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Brain fog can get embarrassing. What’s your work-around?

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    • Bre19

      142d

      @RenTheFren same

    • Bre19

      142d

      Sometimes I will do something creative

    • Bre19

      142d

      Sometimes I'll go on a walk

    • Bre19

      142d

      I like to sometimes watch a movie

    • KatieGB

      142d

      I don't really tell people, when it happens I just have a funny phrase, "brain not working brain left the building" or something like that, I usually will say give me a second I'll get there and people are usually quite patient

    • Bre19

      143d

      I like to take naps

    • RenTheFren

      156d

      I close my eyes, take a few deep breaths, and try again.

    • hydroepilepic21

      534d

      I wanted to try neuriva but my mom wouldn't let me because of the coffee fruit is there anything out there without that in it?

    • DonD

      534d

      Neuriva and PQQ Energy (brain supplement) really help me on slow tiresome days to be alert and sharp.

    • Kittypop

      545d

      Lists! Main monthly calendar in the kitchen, weekly itinerary in planner, etc. keep track of things in tiers. Prioritize!

    • Tess123

      565d

      I keep a calendar/ journal. I can write appointments, things that happened, how I felt. I rely heavily on my calendar. I feel like I remember things easier in that format but it’s wonderful to fall back on!

    • hydroepilepic21

      565d

      I've tried everything, including repeating things back to myself and nothing works.

    • Sarahjean

      566d

      I don’t have one lmao

    • mx.mistoffolees

      567d

      I dont have brain fog too much so I usually just avoid doing too much on days when I do

    • gummyie

      567d

      nicotine

    • BeanBetter

      568d

      Weed

    • cinnabunni

      568d

      I’ve perfected fighting it off long enough to say “loading” while sticking a finger up in the universal ‘wait’ gesture and folks will usually laugh which breaks tension until I can actually get my last brain cell on the hamster wheel

    • TheMoonGoddess420

      569d

      Reminder with my morning alarm it has a list of everything I do and need to do daily. So I keep up with all of them. Fibro trick! Lol 💜💜💜💜

    • kk062001

      569d

      I write down everything and cross things off as I go

    • spicysugar

      570d

      Coffee, monster, extra shots, red bull, ect. Then again my brain fog in the past was due to an eating disorder and currently is due to insomnia

    • Fluffy_Mingo

      575d

      Learning to be okay with substitution words

    • BeanBetter

      575d

      I've been lucky enough to mask my brain fog.

    • Tracks

      575d

      How did you post the image “

    • Tracks

      575d

      Tell people I need a second, it’s hereditary lol

    • SlothMomma94

      576d

      I use post it notes everywhere and a note book but also just own up to it when it happens I've learned in my 21years of chronic illneses to brush of judgement of others it's too exhausting to let their unimportant opinions of affect how I feel about myself and my conditions

    • Jody

      576d

      Brain fog is embarrassing cause I can't remember things right in the middle of a sentence 😳

    • Bre19

      576d

      Being open about it

    • EmmaWai

      631d

      Being honest about what's going on. I mean, it's hard when I have brain fog to realize what is going on! But if I do I am honest and sat in a little foggy today or I am dissociating and people generally understand. It's a little awkward but it gets rid of some anxiety

    • TheFemaleSmokey

      631d

      Nothing I just look stupid

    • LyricRainn111

      631d

      I dont have one yet… lol. Hopefully I can find one soon.

    • Mikeyboyer

      631d

      The rot consumes

    • juliecarlstan

      632d

      Play dumb

    • forbiddenpoet

      632d

      Sometimes if its induced by a medication certain nootropics can help counteract the foggy/disconnected feeling.

    • NelsamWhiskers

      632d

      I talked to my migraine Specialist as my brain fog was getting worse and I constantly felt like my head was in a fishbowl. I now have meds that help my migraines from happening as well as alleviating the brain fog.

    • Ethereal

      632d

      A hot bath helps a little, once I start washing, I like to pretend I'm scrubbing it away

    • gatsbybird

      638d

      splashing water on my face, driving with the windows down, sometimes just sitting alone for a little bit helps too

    • skull_girl

      640d

      Notifications and reminders are a life saver!! Also, in conversations when I forget stuff due to brain fog, I tend to lie...Fake it till you make it amirite? 😂

    • myaangel_17

      640d

      🙏

    • MightyMaeve

      642d

      I recently picked up an rx, & when I was asked to confirm my address, I gave the girl an address I had lived at 30 years ago! So embarrassing.

    • Wiley

      642d

      smiling and nodding like i know what’s going on

    • bouncyroo11

      642d

      Laughing

    • Medical_1234

      644d

      I know what helps my brain fog at work is I have this excel sheet where I list my tasks and we explain what tasks we did, what we’ll do next week and any challenges and risks that may happen. Keeping that open while I’m working reminds me to log as I go :)

    • chiken

      644d

      I literally need a queue to remember smh

    • TheFemaleSmokey

      645d

      I always get mad, give up and then remember goes later after it is irrelevant then randomly you will hear me yell across the house "ah ha I remember now" lmao

    • plutonianskys

      645d

      trying to leave the situation or sleeping if I can. if i can't, i locate my safe person/people and stay near them until it clears up enough for me to properly function.

    • katie19

      645d

      It helps me to choose something specific to focus on

    • CinderLorel

      647d

      Honestly I don’t have a work around. I just stumble through the fog until I ethier find a solution or I make it worse.

    • remedy330

      648d

      My brain fog is crazy ......

    • Cheylo

      649d

      I always tell people ahead of time if they're trying to give me important information or a list of things to do, "hold on before you tell me something, let me right it down or I WILL forget." And then if I know the person well enough and if you can say a silly joke to them sometimes I'll add "I have the brain of a pigeon sometimes so let me make sure I get what you say" It helps just to ease the tension a bit from bringing out a method of taking notes before they talk. That and I have notepads all around the house incase I spontaneously need to write down and item I need to put on the grocery list that I keep forgetting. And setting reminders on my phone for time sensitive things. Or if it's an office type setting you can always keep a notebook for notes and if anyone asks you can say your practicing on your workplace skills and taking notes helps you focus. No one will question someone genuinely wanting to improve themselves. 👍

    • killakam

      649d

      I have to write everything done.

    • CaitieBug

      649d

      Lots of notes. Lots of reminders.

    • outshinesparks93

      649d

      This is a pretty common thing for those that don't have something they are freaking with that has a side effect of brain fog. So in my experience I just laugh it off and say whoops give me x amount of time and I'll get back to you, if someone asked a question.

      • outshinesparks93

        649d

        @outshinesparks93 Dealing** with

    • Critter101

      650d

      Always noting everything in my phone, either on the calendar or the notes app, because it's something I take everywhere and only lose sometimes, for short periods.

    • Spoonie01

      650d

      Majority of the time I tell the people around me that my brain isn't working and I just do my best to relax until it clears. Music helps me with just about everything and it helps wonderfully to give my brain something to focus on rather than the fuzzy white noise in my head.

    • DoodleBug18

      650d

      I just try not to talk to anyone and stay by myself til it seems to clear.

    • TheDom98

      651d

      It’s the worst feeling, especially when you really can’t allow yourself to be distracted, such as highly responsibility’s moments or new surroundings where you should watch out what you’re stepping onto

    • Tieyonnalane

      651d

      Being organized I like that I can schedule things on a notebook or digital calendars that always help me organize on days that I feel like I need to do something ✋

    • SparklesJ

      652d

      Lists

    • jdog54321

      653d

      I agree with the comment about dark chocolate helping. I ran out and forgot to get more though. 🤣 Hang in there everyone! We're not crazy, we're just different. 👍

    • suspiciouscat

      653d

      i make a to do list. this way everything important will get done. set lots of reminders on my phone. but when people ask my something and i don’t know i just say “i forgot” lol

    • SquippyMars

      656d

      Being embarrassed isn't the main issue for me, it's getting frustrated that I can't make my brain work. I can't understand the words your saying, I can't think of extremely simple words. I spent like 10 minutes on the word "restaurant" the other day and it haulted the conversation completely. I still don't know how to deal with it, it's honestly my worst issue.

      • suspiciouscat

        653d

        @SquippyMars ahh yes the cursed restaurant. i just have to say rest-store-ant in my head…

    • randochikn

      656d

      God I start to stumble on words, talk in circles, forget words that are simple and such, I usually just say sorry and that I am tired and stop talking and ask them something

    • Freckledhen

      656d

      I feel angry when brain fog is a problem. I've got a very decent I.Q., have taught in the classroom, held leadership positions in various jobs and boards I was on. AND NOW I CAN'T ACCESS WHAT I KNOW IS AVAILABLE INSIDE MY HEAD. I LOOK AND ACT LIKE A VACUOUS ENTITY WITH NO BRAINS AT ALL. I get feelings of shame because I can't perform like I used to. Sometimes, depending on the people, I struggle with guilt. Guilt for causing messy, time-consuming difficulties communicating or getting something accomplished. I make some of my friends mentally tired trying to negotiate my thinking or the lack of it. I don't have a good way to work around it. I just piss some people off when I'm foggy. Hopefully, I'll work through the anger and have a better answer.

    • miaiaia

      657d

      I just tell people my brain has switched from fiber internet back to dial up sometimes

    • jdog54321

      660d

      Dark chocolate actually helps me. Some days are still worse than others, but dark chocolate gives me the edge still and it tastes delicious!

    • hay26

      660d

      I forget things not even 5 minutes later I forgot what I'm walking into a room to get or do I'm 26.. I'm tired of it

      • Fire101

        645d

        @hay26 31 here and i still do it.

    • Vicky8480

      661d

      😥 brain fog drives me nuts. I pray it improves

    • misgendry

      664d

      As it turns out, a posterior fossa decompression.

    • Dayze

      664d

      Mine is a toxic work around. I just isolate myself or keep to myself when with people.

    • SkylerRose

      665d

      Drink something cold

    • alovelynotesapp

      665d

      Brain fog is my worst enemy. #longcovid

    • EffervescentSoul

      665d

      Be honest and get some restful sleep. That helps mine but yours may be a different cause. Cheers

    • michelledevyn

      667d

      Just being really open with the people i have to interact with. It can be hard and embarrassing but i think it's important in the long run. Patience is key

    • Dade

      667d

      I haven't found a “work around” half the time I can't tell myself that it's brain fog!

    • Cherry_Jo

      667d

      I lag like a game sometime

    • Butterfly9937

      668d

      Just before I left my job as a Foster Care Coordinator, I had a court appearance for one of my kids. This kid stayed into something so we’re ALWAYS in court. Well, we had to do roll call for the court dockets. When they got to me, I went blank. All I needed to say was name, title, and how I’m related to the child. I went totally blank. I thank God that one of my coworkers were there. She introduced herself and me. It was so natural that only she and I knew that I had checked out temporarily. It was too funny to be embarrassing. I just chalked it up. I would write ✍🏽 everything down on a little index card or on my legal pad. It’s something but what can you do? 🤷🏽‍♀️🤷🏽‍♀️

    • Livs26

      669d

      I just say "______ is hard" as a way to laugh it off. Like "thinking is hard" or "math is hard." People usually think its funny and agree to go with it.

    • Kokobetic

      669d

      If you’re smart, and you know you’re intelligent , then who gives a fart what you say ❤️ I just laugh it off and then show them through my actions at work rather then saying I’m stroking each time I try to use my words

      • Kokobetic

        669d

        @Kokobetic Also, most people are understanding and if you have a good team will support you and lift you up when you feel embarrassed. If not, then you have us ❤️

    • Terp

      671d

      Give the world a look like Im about to topple empires until I can sort through my thoughts and find the one I had lost! 😂Lol, it's a kinda frightening look. Probably need to work on that...

    • BreBee04

      671d

      Joking about it. It makes me less embarrassed and makes others laugh at my jokes instead of my mistakes

    • Talaya

      671d

      I work with kids so when it happens I take a step back and verbally say "brain?!" Then come back to what I needed. It helps my students understand that my brain stopped working for a moment and that I needed a minute. It was embarrassing at first, but now everyone around me also understands that I just need a minute.

    • Biosynthesis

      672d

      Anecdotally speaking, bupropion + lisdexamfetamine + diazepam + lamotrigine + escitalopram + esketamine works for me personally, but solutions are like fingerprints.

    • Lygia

      672d

      I just laugh about it most the time. Sometimes it pisses me off but I generally laugh at it.

    • lydi88

      673d

      i can’t remember half of the people i meet it’s so embarrassing!

    • karlielewis93

      673d

      I can't concerate or relax

    • kc123

      674d

      To people I know and trust I'll just say it, and to others I'll just say some excuse about needing coffee/more sleep. I also take multivitamins with fish oil in them (which apparently helps brain fog esp in those with adhd) and will take extra salt pills before extra hot days

    • thenxmeless

      674d

      Brain fog is a result of your lifestyle.

    • Snowdrift

      675d

      My adhd meds. Lol But fr if they don't help I just call the day a loss and take it easy.

    • Ivy_Wolf

      675d

      When I have a brain fog when I am alone it feels good do to not think for a while but when I am around people I get a lot of anxiety so I hide it with a big smile and laugh it off like nothing is happening.

    • Dad.of.Many

      676d

      Brain fog drives me crazy. Sometimes I try to push it to the back of my mind and busy myself with something. Other times I try to draw to bring things back to focus.

    • Baldeelocks

      676d

      My work around is blaming it on weed. No one asks any questions about that. 🤗

    • Onyx63

      677d

      Is this dog from Scoliosis or Hiatal hernia?

    • Spicyhotfrog

      685d

      "Sorry, it's been a long week!"

    • WhistleStopper

      685d

      I work department of mental health and have contact with people daily. When brain goes out the window, as I call, I tell people my brain just went on vacation and forgot to take me. And start on another subject. It happened for my interview for the job as well.

    • Arileartistart

      685d

      Honestly, I write down things, or I just go on to something else. I don't get it a lot but if I can't think of a specific word I go to a synonym of said word. Like 'Tenacious' if I can't think of that I say, the word for brave and daring.

    • EmmanuelE

      685d

      Dark chocolate helps me. The relief is almost instantaneous

    • Hamster99

      688d

      I just tell people I am not feeling well and it's making my brain a little foggy

    • amc

      688d

      A lot of times I'll feel this way especially at work. I'll get anxiety thinking everyone can tell how easily I get confused but honestly that's not the case. Most people don't even notice things like this. What I try to do when I'm feeling this way is try my best to slow down my thoughts, break them down one by one and take one step at a time. Sometimes it does take longer but that's okay. We all have our moments and there is nothing wrong with that. For a moment just reset your mind and start from the beginning of your task. When this is happening in a conversation, you can take a minute to recollect. If you need a refresher on a conversation you can always ask by saying "I lost what I was going to say, could you repeat what you said please?" Typically people aren't going to really mind this especially if it can help redirect you.

    • matt4d

      688d

      Music helps me with brain fog. It's something I'm able to focus on easily and get my brain doing brain stuff again.

    • Beetlejuul

      688d

      I think better when there’s noise in my area so I always have music playign

    • Zelda_22

      688d

      Lots and lots of lists! Calendar reminders. All bills set up on auto-pay. Also diet helps a lot. The cleaner I eat, the less brain fog I get.

    • tychime

      689d

      Well…. I don’t have one, I just embarrass myself for a bit & move on.

    • Dean.Sylva

      689d

      This kills me. I'm a medical student and it makes me look dumb. I just fess up and tell people what is going on. It sucks though. So hard.

    • Kerobus

      689d

      What I have been doing at the recommendation of my work advisor I carry around a notebook and pen (at work) or take notes on my phone at home and the little reminders help a lot. And I would recommend a notebook that would fit in your pocket for day to day stuff and a larger one for long term things

    • sstorm

      689d

      I just tell anyone I talk to, especially in depth conversations, that I'm tired & my brain don't work when its tired. Most ppl get that & can relate. My daughter is the only however that can translate "thingy". There are SO MANY thingies around here. 😄

    • maic

      691d

      Vyvanse in the mornings and bypassing caffeine - stimulants won't do anything for brain fog if you're not getting regular sleep so as long as I time things right it works out okay for me (plus regular exercise helps me A LOT to stay as sharp as possible, but I'm super guilty of avoiding it from time to time even though I know it'll make things better!)

    • lilithswan

      691d

      Making post it notes to stick in front of me with my todos has been super helpful at work.

    • OuchiePrincess

      692d

      I just laugh and say, “sorry I had a brain fart, what was I saying?”

    • DannyPhantom

      693d

      It's so hard to keep up when my head is cloudy, so I just let people know I'm not functioning at full capacity. I need them to explain slower, maybe even cover things multiple times from multiple angles because I can't get my brain to shift it's angle on the topic (if that makes sense)

    • SyndeeG

      693d

      Ik I may not be as much help... I have ADHD plus fibromyalgia and it's a nightmare I have alot of alarms and use my phone for appointments...

    • Surreal

      693d

      I tell people I'm buffering and surround myself with patient people

    • moonboots87

      694d

      Rosemary

    • lemonaden

      694d

      definitely just being patient with myself helps a lot.. there is not much i can do in the moment to help when i have brain fog

    • Evantha

      695d

      I have it quite often i let ppl know especially in the morning..

    • HuntressShazala

      695d

      I get upfront and honest and typically joke about it. It makes me happy making others laugh 🤗

    • Mrbrightsidexvi

      696d

      Making sure I eat, drink water, and take vitamins

    • JukeBoxHero

      697d

      Lots and lots of positive distractions

    • JaneDoe

      697d

      I don't have one . It is what it is. Only if people give me those looks I just say the meds I am on for COPD has side effects. It's true and people have no issue with my getting stuck during a conversation .

    • Bi_Bi_Birdy

      697d

      I stopped drinking alcohol and smoking weed and that made my brain fog a lot less intense

    • Stuckguiltyjnkedad

      697d

      Not sure if anyone has recommended this but dried LIONS MANE MUSHROOM capsules have helped me for REAL! I started growing my own! Not enough to share and this is not a pitch, but you can get kits online all over, cheap. Tastes like fresh crab (good tasting!) wheN fresh too ! So cool looking, also helped my confidence and depression (process of growing it)! 👍

    • macfightsback

      697d

      Brain fog for me is mostly related to intermittent chemo the last 7 years and a little due to aging (in my 60's). I don't always process situations well, a lack of insight and sometimes have trouble finding words for familiar objects or people. I can usually describe it or it will come to me after a few minutes. The lack of insight takes a lot longer and is more scary.

    • khaniv0re

      699d

      Anyone get like a brain fog from anxiety? Like you just kinda freeze and your brain shuts off, then you can't think of a damn thing to say

    • Demolition

      699d

      I hate brain fog ..it makes me feel stupid

    • SAdams91

      699d

      I do this alot I have a really hard time concentrating I space out alot

    • Fawkes

      699d

      Lots of jokes

    • NativeGypsy

      700d

      Many times, I blame it on my past way of living. The fast life, put me in the slow lane. Lol 😆 that's my excuse anyway. I find it very hard at times to stay within a conversation. Or to go to the store and forget why or even to the kitchen. Brain fog sucks. My family, understand why I can't do what I use to do. But strangers.... they aren't getting all of that lol

    • freyaslady

      700d

      I wish I could say I have a good work around. I generally just tell people I had a brain fart or my brains not braining today when I just completely forget a very common word or the name of one of my own pets. My husband's name is similar to my exs name and I'm embarrassed how often I say the wrong one when talking to my family.

    • halleberry

      701d

      So embarrassing at work lol

    • DaisyLemon

      702d

      @laylah I have it too.

    • OodlesOfNoodles

      702d

      God it feels good to not be alone. I feel like I'm losing my mind and I'm only 21. I was finally diagnosed so hopefully I can get some help. But it's just gotten so bad. Words don't make sense to me anymore, I can't remember basic things. I have tried so many planners and lists but I have yet to find something that works because I'm just such a disorganized person. I feel like I'm going to need a personal assistant to follow me around all day because I feel like I'm losing more and more brain function every week 😭

    • Nesta

      702d

      Depends on the situation and who I’m around. Sometimes I’ll play it off as being blonde and get people to laugh while I work with them to do the task at hand. If I’m with friends or family I just let them know I having brain fog issues so be prepared.

    • chocosmom

      703d

      Try to write everything down, I have a little notebook or I take notes in my phone

    • WantToFeelBetter

      704d

      It’s so hard to connect with people when I’m in the fog. I feel utterly useless, trying to put words together. Putting thought into words. Sometimes my brain is so scrambled I just keep to one worded answers or just repeat what is being said. It’s embarrassing. It’s so hard to think it makes me feel stupid. I just want my brain to work.

    • BrieMarie

      705d

      I have 2 planners, one for personal use and the other for my crafting. I write down any ideas or important phone conversations. I keep track of appointments in my phone and planner. My husband also puts the appointments in his phone. I still forget stuff though

      • OodlesOfNoodles

        702d

        @BrieMarie oooh that's a great idea. I feel like I have so many craft ideas but they're all scattered around on different lists and papers😭 what kind of planner do you use? Do you use a physical one or just a phone one?

    • Vi.Vi

      706d

      Whats brain fog?

    • AMWes

      707d

      My friends know that I experience brain fog and chronic fatigue and are super understanding when I tell them that I'm having an off day/flare up. As far as places like work go, I just try to work however I can, even if that means only giving like 50%. I know that isn't ideal advice but the world is cruel, especially if you live in an area with "At Will" employment.

    • Bella9

      707d

      There are many safe supplements that have helped me greatly. Most important - A good amount of DHA’s and EPA’s. Ginkgo, Vinpocetine, Carnitine and saffron. All these will help your foggy brain and memory.

      • OodlesOfNoodles

        702d

        @Bella9 oooo thank you thank you thank you I will definitely be trying some of these!

    • DepressoExpesso

      707d

      Vitamin D has helped me with brain fog

    • Sunnyvale

      707d

      I was undergoing chemotherapy and working 3rd shift and had trouble with wakefulness, and my train of thought was constantly shriveled up and going poof! I couldn't think straight. Modafinil saved me. Took it for 2 years before each shift and now I only use it every once in a while when I get that strange foggy feeling. It gave my brain a chance to heal, and helped me keep my job.

    • CloverCorgi

      707d

      If you have a close friend or partner, and you let them know you struggle with it- they can help walk you through it or pull you out of it.

    • Roooo

      708d

      go to auto pilot convos. Things i know with confidence that I can speak on zoned out so I can focus more on not running into shii

    • MaeBea

      708d

      At work, we have a display full of pamphlets in a clear container. I wrote random information about the location like prices, events, and such that I need to remember in color coded pens and taped it to the back of the container. It helps out new employees as well as giving me more opportunities to remember what to say. If words just aren't working at the moment, one of my coworkers take over before I even realize, as I've explained it in the past to them and they are all very understanding.

    • far.Skies

      709d

      Laughing at myself! 😆

    • kiwi.maddog

      709d

      Yea when I'm talking I sometimes don't know what I'm talking about anymore and stumble on words because I quite literally forget words. Lol

      • OodlesOfNoodles

        702d

        @kiwi.maddog yeah it feels so embarrassing. I was on a date and I swear everytime I started talking my mind would just blank and I'd have to ask again what we were talking about. Makes me just not want to talk to people much these days

    • dadoen

      709d

      I go like um um um um i forgot

    • Kittiecat

      709d

      I have fibromyalgia so I always have a degree of brain fog but I've been diagnosed with long COVID for the third time and I feel like I have brain damage I can't remember nothing it's so bad I lose my train of thought so easily I'd forget my rear end if it wasn't attached

    • jdog54321

      709d

      I take Ritalin sometimes. It takes away some of the fogginess.

    • Scoutie

      710d

      I laugh at myself and say, " oh, well. I'm having brain farts today. " I really am intelligent and used to think people must think I am dingy or dumb?? It is what it is. Real friends and family don't care and if they do....karma is a hell of a demon. I'm sorry 😘❤️🌹

    • FreddyFabrix

      710d

      I get severe brain fog when I am in sensory overload, I have to find a way out...fresh air or just get to someplace where I can be alone of with a small TRUSTED group of people to decompress.

    • toe112

      710d

      Remember "if you had to be your best every day, it wouldn't be your best anymore"

    • milide

      710d

      I use to cry tears whenever I'd forget something due to brain fog. Now i just go about my day and remember something later. It's still a bit frustrating but going with the flow and laughing it off helps

      • OodlesOfNoodles

        702d

        @milide God same. I was scared I was losing my mind. I couldn't remember ANYTHING. I can not focus on anything. I feel so stupid everytime I'm having a conversation or trying to remember something my mind just blanks. But yes it always helps to remember that it's not my fault, and there's not much to be done at that moment. I just try to write down as much as I can

    • Mermaid3835

      711d

      Ivermectin cures brain fog. My cousin attests to this.

    • Jefferson

      711d

      🙏

    • AndThereSheGoes

      711d

      It is the most devaluing thing I've experienced. I am an intelligent person, but I can't get it out of my mouth or think of words. It's been so crushing. The only thing I can do is try to read so I keep some words primed.

      • OodlesOfNoodles

        702d

        @AndThereSheGoes but yes I have like a list of words that I actually write down when I see them like "oh yeah that word is useful but I definitely won't remember that"

      • OodlesOfNoodles

        702d

        @AndThereSheGoes That's a great idea. And oh my god i feel the same way. All I can do is think to myself "if I could remember words I'd run circles around your argument" lol. Because yeah I know things, I just can't recall them correctly or get them out of my mouth. It doesn't mean you aren't smart. It's just your brain being dumb

    • NurseNadine

      711d

      I haven't found a work around. Between that and the fatigue it really sucks.

    • Heatherk

      712d

      No kidding. My brain fog got do bad one time, I downloaded a kids mix and match game. It helps my brain re-focas again.

    • Mercadez

      712d

      Brain games, excercises etc Take natural remedies to boost your memories

    • highbutnotlikethat

      712d

      In all honesty? Lying. Oops, I didn't hear you. I didn't sleep well last night. Oh yeah, I totally remembered that you told me I needed to do that, I was just busy. Not a habit I want to get into, but it's so tempting every time. Still, I'm working on being more honest about forgetting or losing focus.

    • Wolfy96

      712d

      I call my brain fog blonde moments because Ma makes fun of me for them, but in a playful way not a mean way. Mine would be to last remember what I was doing and then work on that instead of walking away from cooking

    • Lauralee175

      712d

      Planners, calendars, and try to keep away from foods that cause inflammation. Often, I've found that my diet correlates to the severity of brain fog I experience.

      • OodlesOfNoodles

        702d

        @Lauralee175 really? I didn't even know foods could effect it. What kind of food makes it worse/better?

    • Lady6ug

      713d

      I don't really have one tbh, common sense just fails me and I tend to misinterpret questions a lot. I honestly didn't even realize that it was probably a result of my ADHD until...now actually. The term brain fog is relatively new to me. I tend to plan things out a ahead of time so that I don't have to worry about figuring things out in the moment but I hate asking questions because I have anxiety so...it's a vicious cycle.

    • spacejunkie

      714d

      I try to move on to the next thing if I can and if my brain allows me to or my recall comes back then I will finish whatever it was I was trying to do or say.

    • Amariee

      714d

      It's so embarrassing!

    • Mariuugh

      714d

      Hello I hope I'm not rude, idk how this app works, I just got it. But how do you guys deal with brain fog? I have a condition that makes me have brain fog and having ADHD really doesn't help my case either. I chug caffeine to keep going but I know that's not healthy. I go to school far from my house and sometimes I'm scared to get in my car because I can't focus on just feel "out of it." Anything helps!

      • OodlesOfNoodles

        702d

        @Mariuugh you're not rude at all lol don't worry. But same that's how I feel a lot of the time. I think there's some good supplements listed a couple comments down, that improve memory and stuff. Also brain games are good, like exercise for your mind. Lists also help. Also letting people around you know is good, so they can understand and maybe help you if you need it

    • SparkleFlyer

      714d

      It makes basic functioning hard, my grad work then seems impossible.

    • OnTheWater

      714d

      I find that I have the worst brain fog when my blood sugar is running high or I’m not staying active. And on the flip side- doing well with staying Keto, exercising and tracking blood sugars really reduces the mental cloudiness.

    • jdog54321

      714d

      I take Ritalin twice a day sometimes and that helps a little. I just simply stay away from people so that I don't have to talk to them. I know it's not the best, but that's what I do.

    • ButterflyLuni

      714d

      I make jokes

    • Dad.of.Many

      715d

      Here to see the answers. Brain fog is bad for me these days and I can use all the help I can get.

    • MamaD

      715d

      Honestly I have to write everything down...

    • rottxing

      715d

      I tell the people around me I'm experiencing it. Nothing that I know of helps

    • TTLOTA

      716d

      Have you looked into anti inflammatory vitamins that help relieve inflammation in your body? That has helped me

    • MLee

      716d

      this is definitely one of my worst symptoms and the hardest to live with, even compared to the chronic pain + difficulty walking lol: it can be SO frustrating. I try to write stuff down in my notes app and calandar app as much as possible so i can check it to remember since I always have my phone on me

    • Kitty83

      716d

      I usually just laugh it off in public and just say I got tounge tied. But my close family and friends know about my brain fog and understand it.

    • SlipknotMonkeyBrain

      716d

      I get brain fog basically every time I'm in a conversation and once it gets past the initial "how are you doing?" (I always say I'm fine btw), but I'm not prepared for follow up questions and I can't think and a lot of the time what I say comes out wrong and I either sound rude or stupid 🤦‍♀️

    • Katy80

      716d

      I couldn't figure out how to make warm water the other day. So I put cold water from the tap and microwaved it....instead of just getting warm water from the tap!!! It was pretty embarrassing, but my friends were gracious and laughed with me.

    • saksgirl02

      716d

      I have had to explain to my family members that live in home with me. Menopause, bipolar and Adhd make me forget most things.

    • fleshpit

      716d

      I just tell people "that memory is gone, it's not coming back" and i walk away.

    • Britt0214

      717d

      I contracted COVID in January and ended up on a vent for 7 days. Brain fog has multiple since then. My Dr suggested vitamins for brain health. I haven't started any yet but here's to hopeing.

    • Elise_Laura

      717d

      Just telling ppl I’m operating at 30% today 😂

      • Bre19

        150d

        @Elise_Laura me too

    • gatsby

      717d

      I just take a few minutes to let my brain reget together.

      • Bre19

        150d

        @gatsby that's a good idea

    • Blue_Phoenix

      717d

      Trying to find a good one. Music helps

    • Charmer

      717d

      I've tried following some ADHD tips help

    • ConfusedTeddyy

      718d

      Brain fog is a killer for me. Mid conversation my brain hits a wall and a forget the whole conversation. Most the time there’s no way I can continue the conversation. I’ve been lucky that 90% of people have been super chill about and encouraging. I’d say just be honest that it happened.

    • Jaimee

      718d

      I use the app Waterby in my phone to help me make sure I'm drinking enough water

    • Jaimee

      718d

      Ik the feeling every day. I set alarms for literally everything on my phone. That way I can't forget things because of the fog

      • Bre19

        150d

        @Jaimee I need to do that

    • Ichigo

      718d

      ❤️

    • TriumphantOvercomer

      718d

      I too have Brain Fog. I take a Brain Health Supplement. I take Neuriva; there are less expensive brands.

      • Bre19

        150d

        @TriumphantOvercomer that's a good idea

    • EmilyAnn

      718d

      When I noticed myself experiencing brain fog it's usually because of one of two things I'm dehydrated or I haven't gotten enough sleep therefore I need to go take a nap even if it means putting my head down on my desk for 10 minutes.

    • Harmonygirl

      719d

      Writing down important tasks and appointments immediately in my calendar/s. I also set follow-up times as reminders. Also, I'm less organized in the morning vs afternoon. So I allow myself more time for morning appointments to get ready and for driving, etc.

    • Elladolores

      719d

      My brain fog was so bad. That I forgot one time I had a person on my back seat while I was doing Uber. Luckily she was from out of town and didn’t noticed my boo boo!! While taking her to the airport.

    • Riplea

      719d

      I normally blame my kids 😃

    • Shaunny

      719d

      I hate brain fog, I usually will make a joke or tell people I'm batty to relief the anxiety I get then usually have to take some anxiety medicine to stop me from having a panic attack!

    • Pegs1966

      719d

      Humor. They call me squirrel and it's just part of me now.

    • BeKindAlways

      719d

      My calendar. Writing things down. My memory is definitely more photographic and I'll remember things more if I remember a picture of it in my head. If I forget something while talking to someone, I tend to just brush it off and laugh it off to avoid any awkwardness.

    • SheilaCarty

      719d

      I agree. I just tell them it's part of my illness.

    • Starlyn

      719d

      Mine is from menopause. Well perimenopause ugh it’s the worst!

    • LisaSimpson

      720d

      My brain does this constantly, it's so hard to stay mentally present when your brain has packed all its cells and left for a vacation.

    • Lil_Orca_Light

      720d

      Brain fog for me really messed with my appetite. I won’t want to eat. My friends at work have to make sure that I eat during a fog. It also makes me very lethargic. I’d really prefer to sleep during fog and not be away from home.

    • AllyKay

      720d

      One of the things I hate about having brain fog is that I feel like I have to explain myself to those around me, whether they noticed or not. I just get so self conscious, like that they might be judging me or thinking that I'm weird or unintelligent. Sometimes, I'll crack jokes to divert the attention from the situation, but I too am searching for a better way to cope with it.

    • MilkyWay

      721d

      Sometimes its high stress. What helped me relax and focus better was going back to church. It was a safe and loving environment. Find things that make you feel that way if you haven't already! I wish you the best.

    • RileyRussell

      721d

      I'm not gonna lie to you just tell the truth about the brain fog it makes it less embarrassing and to make it funny call it a brain fart.

    • ZappyRacc

      721d

      I wouldn't exactly call it an adaptive workaround, but my world shrank considerably when my symptoms got in the way of working. I used to be the one who was always ready with a witty remark, walked with honors for my BA, always remembered birthdays and the plots of books and movies. I got so used to being known for my cleverness in my friend group that I sort of just stopped talking to most of the people I knew before. I was embarrassed enough asking for the total a second time from a dude baked to the degree just under "Reefer Madness," whom I'll most likely never see again, at the store tonight. How do I reconnect with folks who knew me back in the Beforefore Times, when I knew their birthdays, and the day of the week? I've gotten past a great deal of the hiding, and a smaller circle certainly makes it easier to know who is really a good friend and who isn't. But oh man, I think the brain fog might be the thing that hit me the hardest in terms of the person I thought I was vs the person I have to learn how to be now.

    • Vixenbak

      721d

      I always have brain frog really, it hops around and messes thing up so it's hard for me to focus and concentrate because I can't remember much of anything I do. I have tried playing games to help with memory but it isn't really working

    • MzAng

      722d

      I usually find this so embarrassing so I’ve started using sticky notes to write down everything now. I forgot between my desk to my destination which became so frustrating that I would cry or backtrack just to remember. But the sticky notes help especially when it’s something that requires an answer from someone.

    • Huck8085

      722d

      I tend on too much caffeine when I have brain fog. I'm trying to drink more water.

    • Lostinhogwards

      722d

      I don’t like brain fog if it hits it kills my anxiety at that moment and I tend to shut down

    • Mommaspoondani

      722d

      Cbd and a b100 complex (b2, 3, 5, 6 and 12). Honestly, the b100 helps my muscle spasms and pain as well as my joint pain (also have OA) significantly!

    • Inkey

      722d

      I just tend to say sorry, it's one of those days and most people laugh and nod

    • Michaelar1

      722d

      I ask people to excuse me because my brain has a horrible wi-fi signal. That's why it's always buffering. Also, magnesium l-threonate and gingko biloba help a little

    • Damen

      722d

      Its impossoble for me to lie or put on a front.. my head is too foggy, mymemory is too bad, I can't keep up with anything other than the truth. I always try to stay simple, omit unnecessary details, just be honest about how your feeling if possible.. I dont known if this helps at all, but im in the fig with you.

    • EddieMarkle

      723d

      👍me too!

    • TTLOTA

      723d

      Totally agree. Have you looked into organic vitamins that help you at the cellular level, that helps with the brain fog.

    • DrowningQueen21

      723d

      Thankfully I sit in the house most my life so I don't have to face real people they'd probably think I'm on something because I never make sense . I just walk lost in my home lol

    • Shannie

      723d

      Today I am definitely going through it. I like to be quite and talk less. To much distraction will make me irritable and get frustrated fast with ppl. This happens when I'm really tired so I let ppl know quickly because I don't like being mean or come off that way. I just can't think about alot right now. One thing at a time and I can feel ok going through out my day.

    • Aquarian_Queen

      723d

      Brain fog is the worst! It makes me have to work so much harder at work, I feel like I’m messing up my words…it’s so hard.

    • Kriss10

      723d

      It’s hard for me to switch tasks quickly at work, but my supervisor is always interrupting me. When it takes me longer to process what she’s saying she gets rude and irritated and says snotty things to me.

    • Unknow

      723d

      I don't understand the word workaround. I have used the word brain fog especially when I got very little sleep when I was helping with three newborn kittens and anorexic mama cat and felt like I was up 24/7. I felt like a zombie and told them why. But brain fog also can be that somebody is getting older and it may start happening more often and they may end up with dementia or Alzheimer and then it could be a concern

    • Tightrope

      723d

      I have learned to let people know that I have it and sometimes I can't remember things. It helps people understand that I have a problem with memory and they let me take my time to think about what I'm talking about.😊

    • Meka76

      723d

      Omg! This is starting to happen quite often. I can be talking to someone and completely forget what I was saying or the words to say it.

    • misunderstood

      724d

      I was lucky enough to have started savella. I'm on day 21, and honestly for me the first week of taking it my brain fog was gone. I'm really grateful for that. I hope you find somwthing that works

    • Lauralea

      724d

      I have noticed myself loosing words in the middle of them. I know what I am trying to say but it don't get from my mind to my mouth. It is so embarrassing.

    • Charmer

      724d

      I found writing Everything down helped. At least I have a note to what I was trying to do.

    • FaithKay

      724d

      This is so great ! So many wonderful ideas in dealing with brain fog. What has helped mine is cutting out processed foods. I eat clean,walk which is a new thing.Started taking vit d3 and lions mane extract. Mushrooms are great for your brain. So is protein. Adding some coconut oil to my diet during the day helps my brain and my pain.Prayer and meditation which includes Journaling for me. Also getting out of the house and seeing neighbors and talking to people. Keep your blood flowing in your body and I avoid constipation.lol because it gives me brain fog.🤗

    • Maxi2

      724d

      Brain fog, sleepiness, appetite increased all happened to me at the onset of my diagnosis and medications. I decreased the dose and l started vitamins and memory increases additives. A1C increased but l have a life beyond diabetes. My children were all very concerned about my mental state of mind. It's been 5 yrs now and l now have foot and leg pain. I take trulicity once a week.

    • Doglover25006

      725d

      Lots of notes to myself and setting alarms with labels so I remember why the alarm is going off to remind me to do something

    • Sariphina

      725d

      I repeat the question or ask them to do I can try to retrace my thoughts a bit 💕

    • Porkbun

      725d

      I usually just tell people, I'm sorry I'm having a hard time focusing. I think I'll just start telling people I have brain fog, atleast my boyfriend. I think he thinks I don't pay attention to him because he doesn't interest me, but often times I get brain fog during most interactions

    • jeb

      725d

      I've had brain fog since 2005. I have maybe 2 days a year I feel good. It is extremely emotionally exhausting, on top of the fatigue. It came about after having binge type anorexia for 8 years, I was extremely sick and malnourished, on top of food allergies coming to light at the same time. Not sure if my eating disorder caused my food allergies, but I have never had a clear head since. I saw on here someone has had success with CBD supplements, has anyone else? What supplements or anything has helped clear the fog for you? I'm desperate.

      • Porkbun

        725d

        @jeb EDs can def cause sensitivities and allergies to food, when we restrict long enough our body becomes unaccustomed to certain foods, when we reintroduce them our body is like wow what the heck is this

    • atla_kk

      725d

      Brain fog is not fun, I just try to describe what I'm thinking of, look it up or skip it.

    • AuntBeeDoesGames

      725d

      I handle it with humor, if I can laugh about it then being frustrated at myself becomes less hard on myself 🤗

    • livvie361

      725d

      As someone else has said, I often am forward with telling people my brain is like Swiss cheese, so trying to remember things I know is hard! Like brain fog sometimes has me not remembering my own name

    • katitomato

      726d

      Medication helps me the most with this, but another trick I learned from ptsd therapy is grounding. Try the 54321 method, where you find 5 things you can see, 4 you can hear, 3 you can feel, 2 you can smell, and one you can taste. (Or you can mix these up however works best for your situation!) It works best if you can describe these things in great detail. Hope this helps a little!

    • LivingDeadGrrrl

      726d

      Brain fog.....I often lose my thoughts and forget what my point of my story...lately I've been putting it in my phone. This way I can go back and remember my topic

    • LadyPasta1

      726d

      When brain fog hits me, I get anxious. Luckily I am retired now, so no "at work" issues. When I worked as an RN, I switched to a desk job, as I worried about making a med mistake working in patient care. Now when I get foggy, followed by the anxiety, I stop what I am doing and take a break. My husband understands so no need to explain. Sometimes I have to breakdown a task into several different steps to avoid getting overwhelmed.

    • joshkels

      726d

      I think a lot of our brain fog is coming from post covid syndrome. Its the one thing that really connects all of us.

    • Raven_Rose

      726d

      I am open about my thyroid issues, and always make a joke of it like “see I’m not a dumb blonde after all!” or catch myself and go “thyroid brain-fart!” I’ve come to terms that I’m becoming Dory from Finding Nemo on some days but hey, Dory is one of my favorites anyway 🤷🏼‍♀️

    • Shabre

      726d

      Brain fog a been a big problem for me trying to remember where I put stuff or just trying to remember anything

    • plantkid

      727d

      i will forget what i just said or what someone’s told me right after it’s been said and it’s so frustrating to have to pause and force myself to remember or have to ask because i literally have no idea

    • Honeycomb127

      727d

      👍

    • Nikie

      727d

      This is a horrible feeling for me I feel like I’m going to lose and end up crying until I sleep

    • Raynbow

      727d

      I started taking GABA for neurotransmitter support and it's really helped

    • SeaMe

      727d

      This came out of Nowhere for me, it literally has isolated me. Words, speech changes and just forgetting where I put something or passwords etc. In the last 3 yrs I have had 4 grandchildren born after only having one for twelve yrs and I want to do the same things I did with him. I have to work on clearing the fog. One day at a time.

      • Shabre

        726d

        @SeaMe I am the same way

    • MissLucy_101719

      728d

      I honestly just tell people the truth. I don't think there is any reason to work around it. It is part of me and people that truly love me like me regardless of my brain fog.

    • anacordoba888

      728d

      cold showers are great for brain fog! as is red light therapy and being outside in nature. minimize caffeine and take lions mane, l theanine and lemon balm instead. and consider going on an animal based diet. those all helped my dpdr.

    • bronzerose

      729d

      Laugh it off and blame it on a lack of caffeine

    • 90yearold44

      730d

      I have good days and bad days, but the bad days are really concerning. For instance, taking a phone message at work and writing the same word twice, just spelled differently (to explain, quartex cortex- not meaning to.) and reading a hair barrett to say a strange word, it took me staring at it to realize it really read DREAM. The M looked like 2 LLs. It took me about 20 seconds to spell "late" the other day. I couldn't figure out what it started with in the first 5-10 seconds. This is coming from someone who has always excelled in spelling. I take it seriously bc I suck in math. Lol

    • SoSick

      730d

      👍

    • Soskae

      730d

      I just let myself have a few seizures then hyper focus and it goes away lol.

    • rastan

      730d

      Change your diet , introduce brain rich foods keep hydrated .and it's good bye brain fog ,educate about brain function it applies to your quality of perceiving "everything"

    • Sagan

      730d

      Not a lot of things used to help.. having people around that understand that I'm not trying to be difficult really has changed my life. I've also taken to using Google calendars for literally everything, even drinking water. But that could also be my adhd.. dunno if others with brain fog forget little things like this? It has helped more than I can express to just be gentle with myself and try to breathe through my panic when I realize I've gone blank. To just laugh it off. It's taken me 44 years but I realize most people don't even notice it, it's me that's being so hard on myself, and beating myself up mentally over it just makes things so much worse.

    • gatsby

      730d

      I say the thing I am going to do a few times in my head.

      • Bre19

        155d

        @gatsby never thought of that I should try that

    • DizzyTheaKitten

      730d

      I thank others for being patient with me and apologize for being a bit slow sometimes. I just say I'm in a fog and I'm sure they too might experience days where they're spaced out and such. It's okay! Most of the time people understand, and if they don't then I tell them they're lucky lol

    • HippyNikki

      731d

      I blame it on my poor hearing which it isn't a lie. However, it's more my inability to focus that causes it.

    • Pepper47

      731d

      I totally agree that the easiest way to handle it is to just admit it’s an issue. Doesn’t make having the brain fog any less frustrating, though….

    • SNH

      731d

      I am 73 and have fallen many times (usually resulting in a hard blow to my head) in the last four years, due to loss of balance. More than a few doctors have tried to figure out why. I won't bore you with the details, but the last doctor I saw (ENT, a month ago) did a CT scan of my head and diagnosed Hydrocephalus. The ventricles in my brain are not draining the cerebrospinal fluid back to my spine, causing pressure on my brain. Consequently, I lose my balance and fall, have terrific headaches much of the time, have urinary urgency incontinence, am unsteady on my feet, and my short term memory (Where did i put my keys?) and word retrieval abilities are suffering--all the classic signs of Hydrocephalus. No doubt the head trauma from the falls certainly hasn't helped. I will see a local brain surgeon next Thursday (5/26/22) to learn about shunt surgery and other options of treatment. Anyway, I hope this helps some of you who are dealing with "brain fog."

    • Flameakashi

      731d

      I just go deep into my imagination and also talk to my boyfriend who is very supportive of me

    • bluerock

      732d

      Anxiety medications- made me have worse brain fog! I think about what I'm going to say before I speak now. Worrying will make it worse! Jesus is your best friend -and can help you more than anything!

    • cosmocola

      732d

      bad idea: used to just be always drunk so you couldn't tell the difference

    • Jen1991

      732d

      Lupus fog is the worse I literally don’t remember peoples issues they tell me and I am not able to inquire later how is it going because I forgot what they shared. It make me look like a complete jerk

    • Laceshea

      732d

      Learn to laugh at yourself

    • thedepressedcarebear

      732d

      it can be incredibly embarrassing. especially when someone truly doesn’t understand the side effects of a lot of meds…

    • MooieModer

      732d

      Mostly i just say im going to do this generally it helps me remember if not likely the other person has heard me. So, i just ask. Pretty soon most people know i have had multiple head traumas and skull fractures.

    • Ashleyej008

      732d

      The worst is when your talking and can’t find the simplest words.

    • shaymarie_11

      732d

      Brain fog is a real struggle for me to I have always had a hard time concentrating on anything because of it...

    • ftzhrbrt

      732d

      it really frustrates my partner when i have brainfog and i try really hard to push through it but it makes communication so hard. i cant convey things right and it takes me long to think of things so on those days i do best just isolating and doing super basic tasks and chores.

    • Plato

      732d

      I have brain fog regarding a word or a name. It is horrible and embarrassing. I find I am isolating myself more and more.

    • Daisymama

      733d

      Ever since being hospitalized with covid my Brin fog is bad sometimes i can't even think of simple words I amd trying to say and it is affecting my ability to work

    • PumpkinBabe

      733d

      I know this isn't exactly what is being asked but having a gps on at all times while I drive really helps me stay focused on what I'm doing. Like if I have the music going the gps will remind me when my next turn is and all that so I don't accidentally miss it. I've found this to be really helpful and comforting.

    • Eurythmic

      733d

      I make a lot of mistakes and Idon't have a great support system. It's hard but I cope as best as I can.

      • LeighB

        733d

        @Eurythmic I have little to no support system. I'm sorry for you not having any help

    • LeighB

      733d

      No one ever looks at you the same after disclosing anything mental health related because the stigma surrounding mental health in general is so prevalent, still. I get told I'm crazy when I remember how something happened, but that's gaslighting from an ex.

    • virgoqueen

      733d

      I was getting brain fog so frequent I hated speaking to anyone, I would avoid a simple conversation. It is now getting better because I been investing in brain games and reading daily to keep my mind active

    • LixiKat

      734d

      My whole life has evolved around pretending nothing is really serious because my doctors don’t listen to me and neither does my parents so all I have been doing my whole life is pretending and the symptoms have just gotten worse and worse my brain fog happens at least three times a day and it’s a huge headache I can’t even think half the time

    • Momo920

      734d

      I plan things around my adhd meds. Am a pro at masking, but then get sick later.

    • Nat_Nat

      734d

      I fake it until I make it. Even people without brain fog from a chronic condition aren't fully capable for various reasons. It takes some humility to admit if I mess up, but I forgive myself just like I would forgive others

    • luminary

      734d

      The reminders app has been such a help, or I ask people close to me to help me remember things

    • Drewsdad08

      734d

      I have a lot of dementia and Alzheimer’s in my family. I worry about myself when I’m so forgetful

    • Amiela

      734d

      It embarrases me too

    • Skywalker

      734d

      I have a few go-to masks to put on, so to speak. A few "safe" topics to bring up in social situations. A few boundaries for myself, such as no Facebook posts after 9pm because I never have my wits about me and regret it later. And during the day I tell myself to be content with saying very little in social situations and just not talking even though I'm a social person. When my brain isn't working I'd rather bring it in instead of embarrass myself.

      • Skywalker

        734d

        @Skywalker But most of the time with the right supplements and diet I don't worry about brain fog and I can be 100% my social myself.

        • BrUnEtTeLaDyJ7

          717d

          @Skywalker what diet do you do and what supplements do you take to help with the brain fog?

    • Abbynrml

      734d

      This is rough, I wish I could journal I want to I just can't seem to do it, I make so many lists, use so many post it's, tried a note book and always keep it on my that didn't work I looked around my office and all within arms reach on the table or shelf or in drawers I found 15 different notebooks that I've been using to try to remember things I try sensing emails to myself to remember using my Google calendar, I love planners I have a bunch of happy planners I love to decorate them! But I'll use it for like a week max and then I can't stick with it. I lose my train of thought mid sentence forget important things for work I know I know but it eludes me I mess up words I use to have such a great memory and was known for it growing up but it's gone and I feel like I have to figure out this new me but I like the old me I just break down and cry alot and it's really affecting my job I feel like I'm going to be let go any day now, and I'm working over my hours every single week and come in on the weekend to try and catch up when things come back to me and I'm not getting paid for that but I'm bending over backwards working very hard but I feel like any day now I'm going to lose my job and I can't afford that they are already so flexible and I have great benefits I can't afford to lose this job. My brain fog has just gotten so bad it scares me and has definitely affected and made my depression adhd anxiety much worse. I just feel so hopeless 😔 ugh I hate this

    • Gothmoth

      734d

      I mostly experience brain fog when trying to come up with words, or loosing focus mid sentence. I stutter and stumble over words sometimes and will just blank on perfectly easy words. I find that having a sense of humor about it is really helpful and just telling people that this is something that affects me. When I loose focus mid thought or forget what I was going to say, I find having filler phrases or words like “so yeah” or “oop sorry my brain is playing catch up” helps me pull my brain Back into focus. All and all surrounding myself with patient and loving people that I feel comfortable laughing at myself with really has helped

    • Noir

      734d

      I always jot down every detail in my calender.

    • imag

      734d

      Not to mention words getting mixed up.

    • 2klala_lol3

      734d

      Sleep,Cry

      • Bre19

        155d

        @2klala_lol3 sleep definitely

    • taylorhull

      735d

      My brain fog makes it hard for me to tell cohesive stories or retell events. I know my friends and family are patient but sometimes I just feel annoyed with myself and defeated.

    • jingjing

      735d

      Enjoy this beautiful weekend

    • jingjing

      735d

      Enjoy life too the fullest all🙏

    • jingjing

      735d

      💕

    • jingjing

      735d

      It is frustrating when you can give ever detail about someone that others never even focus on.

    • jingjing

      735d

      Being in Healthcare I tend too notice details alot depending on the situation that others just laugh off.

    • MisterM

      735d

      Caffeine

    • Magpie42

      736d

      The note app on my phone, multiple calendars that sync, a planner where I can write out my schedule, I take a lot of pauses when I'm dealing with word loss. Most people who know me know that I just need a second to get the brain cells back on the track. Rest helps a lot as well as being hydrated.

    • lelesmoke

      736d

      Making google assistant work hands free. She is my 2nd brainnmn

    • HaileyLilli

      736d

      Mentally playing on my devices, physically sleeping, at school going to the bathroom at home sometimes listening to music

    • Charis

      736d

      Giving myself downtime.

    • bbybutterfly

      736d

      Face tapping helps me stay present, also massaging my temples and scalp and neck as much as I can 💕 acupuncture when I can get it is also a lifesaver

    • idleideals

      736d

      Lists and alarms!!

    • Gabrielle_Elizabeth

      736d

      I try to keep a detailed, updated planner of all my work related info, bills, and doctor visits since brain fog is a daily visitor :)

    • D3stiny

      736d

      I get this all of the time because of my seizures and migraines but to stop it I usually just take a break and take time to recollect my thoughts

    • PuddingStone

      736d

      I use an app called Finch to help with daily goals and reminders and stuff!

    • flonzelo

      737d

      I found that consumg clay helps clean my brain

    • punkbabyboots

      741d

      Coffee & conversation 🙌 (and avoid the trigger food that caused the inflammation on my brain)

    • LaVerne

      742d

      Thyroid medication really helped my brain fog

    • Randalson

      744d

      I try to think really hard

    • Elise_Laura

      749d

      Eating healthy, getting fresh air and plenty of rest and letting people know you may need some help with reminders

    • DukeandIsa2

      749d

      I just blame chemo brain and go about my buisness. To bad it's just something you try to control but often have little control of

    • ToastyToast

      752d

      I do not have one...

    • Malibu

      752d

      Is all the brain fog due to having COVID in the past for most people in this group?

      • CaitiBee

        671d

        @Malibu It is also very common for people with ADHD or fibromyalgia. Lucky me, I got both! Double brain fog 🙈

      • yolonda

        734d

        @Malibu For me it is

      • Brittanie

        752d

        @Malibu I've had more brain fog and I still can't fully smell right and it's been since the end of January since I've had it.

    • HangingInThere

      752d

      Sleep 7 hours, get an OURA RING. Make sure you go to bed by 8pm, so by 10pm you can be in a deep sleep. It’s important to be in a deep sleep between 10pm-2am when the body starts to cell regenerate. If you miss this window you’ll feel like poo the next day. I suggest you look up “Sleep Bio Hacking” videos. Quality sleep helps with glucose balance the next day

    • Marface

      753d

      I make a ton of voice memos and notes and turn on the reminder function so it will pop up on my phone in the mornings and I leave the notification on so it stays throughout the day

    • sassypants51

      753d

      acceptance, deep breathing, taking an outside break, write stuff down and laugh about it as much as I can.

    • Laura369

      753d

      Brain fog makes me feel like a zombie and it’s embarrassing bc I do things I don’t normally do when I am having it and I hate it !

    • Poeticlycorrect

      753d

      Narcolepsy and ADHD make the brain fog a special kinda awkward. Alarms, calendars, lists, a rising desk at work all help. With friends and family I am straight up and explain early in the relationship that I often stop tracking and when it happens I will tell them. "Hang on a sec, I'm having trouble tracking you right now and I really do want to listen."

    • Zebrapotato37659

      754d

      A to do list, planner, dry erase board, reminders, and alarms

    • MooieModer

      754d

      Head traumas brain injuries

    • MooieModer

      754d

      Yup, lists lists lists more lists and spreadsheets

    • Colocho

      756d

      haha this happens to me a lot , as a bilingual

    • Sheelee

      758d

      I use my company's plant based, brain, supplement that goes directly to the medacondria (center) of the brain cells that grow the neurons (meassage senders), that grow back to where they were prior to 25 years old when after 25 our message senders begin to disintegrate. It works great for me. Others have testimonies that I know.

      • FierceLeoBoss

        720d

        @Sheelee I’d definitely be interested in this supplement as I think it could really help me.

      • jeb

        725d

        @Sheelee yes I'd like to know too!

      • yolonda

        734d

        @Sheelee Can you let us know the name of the supplement

      • Golfpro

        735d

        @Sheelee what is the supplement?

    • PurgatoryAngel

      760d

      Lists, lists, lists!

      • Golfpro

        735d

        @PurgatoryAngel 👍

    • Ellebug

      760d

      I write down things multiple times and put then in places I frequently am

    • qveenofthecastles

      761d

      The worse part of brain fog is feeling dumb. Like you literally can't get anything right and there's nothing you can do to fix it . Only wait til it passes. I just tell my co workers, who know about my conditions, that today is simply not a good day and thankfully they are empathetic or I just try to find the humor in it!

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      • Golfpro

        735d

        @qveenofthecastles 👍

      • kekekosh

        758d

        @qveenofthecastles this is relatable for me ❤️

    • MoonFairy

      761d

      Great question! Tbh I don’t tell anyone about my brain fog, except my close friends. I’m only 19, so everyone assumes I’m healthy. But I also have ADHD, so I tend to just blame it on my ADHD brain, but managers at work (especially the one with ADHD) treats me like I’m so stupid and incapable even though I’m one of the hardest and most efficient workers there! It’s really annoying :( but I do think honesty is a good root, especially if you’re older, bc people are more likely to take your brain fog more seriously.

    • Debra

      761d

      It is hard and embarrassing

    • Tobyboy

      761d

      I don't have brain fog, I have leg pain

      • kekekosh

        758d

        @Tobyboy I also have consistently painful legs. Sorry you have to go through that. Hope you have a good day ❤️

    • phrygian

      763d

      consistent planner, finding something to do (even if it’s just fidgeting or doodling), allowing myself to go rest as soon as it starts if i’m able to and forgiving myself for having to do that some days. i also find being completely honest with the people around me if it’s too obvious really helpful, my peers are generally receptive

    • Haddyr

      763d

      My planner has really helped me. I wrote down everything I need to do and everything that I've done so I don't forget.

      • basketcase

        718d

        @Haddyr great idea🤗

    • RavenFox

      764d

      Lactulose is what was prescribed to me for my brain fog...

      • Ladydi

        756d

        @RavenFox lactulose is for constipation. I’m a retired nurse. Are u sure this is a med for brain fog?

        • Calm22

          755d

          @Ladydi ... perhaps brain fog from high ammonia levels. I know someone with a transplanted liver who occasionally is prescribed lactulos for the ammonia.

      • kekekosh

        758d

        @RavenFox also curious what condition this was prescribed for or if it is safe for every day use! Thank you!

      • MoonFairy

        761d

        @RavenFox I’ve always desperately wanted a med for my brain fog! In early HS, I was a great student! But then health got bad and now brain fog and fatigue keeps me from doing most things. Im curious to know more about this med! I looked it up and saw it’s used to treat constipation though, does it come with adverse effects?

        • FaithKay

          724d

          @MoonFairy Haha 😄

    • Painsucks320

      764d

      I go with the flow of my brain fog. If I can’t remember anything that day or days I just enjoy the day as if I had nothing to do.

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    • DaddyN

      764d

      I don't really know I suffer from this as well

    • FoxIsland8383

      764d

      That's very helpful❤️

    • CmcC

      767d

      I've found that journaling can be really beneficial in managing brain fog. It's helped me keep on track and remember important events and self care tasks when I have foggy days 😊

      • basketcase

        718d

        @CmcC 👍great idea

      • FierceLeoBoss

        720d

        @CmcC love this. I need to start journaling again. I used to years ago but I’m so emotionally and physically exhausted after working all day that I need to make it a priority or I’ll forget some great memories or little successes that may keep me motivated on my struggle bus days.

      • Golfpro

        735d

        @CmcC 💕

    • Daughternature7

      767d

      I hate it. It brings me to tears a lot. Not being able to remember ANYTHING. My bf gets upset at this. I cant help it. And not being able to use my words correctly or quickly anymore...makes me just want to stay silent now. Im having a hard time with this over anything else im dealing with medically. Post it notes sounds helpful. Thank you.

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      • BrUnEtTeLaDyJ7

        717d

        @Daughternature7 I feel this same exact way. Curious, how old are you?

      • basketcase

        718d

        @Daughternature7 😥❤️

      • Kim4petesake

        724d

        @Daughternature7 I feel you there. Shame comes when I get the questions of why I didn't think something through before acting. Losing your thought half way through. Yeah! I don't wish it on anyone, but it is hard to explain or share in a way that people can truly understand that it doesn't make you dumb, weak or aloof.

      • layayaya

        735d

        @Daughternature7 I feel like my personality is completely gone for this reason

      • Golfpro

        735d

        @Daughternature7 I’m much quieter now for the same reason but its fine. Life changes we change!

    • AudaCity

      769d

      We text ourselves right when someone says something! It makes us look terminally online but it means I get to my appointments on time!

    • anemone

      769d

      half the time i don't even notice i'm having it until i've made a bunch of mistakes. sometimes even then it still has to be pointed out to me. i experience it most days anymore, so ive just kind of hoped people around me get used to me not being the person i used to/the person i always thought of myself as. i've always been detail-oriented, quick-witted, curious. a perfectionist who works to my own detriment. it was failing even back in middle school with adhd and all, but even then, i used to be known for my detailed memory and my good advice. now i'm kinda just... here, haha i'm having to reassess what it means to be me and it's a struggle, but the more i realise how imperfect everyone else also is, that it's not just me... and that my spaciness can be endearing without meaning people think i'm stupid... the more ok i am with not being 'the smart one' anymore

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      • ktaing1883

        719d

        @anemone i feel the same way as a formerly "gifted" high achiever type who now struggles with managing most things (and had undiagnosed adhd). Feeling very seen 🤗 you're not alone

      • MatchaBunn

        749d

        @anemone your radical acceptance of where you’re at is really amazing! Reading how you think about this really gave me some insight on how to re-frame some of those more negative thoughts. Thank you!

    • fxrest.faxrie

      769d

      Alarms, a planner, and hope

      • Bre19

        156d

        @fxrest.faxrie yes yes yes

    • BlueCreature

      769d

      Always have something to do .. if there isnt something to do .. fine something wether its cook go for a walk apply to a Job etc .. it helps when one can communicate with each other .. like we are on the same page an know what it is to well Live a wonderful life .. some things lead to chores or needing to find our wallet or something like keys .. cant go until we find then .. so we pray look around a little an if we still can't remember what we are trying to .. if we can help stay safe an secure we go on our merry way if security means stay put until remembrance comes then we do so ..

      • Tobyboy

        762d

        @BlueCreature I miss place things all the time, I still can't find my care keys...I do have a spare.

    • CocoSeward1972

      769d

      hugs, that hits home hard. I had a small stroke in 2012 the Illinois dr ignored despite catching it on CT scan my husband wanted to check on the inoperable brain tumor from 2007. 8 MONTHS later after the ct scan i finally had an appointment to inform me yes i had in fact HAD a stroke! My advice is learning to laugh is probably the most important thing. It makes " normies" nervous & usually they stop laughing at it. <3

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    • AuntSquirm

      769d

      I have Irlen Syndrome, www.irlen.com, and using my color helps significantly.

    • honeybeeheidi

      769d

      I had a ton of brain fog until I tried this health program and I’ve lost 35 lbs and still losing! That’s a big deal for me since I’m type 1 diabetic and let me tell you it is HARD for people with my disease to lose weight and keep it off!! If you’re curious about the program I’m on I’m actually a new health coach with this program so if you’re interested message me!

      • yolonda

        734d

        @honeybeeheidi I’m interested. will you email me yolondacarney@yahoo.com.

    • AuntSquirm

      769d

      I take ginko biloba and use Brain Power Young Living Essential Oil. I also jus tell people my mind blooped.

    • Shared_Rain

      769d

      Brain fog is ridiculous. I live alone and have no one to remind me of anything. I’ve paid so many late fees because I forget. Names I’ve known for years I’m unable to recall. I have posted notes all over my house, and still get overwhelmed. I depend on my phone a lot, but unable to take into work at the prison where I work as a psychologist.

      45

      • Phy201

        696d

        @Shared_Rain if you are able to wear a smart watch you can get one, that mirrors your phone in many ways, for reminders, making notes of things, etc.

      • Stuckguiltyjnkedad

        697d

        @Shared_Rain whoa,! Wow what a job! That must be tough not to take home with you when you leave?! I’d be happy to chat with you anytime, that is if I don’t have brain fog! Lol

      • PrettyFairy

        717d

        @Shared_Rain that sounds so hard and understand the difficulty of that situation. I am thankful everyday that I have a partner with a better memory then me

      • FaithKay

        724d

        @Shared_Rain I make a list each day of important things. I find that since I've come off alot of meds and been watching my diet my brain is much clearer. I struggle with focusing like reading. It's difficult especially getting started.

      • EpilepsySux

        730d

        @Shared_Rain This sounds so much like me. I also have moments at work where I will not be able to recall a co workers name. That is really embarrassing. I don't live alone, but I still have post-it notes hanging everywhere and I can't go anywhere without my maps ap giving me the directions to where I need to go. As far as late payments, I put as many bills on autopay as as possible.

        • PrettyFairy

          717d

          @EpilepsySux 😂 same about the auto pay. And even that I panic about wether it actually came out or not

      • Miri_D

        753d

        @Shared_Rain how old are you. Im 35 have same issue

      • MoonFairy

        761d

        @Shared_Rain psych is my passion and I’ve always wanted to be a psychologist!! But I constantly worry about whether I’m going to be able to get through school with my conditions (dropped out of university once, and once with online community college classes) but now taking very light course loads at community college. But I also constantly worry that being a psychologist will be too much for me with all my illness. Do u have any thoughts on this?

        • MickShell

          721d

          @MoonFairy I have the same fear. I'm also a psych major and my passion is working with Autistic kiddos. I had to quit the job and school bc of how sick I got. Now that I'm getting better I have no idea what the future holds and if I'll ever be up to going back to that job. It's very physically and mentally demanding, so I'm very worried. But my support system reminds me that I can explore and find other passions within psych that won't be such a big toll on myself. I'm not even back at school yet so it's a ways away. I'm confident that there's a career in psych that will allow you to have the passion AND keep your body/mind "safe". Keep looking?

    • Chronicbadass

      769d

      I try to do some deep breathing and notice what is going on around me. Sometimes it grounds me and helps and sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes, if I’m able, I take a nap.

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      • Bre19

        156d

        @Chronicbadass I usually take the nap

      • breadbored

        735d

        @Chronicbadass I try to do that too but then I just get scared that I'll be forgetting even more 😅

    • Elentiya

      769d

      Often times when I get brain fog I try to focus on what I did last. Like read a book and continue talking with someone. Often times I'll listen to music and go work on something.

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      • GTECH718

        688d

        @Elentiya Soft music definitely does the job

    • tigerlily2002

      769d

      Yes! I also keep a pretty detailed planner! Otherwise I lose my mind over all the rings i’m forgetting!

      35

      • Bre19

        156d

        @tigerlily2002 that's good

    • Gwinnie

      769d

      Calendar apps are a Life saver! And I still get lost sometimes.

      43

      • Bre19

        156d

        @Gwinnie very true

      • Diamondlife

        716d

        @Gwinnie they really are, I never needed a calendar to the extent that I do now. Brain Fog Sucks!

    • Joe2008

      769d

      Calendars, alarms, and lists that sync across all my devices. If not nothing will ever get done

      66

      • Bre19

        156d

        @Joe2008 that's smart

    • Laylah

      769d

      Brain fog makes me self conscious because I can’t concentrate. Oftentimes if I have to be around people I just tell them the truth.

      105

      • Emomomo

        649d

        @Laylah never tell a soul unless it's your closer friends who you trust with your heart

      • Sweetpotato

        692d

        @Laylah My Gastroenterologist said it could be a build up of ammonia in my system. He prescribed medication to help get it out of my system

        • Iluvkk

          664d

          @Sweetpotato Can you share the name of the med, please?

      • Lauralee175

        712d

        @Laylah coworkers and supervisors only have access to your medical conditions if you tell them. It's protected under HIPPA.

      • trish89

        719d

        @Laylah I get that too. I can recognize when it is happening but I don't know how to stop it. I usually sit down, close my eyes and take a few deep breaths. I use a 4 count exercise to help take in oxygen. It helps my to relax and clear my brain. I also use sticky notes so that I don't forget things. I also keep track of when my brain gets foggy.

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        • PrettyFairy

          717d

          @trish89 its the not knowing how to stop it thats gets me. Its hard to explain to others especially in a work setting that my memory and brain fog is a very real thing for me and happens often. I constantly feel defensive about when i lose my train of thought to a boss because Im not dumb I just have a disorder.

          13

      • GaPeaches

        727d

        @Laylah yes I do too. Cause I feel stupid if I dont tell them

        10

      • Pidgeon

        735d

        @Laylah Same here

      • Tightrope

        753d

        @Laylah So do I!

      • Doctor_Rainman

        768d

        @Laylah I say this only out of care. Sometime that is the wrong thing to do, simply because there is so much evil in the land & people with bad agendas. I don't like to see someone being taken advantage of.

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        • FinnWren

          725d

          @Doctor_Rainman it's not always the wrong thing to do tho! if someone feels comfortable to share it could be freeing to do that.

        • Brittanie

          752d

          @Doctor_Rainman why would it be bad to share that? I'm curious

        • giragitsprj

          761d

          @Doctor_Rainman @laylah for people who are very close to you, maybe you can just be upfront, but I agree… would caution against sharing too much with either strangers or especially in a work environment or something… and not sure what your situation is, but you don’t have to feel bad, after all, brain farts can really happen to anyone at anytime 🤗 lol

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