Many people have asked us about feelings of exhaustion or fatigue after so many months of lockdown. Described as “brain fog” it can leave you feeling tired, lacking in motivation and have a negative impact on your day to day life.

Some advice received on what you can do to help:

“For those suffering with feelings of ‘brain fog’ or chronic fatigue, my advice would be to try and start implementing some daily exercise into your routine. Whether that’s a brisk walk, run or cycling or something involving a partner like tennis or an online group class to help with the motivation. I would also recommend following a healthy diet as some may feel like they’re out of their normal routine and their diet has suffered. A mediterranean style diet including olive oil, fruits and vegetables, nuts and beans, and whole grains has been proven to improve thinking, memory and brain health.

It’s also best to avoid alcohol or drugs which can have an adverse effect on your brain function. Vitamins B12 and folic acid can also help with cogntive function and for those with severe symtoms, cognitive rehab could be considered. Ensure you are getting enough sleep as stress and exhaustion lower the immune system so having enough sleep is vital to give the body time to heal. And finally, try and increase your social interactions.

Hopefully with lockdown restrictions easing this will be easier and can really help lift the mood and get our brains working.”

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