Why Your Brain May Feel Like It's Broken Amid the Pandemic


Why Your Brain May Feel Like It's Broken Amid the Pandemic

If you're struggling with mental fog a year into the pandemic, you're not alone. Mental fog might include searching for words, losing your train of thought, burnout and just a general fuzziness. Experts say that many aspects of how we have lived during the past year have likely contributed to a dulled mental state. Blurring the boundaries of work, social and family life can contribute to issues with memory.

To alleviate the strain of a pandemic that is likely to shape our lives for the better part of this year, experts recommend decreasing the number of responsibilities we have if possible. This may involve delegating duties that you typically take on. Experts advise against multi-tasking, as "attending to one thing for each moment can help to improve your ability to store information." It is also recommended to go outside and get some fresh air or look at pictures of nature. This can go a long way in improving cognitive ability.