Are you feeling mentally fuzzy or like you have a perpetual hangover? You could be emotionally fragile. Maybe you are struggling to stay financially afloat. You might feel very lonely. Experts like neuroscientist Hilke Plassmann say that we are experiencing real brain changes brought on by the trauma and uncertainty of the pandemic.
He states that, at uncertain times like these, our brain works differently. The prefrontal cortex is swamped with conflicting signals, impacting our analytical abilities. The brain scrambles to check its long term memory for comparable experiences. Not having answers, it looks outwardly for strong guidance on what to do next, with little results.
Add to that being sleep deprived and/or stressed, and the brain struggles with heightened sensitivity. Combining all of this produces Covid Brain. And, you are not alone. It is a problem much of the world is coping with at the moment.
Time and self compassion are important. It is worth devoting daily conscious attention to developing healthy mental habits such a meditation, connecting safely with friends, exercising, limiting exposure to the news, and playing music that is either upbeat or soothing.
Most useful is to look at this time as a catalyst for positive change rather than a threat. We cannot cure the ills and evils in this world unless they arise and show themselves, which they are doing. Stress can be a catalyst to promote clearer thoughts and to monitor negative thoughts. Let me know of any insights you have gained.