting. It therefore can really help if you can pick up some groceries or maybe even bring over that’s already prepared.
  1. No background music
    I used to love to have some music playing in the background. Not any more though, as I can’t tune it out. This means that it takes a lot of attention and energy if I also have to try and stay focused on the conversation. It helps a lot if you have no music (or clocks that tick loudly) playing.
  1. Providing a quiet place
    After forty-five minutes of talking I need to take a small break. To be one my own for ten minutes to process all the information and give my brain a chance to catch up. If you can point us to a certain room or place where we can retreat to so we can give our brain a break.
  1. Choosing where to sit
    If we’re going somewhere, I’m mainly paying attention to all the things I’d like to avoid. Things like speakers, harsh lighting, striped wallpaper, small children and large groups. Just about everything that provides a ton of auditory or visual stimuli. So if you can let us decide where we’d like to sit, we can stay out longer.
  1. Decide when to leave
    I love meeting with people and like to do that as long as possible. I’d only notice afterwards how far I’ve exceeded my limits. Rather than waiting for us to tell you to go, it therefore helps if you leave the moment you notice that we’re getting tired.
  1. Ask how today is
    People always ask how you are doing and I never know how to respond. It’s one of those open ended question where I never know what they want to know exactly and how I should respond. So ask how today is going. This is a much more defined questions, which is easier to answer.
  1. Don’t make it too complicated
    Don’t use too much imagery or abstract thinking. Whenever this happens I will be so busy ‘translating’ whatever you’re trying to say, that I lose the tread of the conversation. So keep it simple.
  1. See the progress
    It’s easier for me to compare my life ‘before brain injury’ with life ‘after brain injury’. Which isn’t helpful at all. If you see improvement compared to the last time you saw us, please let us know! It helps being made aware of the progress we have made.
  1. Be patient 
    Sometime we have trouble articulating. Either with putting our thoughts into words or finding a specific word. In that case, please be patient and wait for our brains to catch up. Eventually we will manage. If we suddenly start to cry or get angry, please don’t take it personally and try to stay patient. That’s a sure sign that we’ve reached our limits and need to sleep.

I hope this can help you as well. And to my dear friends and family, thank you for doing your best to accommodate the new me.

Do you use some of these or do you struggle with other things? If you have any additions to this list please let me know!

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[WEB SITE] Finding Freedom after Brain Injury – TBI Survivor

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Is a little freedom too much to ask?

Free from worry. Free from pain. Free from confusion. Free from doubt. Free from all the “little” nagging, ever present stuff   that can make life after TBI difficult.

We focus on repairing ourselves so we can get back what we lost, but really, what we are looking for in one word, is freedom.

Those Limits

Many of us feel held back by the limits our brain injury has imposed on us. Sometimes there are physical limitations. Many times we have cognitive limitations or feel the pressure of  financial, family or societal constraints; we have no money and we feel like outcasts.

When you put all these factors together, you come up with a life half lived. How do we make it a full, free life, full of moments of living without a care, soaring through life like an eagle?

As I said earlier, we don’t often think of our life after brain injury in terms of freedom. Rather we discuss it in terms of recovery, or getting our life back.

Well, freedom is not just about what we are able to do. It’s about who we are.

What is Freedom?

We want to break the bonds that bind us, but we are so focused on this thing the doctors call recovery, that sometimes we forget to live our lives; it’s almost as if we are marking time until we get back to where we want to be, and we don’t allow ourselves to live or be free.

We all have different opinions on what it means for us to feel free, really free after experiencing a brain injury. Maybe you are looking for the freedom you feel when you’re skiing through a layer of soft, fluffy powder.  Or perhaps you want to feel as though you are on the beach in the Caribbean with the surf crashing around you. It could be that freedom for you is simply being in control of your destiny.

So often, we feel trapped– trapped in our bodies, our heads or our circumstances, as we attempt to live our lives after brain injury. It’s almost as if there are these invisible straps holding us down, and we feel trapped by a condition that affects everything we do, say or think.

We desperately want to escape from this heavy, dark curtain that has fallen over us, but we don’t know how, except to faithfully follow the regimen our therapists and doctors have mapped out for us.

We may not realize it, but when everything we do is governed by a desire to recover, recover, recover, we are being c0ntrolled by our brain injury. Maybe there is a way to be thinking about how to live, live, live instead. Maybe we have to change our ideas of what it means to live, to be alive, and how we seek those things that make us feel free.

The Banshee War Cry

One of the best examples I can share of achieving true, momentary freedom, occurred about two months after I was discharged from the rehab. We had gotten about a foot of snow, and a friend and I went to a nearby hill to go tobogganing. I don’t have a clear memory of it, but I believe it was early evening.  The hill we were going to come down was short and steep, with a long run out.

We dragged the toboggan to the top of the hill, lay it down and got on.  I took a breath and then we pushed off. It was the first time since I had awoken from my coma that I felt alive; my senses bombarded me with stimulation. The wind blowing in my face. The powder snow spraying all around me. The speed. The smell of fresh snow, and everything around us completely still…except for us of course. We barreled down the hill.

Temporarily, anyway, I was free.

I had forgotten what freedom felt like. I wasn’t worried about crashing. I wasn’t worried about hitting my head. I didn’t care if I wiped out. It was just me, my friend, the snow and the toboggan.

Overcome with the feeling that I could do anything, I gave a loud “Whoop!”, like a war cry, when we were at our top speed.

I saw the importance of stringing the small moments together, of living for every moment and taking nourishment from them because they gave me freedom. They gave me life.

That’s what I want for myself. That’s what I want for all of us: to feel free with no worries. To feel what it is like to be alive and be full of possibilities.

Thanks, Jeff

 

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[BLOG POST] Gist reasoning – The most invisible loss of mild TBI

Broken Brain - Brilliant Mind

catching-up-6I am thinking a lot about losses, these days. Loss of friends, loss of doctors, loss of family, loss of jobs, loss of money, loss of hope.

I’ve been actively working on my brain injury recovery since 2007 — nearly 10 years. I got hurt at the end of 2004, so it’s been over 11 years since my last TBI. And my expectations and hopes have varied, during that time.

I always expected to be able to build back my abilities to at least some extent. I expected to be able to be able to retrain my brain to build back my memory, to address my distractability, to handle my fatigue, and basically all-round get myself back to where I wanted to be.

But that hasn’t happened. The one area where I have significantly improved, is in my gist reasoning, which is really the biggest “functional” deficit I had. Not…

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[WEB PAGE] Stressed out? Try talking to yourself in the third person

New research shows that talking to yourself in the third person may help to relieve stress and anxiety.

From meditation to physical activity, there are various things that we can do to regain control over our emotions during stressful times. But what if there was an easier way of doing that? New research investigates the effect of talking to yourself in third person on emotion management.

A team of researchers, led by scientists from Michigan State University in East Lansing and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, set out to examine the neuropsychological effect of talking to oneself in the third person on controlling one’s emotions.

The researchers’ hypothesis was that talking to oneself in the same way that one would about others would provide some much-needed psychological distance, which may help to control emotions.

The new study – which is published in the journal Scientific Reports – consists of two neuroscientific experiments that tested this hypothesis.

Using an electroencephalograph

In the first experiment – which was conducted at the Clinical Psychophysiology Lab and led by Prof. Jason Moser, of Michigan State University – participants were asked to look at emotionally aversive images (for example, a man pointing a gun at their heads) and neutral images.

They were asked to view these images in both conditions: the first-person condition, and the third-person condition.

In the former, the participants asked themselves, “What am I feeling right now?” But in the latter condition, they asked themselves, “What is [participant’s name] feeling right now?”

The participants’ brain activity was monitored using an electroencephalograph.

Referring to themselves in the third person reduced the participants’ brain activity across the neural mechanisms that are known to be involved in emotional regulation – and it did so almost immediately, within 1 second.

Interestingly, the brain activity – as recorded by the electroencephalograph – did not show an increase in cognitive control markers, which suggests that the strategy is effective at managing stress in a cognitively effortless way.

Talking to oneself inside an fMRI machine

In the second experiment, participants were asked to recall emotionally distressing experiences from their past in both first-person and third-person conditions.

This time, however, their brain activity was monitored using a functional MRI (fMRI) machine.

The second experiment revealed decreased activity in the medial prefrontal cortex, an area known to be a marker for self-referential emotional processing.

So, the third-person technique decreased activity in the brain area involved in processing painful autobiographical emotional memories.

However, reinforcing the findings of the first experiment, the second experiment did not reveal increased activity in the brain network involved in the cognitive control of emotions, the frontoparietal network.

This suggested, once again, that talking to oneself in the third person may be a simple and cognitively inexpensive way of reducing negative emotions on the spot.

Essentially, we think referring to yourself in the third person leads people to think about themselves more similar to how they think about others, and you can see evidence for this in the brain. That helps people gain a tiny bit of psychological distance from their experiences, which can often be useful for regulating emotions.”

Prof. Jason Moser

“What’s really exciting here,” says the leader of the second study, Ethan Kross, of the University of Michigan, “is that the brain data from these two complementary experiments suggest that third-person self-talk may constitute a relatively effortless form of emotion regulation.”

“If this ends up being true – we won’t know until more research is done – there are lots of important implications these findings have for our basic understanding of how self-control works, and for how to help people control their emotions in daily life,” concludes Kross.

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[BLOG POST] 9 Tips to help clear brain fog

How do I say this? I CAN’T THINK STRAIGHT THIS WEEK. Ok, I guess I came up with those words pretty easy but if I want to speak past a 6th-grade grammar level I need a thesaurus.

Many suffering with chronic illness find themselves plagued by a condition known as brain fog.

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You may have also heard of fibro fog in the fibromyalgia community. Same thing! At it’s very worst it can cause a disorienting effect that can leave a person not knowing where they are or where they were headed for 30-90 seconds or more. I haven’t experienced it to that extreme, yet.

My main problems are losing my train of thought mid-sentence, comprehending what I’m reading, and having trouble following conversations. Sometimes it can feel like a bunch of static in my head and I wish I could just tune in to whatever channel needs to be my focus for that moment.

There are a few little tricks I keep up my sleeves to help clear brain fog. I thought I’d share them with you.

    1. Don’t trust your brain. Even though you think of yourself as normally an intelligent person who’s really focused; just face it. For certain periods of time, possibly every day for some, you won’t be able to trust that little gray matter in your skull. Don’t stress about it or feel less of a person – just work with it. Determine that you’ll change how you do certain things so you can manage at your very best!
    2. Don’t panic – you’re not losing your mind. Some individuals get really nervous that they could be developing Alzheimer’s. The two aren’t related and the one doesn’t turn into the other. For example, with brain fog I might forget what you just told me but with Alzheimer’s I may forget who you are.
    3. Make lists! And use them! Use a planner too! I’m getting better at this all the time. For example, I developed a grocery list that is divided into sections according to the aisles in my local grocery store. This really helps me stay on track and focused. I don’t have to keep scanning through a list in the midst of store noise to be sure I grabbed it all; I just start at aisle one and I’m all set.
    4. Sleep. The problems with brain fog are multiplied when you’re tired and wore out. I understand insomnia can come with the territory of chronic illness too. Try your best to do what you can to unwind at night and talk to your dr to see what can be done to help. Insomnia is horrible and can highlight fatigue, fog, and pain – among other problems!
    5. Talk to your doctor about possibly adding some supplements to your mix. I discovered a supplement called ribose from reading a book by Dr. Teitelbaum called Fatigued to Fantastic. D-Ribose is a simple, natural sugar that your body uses in the energy molecules. It also helps process other nutrients as well, such as the B vitamins. As part of my treatment my doctor has me taking B vitamins 3x’s a day; mainly for the fatigue. However, I have noticed a drastic difference with my brain fog on days I don’t take them.
    6. Get oxygen moving in your blood! Exercise increases the flow of oxygen and blood to the brain and helps with the fog. I understand there are days we can barely shower, let alone get out for a walk. For those days, I’ve noticed sitting on my porch, or even in the house in a quiet room for a bit, and breathing deeply helps calm down my mind when it’s racing or foggy and it allows me to focus better.
    7. Cut back on the sensory overload. I grew up in a house where the tv was on almost constantly. Sad to say it’s on way too much in my own home. To top it off I have my cell phone, my Kindle, my computer, my husband, my kids and my grandson all contributing to the amount of input my brain is trying to process at any given moment. On days I’m at my foggiest I find taking some time away from all the media noise helps! I can’t turn off the people in the home, I’ve tried ;). But I can limit those other things!
    8. Uni Task. I don’t know who decided multi-tasking was the benchmark for productive women but they certainly didn’t have a chronic illness or brain fog. I’m not militant about this. Yes, I’ll do other things while I have a load of laundry in the washer but trying to do too much just adds to the already confused state of our minds. Focus on one thing at a time and don’t allow yourself to be distracted by trying to do multiple things at once.
    9. Avoid caffeine. Trust me, a Coke is usually the first thing I want to grab when I need to focus but it only means you’re going to crash later on. Also, because it’s a stimulant it can make all those jumbled thoughts floating around in there move faster-making things worse!

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