Fearless Friday

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On Wednesday I wrote a blog in response to the daily prompt of foggy. I wrote about what people who have multiple sclerosis call “cog fog”.  I cited an article from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s website. You can find the blog post here.

Today I got my update from Multiple Sclerosis News Today, and it featured an article titled Nine Ways to Manage Brain Fog.  It lists the following suggestions:

  1. Write things down. I certainly like my iPad and smart phone!
  2. Exercise the body. I definitely see the exercises I do are vital to my overall health!
  3. Exercise the mind. I enjoy my jigsaw puzzles and playing the game of mah-jongg.
  4. Pick the right time of day. For me it’s in the morning.
  5. Eat a brain healthy diet.  My eating habits over the last four years after being diagnosed have definitely improved!
  6. Get plenty of rest. I enjoyed my 8 to 9 hours of sleep at night.
  7. Go easy on yourself. I definitely enjoy my downtime after at time of too much stimulation.
  8. Organize your home. My analytical mind helps me here. I have every thing in it’s proper place.
  9. Plan ahead. Sometimes this works, but if a bad day surprises me, I have to change plans at the moment’s notice. However, it’s good to plan a slow day after a really busy day.

I am sure these strategies can help with other chronic illnesses. Please share with me some of your ideas about these nine ways to manage brain fog.  I love to hear other suggestions! We learn best from each other!

As a sidenote, I’ve decided to organize my weekly blogging schedule.  Actually this is another way for me to manage my brain fog. Sometimes it is hard to figure out what I’m going to say in each of my blogs. I like the daily prompts, they really help. And I will still do some of those along the way as well.

I will be keeping my Sunday Devotion. But I’m going to rename it Scriptures for Sunday. Then on Monday, I will continue my quotes, but I will call it Monday Musings. I will include more positive living type of quotes.  Then on Wednesday I will do a blog called Wednesday’s Word, which will be devoted to some of my favorite scriptures.  It will be different from Sunday, in that I will add less discussion and narrative.  On Fridays, as you see above, I will do a blog called Fearless Fridays. You may know that my recent book is called Fearless. It is about my struggle through grief and finding hope and victory after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. So Fearless Fridays will be focused on topics concerning multiple sclerosis.

I will take this new schedule out for a spin and see how it works!  Please let me know what you think!

 

18 thoughts on “Fearless Friday

  1. I think these are all wonderful ideas for anyone to follow to retain our cognitive abilities. I used to work in a senior citizens home caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia and it is very true…WE MUST EXERCISE OUR MINDS! Reading is a wonderful way to flex the grey matter as well. Great post!

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      1. I’m just now getting used to reading my bible on my tablet and through my school they tuned me onto the site called biblearc.com for Hermeneutics and Exegesis BUT I don’t know something feels “weird” about it – guess I’m an old fashioned kinda gal I like the way a physical book feels in my hands. Especially the Bible BUTTTT I do love being able to search so effortlessly for scriptures on my tablet Bible.

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  2. Hi! I’m glad I stopped to read through your blog post about ‘brain fog’. I suffer from Fibromyalgia, and that condition [brain fog] seems to be one that plagues me as well. Too much exercise nearly incapacitates me, due to what the fibro causes to happen if I do too much. Muscle stiffness galore, and nerve-ending pains in my feet that feel like I’m being stuck with needles. So I try doing as the doctor suggests and moderate all physical exertion. That’s tough to do for me, since I’ve been active, and ‘hands-on’, all my life.

    Those suggestions they gave sound great to me, and I am glad I do practice more than a few of them already. Like playing Mah Jongg on the computer while listening to videos online. I have to do it that way, due to my mind beginning to wander because just listening becomes boring for me. It’s like ‘multi-tasking’ to help control ‘attention deficit’.

    Rest is becoming possible now due to a particular med. the doctor prescribed to help control the nerve-ending pains, and muscle aches. Sleep is so beneficial for fibro patients, too, but for years sleeping enough [more than 4-5 hours a night] seemed like an impossible dream to me. I resisted even considering taking that medication for the fibro though for years, until the doctor told me that I could take it and regain some ‘quality of life’, or I could go on the way I was, and continue lamenting over the quality of life I’d lost–it helped make up my mind for me right after he said that!

    I’m a Christian too, and I’ve found that reading God’s word–reading anything from it–has helped me tremendously each day. It’s actually our being spiritually ‘re-charged’ by reading what God has said on any subject, and I love it! So, I was glad to read that you will be doing a blog post each week that delves into things from God’s word. I hope I have a chance to read the things you write about from Scripture each week. I probably need to make a note about that, and post it where I can’t miss seeing it, though!

    Thank you, and God bless!

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  3. Sounds like a very good plan. I’ve always made the joke if the appointment isn’t in my phone, you won’t see me. I have everything in my calendar of my phone with alerts. That helps me with the fog.

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