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5 tips to improve chemofog


Chemo fog is a common side effect of cancer due to cancer treatment and at the after cancer clinic we help patients treat it.

Patients suffering from chemofog have difficulty concentrating, memory loss, and disrupted sleep. Even if temporary, these symptoms have a real impact on quality of life. To reduce them, follow these 5 tips.


Exercise

It cannot be repeated enough: regular physical activity is good for general health. And not just for your body, your brain benefits too. Exercise can promote the secretion of molecules that are beneficial to the brain. In particular, activities that cause small impacts on the ground like running or jumping rope. Research on the subject is still too recent to understand exactly why, but positive effects have been observed. However, be careful not to overdo it, risking unnecessary fatigue and injury. Instead, try to integrate regular, moderate, and specially adapted practice into your lifestyle.


Feed your brain

In the long term, diet can contribute to intellectual functioning by providing the brain with the nutrients it needs. And first and foremost, the lipids of which it is mostly composed. You can adapt your diet by adding foods rich in omega-3s such as nuts, almonds, and hazelnuts, or fatty fish such as sardines, salmon, or herring.


Try meditation

Perhaps you have heard of mindfulness meditation? This technique is known to help distance negative thoughts and emotions. It also helps improve your cognition. Training yourself to bring your mind back to the present moment whenever it wanders, this practice increases your mental flexibility and strengthens your attention.

Something else you can try is ASMR - Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. This concept involves broadcasting pleasant, repetitive sounds to help you relax. Numerous ASMR videos and podcasts are available for free on the Internet.


Improve your sleep

Good cognitive functioning also requires good sleep. If you have sleep problems, follow the tips in our blog post about sleep disorders.


Take care of your anxiety

Are you anxious, nervous, or even depressed? These mood disorders act like short circuits in your brain. If they persist despite the implementation of the routines we mentioned earlier, do not hesitate to turn to cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBT).

 

Get started with The After Cancer to improve your chemofog




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