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Neuroscientist: Covid Brain Is Real. Here’s How to Deal With It
Feeling mentally fuzzy? A scientist explains the mechanics of why you’re struggling to think straight during the pandemic.
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‘Covid brain’ is real. Here’s how to deal with it
If you’re feeling more mentally fuzzy or emotionally fragile than usual these days, blame this culprit: Covid brain.
That’s neuroscientist Hilke Plassmann’s name for the way the pandemic’s trauma and uncertainty is changing how our brains function. Plassmann, who coined the phrase on Tuesday in a blog post co-written by editor Benjamin Kessler, explained that, if you’re like most people, your brain’s prefrontal cortex–the center of analytical thought–is being swamped by ambiguous signals. Simultaneously, the brain is searching its memories for comparable experiences to guide its next steps, and coming up empty.
The result: “a fragile, frazzled state that keeps our thoughts simultaneously on edge and unfocused.” In other words, Covid brain isn’t just sleep deprivation or stress. You’re not alone, you aren’t imagining things, and taking a couple of extra naps won’t solve the problem. (It’s worth noting that “Covid brain” doesn’t refer to the physical experience of contracting Covid-19. On Wednesday, researchers at the University College London released a small study of 43 patients indicating that the virus could lead to potential brain damage.)
What will solve the problem? Plassmann offers three useful tips for getting yourself into a more clear-headed state. Read our story to learn how to deal with Covid brain, so you can approach this crisis as your sharpest self.
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Trainer TIP Friday!
Are you suffering from low back pain? It may be because of tight hamstrings. It is important to keep hamstring strong by doing strength training exercises such as leg curl, resistance ball rolls and pelvic tilts. It is incredibly important to lengthen the hamstring and stretch. Grab a band or belt, straighten your leg and hold a static stretch for 30 seconds!
Hope these tips help relieve your pain! Have a Great Weekend! Stay safe and healthy!