Reducing your level of tired can start with getting as much sleep as possible, even if it means going to bed shortly after dinner once or twice a week. Learn to manage your energy levels. The Spoon Theory is an excellent visualization tool to remind you to work within your limits. There are also things you can do to build energy, ranging from supplements to exercise and emotional support
Earlier this week, I had decided on a really good topic for today's post. I just had to get my Humira shot and then I‘d start writing. Within 5 minutes of my shot, three things happened: I could feel the usual buildup of woozy pressure in my sinuses, as well as the usual buildup of gas. And thirdly, I couldn't remember what that great idea for today's post was.
Many of the medications used to treat RA have side effects that make your mind extra fuzzy for a couple of days after you take them. On top of that, they also tend to make you tired. Not only do you have side effects that mess with you memory and your ability to focus, but you also get that extra bit of tired that double the effect. The irony is lost on none of us.
Most of us learn to work around these side effects. We schedule our meds for times when we're not working and move through the world in a slightly fuzzy state for a couple of days. We make sure there are notepads and pens in every room and figure out the reminder function on digital calendars.
Having a slightly fuzzy brain doesn't have to be the end of the world. Finding the humor in the situation helps take the sting away. And remember that you're not alone. Other people with RA know what you're going through. And best of all, so does pretty much everyone else. Whether it's from fatigue, menopause or multitasking madly, most people know what it's like when your brain doesn't perform perfectly.
How do you manage your fuzzy brain?
Lene is the author of the award-winning blog The Seated View.