Last Updated on September 10, 2021 by melissanreynolds
Managing fibro fog at the best of times is difficult, but how can you manage fibro fog at work? In this post I share five practical tips for managing fibro fog or cognitive dysfunction associated with chronic illness. This post was written a few years ago when I had just one baby. But all of these tips hold true at all times.
Starting a new job is both a time of increased fatigue and an opportunity to begin good habits for managing yourself.
In my first few weeks of a new job that bears more responsibility and has required a lot of fast learning, the fatigue levels have increased.
I have been experiencing some of the old brain fog side effects such as losing words (they’re right there but you just can’t reach them -so frustrating and really obvious!), muddling things up and just plain forgetting things.
Luckily there are a few ways to work with fibro fog at work
Fibro Fog at Work 1: Plan:
I make sure I have a master list of the key projects, a date schedule for key tasks/deadlines and a daily to-do list. I work off this through the day and spend 10 minutes before I leave writing the next day’s to-do list.
Fibro Fog at Work 2: Prioritise:
I have had a few pressing projects that I didn’t feel I could prioritise yet in hindsight I see one that could have waited a little longer!
Fibro Fog at Work 3: Rest:
This is a hard one with the baby, my morning is rushed and there isn’t much time for an afternoon rest. The weeks that my husband is on nightshift I try to take advantage and have him pick up baby so I can rush home and actually lie down with the heat pack. The weeks he is working until 6pm I just have to try to grab snippets of time to sit down.
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Fibro Fog at Work 4: Sleep:
Sleep is a problem for most people with Fibromyalgia, and it is a big struggle for me. If I’m lucky, I can spend about 9.5 hours in bed and achieve 8-8.5 hours of sleep. I have been making a point of getting to bed by 9.30 as often as I can to maximise sleep opportunity. I have found a relaxation technique where I imagine warmth and relaxation creeping slowly throughout my body starting at my toes, I rarely get to my head, and I find it really useful when I’m starting to get frustrated by my awakeness or discomfort.
Fibro Fog at Work 5: Gentle Exercise:
It can slip when you’re exhausted, learning a new routine and it’s cold. My knee problem hasn’t helped. However, even a 15 minute walk is counted as success at the moment. Keep it manageable and positive (build yourself up for what you do, don’t beat yourself up for what you don’t.)
If you want to try some gentle movement then check out this Beginner’s Yoga for Fibromyalgia class on my YouTube.
Do you have any other suggestions?
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