Mental Well-Being

Fighting the Brain Fog: Keeping a routine after having Covid

May 31, 2022

After battling Covid-19, things that used to be part of our daily routine can suddenly become daunting. Many people struggle to get their energy back to what it was before having Covid, and continue to struggle with “long haul” symptoms.

Retaining your routine

One important thing you can do for your body after having Covid is getting back to your routine. That probably includes stuff like:

It might sound basic, but these things can be hard to do if you’ve recently battled Covid. But by getting back in the habit of a regular routine, you help reduce your chances of developing muscular issues and other health problems that come from staying sedentary for too long.

Battling brain fog

Once you’re back in a good routine, another thing you might be fighting is post-Covid brain fog. That typically comes with feelings of confusion, and problems with memory, concentration, and thought.

One way you can help combat brain fog is exercise. While you may need to work up to longer amounts of exercise depending on how much your body can handle in a post-Covid state, it is recommended to exercise at least 150 minutes per week (that’s a little over 20 minutes per day) for good brain health. As a bonus, exercise can even reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s.

Getting a good night’s sleep is also important for combating Covid fog. While it may feel like you’ve done nothing but rest as you recover from Covid-19, it’s important to still get a full eight hours of sleep each night. Maintaining a routine and having a consistent sleep schedule will help your brain’s recovery tremendously.

Having a consistent meal schedule and meal planning is great for your health as well, and is another way to fight the Covid-19 fog. Your body will appreciate the habit of eating three healthy meals a day, and will also appreciate the habit of getting out of bed to prepare those meals.

One step at a time

The most important thing you can do for yourself when recovering from brain fog is to grant yourself grace. It will probably take time to work yourself back up to the same level of stamina you had prior to Covid-19—but these health tips will help you recover safely while working towards putting your best foot forward in the future.