Ways the pandemic has deteriorated our mental health
The pandemic has been extremely hard on our mental health, from stress, anxiety, depression, and even burnout.
What is the pandemic fog?
The pandemic fog, though, has impacted everyone. It is known as the cognitive fuzziness that lingers in our day-to-day life that gets in the way of our memory, problem-solving, and getting things done.
Causes of the pandemic fog
After over a year of daily stressors and isolation, it is unavoidable. In some people, this feeling has also partnered with sluggishness. A feeling where it is hard to get going, and motivation is difficult. If any of this sounds right to you, you are reading the right post.
How to know if you are impacted by the cognitive fog
What we can start to do to get back to normal
This is all a normal way to feel, and there is a lot that can be done to adjust and get back some of that motivation and executive functioning in the brain. First, it is important to relax your limbic system, which is in control of your feelings. For this, you can try listening to relaxing music, going for a nature walk, practicing self-care, or mindfulness practices. This will allow reconnecting with your executive functioning areas of the brain that power critical thinking. Once you feel calm, make a list, set a reminder, schedule your appointments. This calming practice before getting things done may be helpful for some time until life feels more stable. If you feel sluggish, some great activities to offset that feeling are getting exercise, whether it is a walk around the block or bike ride, running, or a virtual fitness class. Partner that with healthy food options to boost your energy levels.
How a healthy routine can positively impact the pandemic fog
When is it time to reach out to speak to a therapist?