Corona disease still constitutes a major disappearance in quite a few contexts but more and more studies are pointing to its reverberating effects long after the actual recovery. A study published in the journal The Lancent examined the largest number of recoveries examined to date – 3,762 recoverers still suffering from side effects, in order to map the major long.term symptoms that characterize the corona virus. The study data indicate that decreased cognitive function and memory problems are among the most common side effects reported by 85.01% of subjects of all ages.
According to the study, the decline in cognitive function reported by recovering patients includes poor attention, difficulty solving problems and making decisions, loss of short.term memory and long.term memory.
For 31% of respondents cognitive impairment occurred starting from the first week of symptoms. Reports of cognitive dysfunction rose in the first three months, peaking at 66%, and then declining slightly in the following months. At the same time 55.5% of the respondents reported a decrease in cognitive function even seven months after they became ill.
“The first step in managing memory dysfunction is to identify them and understand that they exist. Especially when most recoverers have no test or official explanation for the decline in cognitive function, which makes it difficult for many to understand if it indicates a memory problem. her”. Explains Aniel, an expert in developing strategies for improving memory. “One of the best ways to spot memory problems is to activate it proactively: try to remember the words of a favorite song, remember childhood memories with family members, or remember the shopping list you need to do without looking at it. In activating the memory we can learn better and understand where we experience the difficulty. “.
If you have identified a memory retrieval problem, Aniel suggests a number of actions that can optimize cognitive function and improve memory function in the months following recovery and in general:
1. Short.term memory aids
During periods of memory load and in general, it is recommended to use memory aids that will help us remember the daily tasks. From writing each appointment or task in a diary with a timely reminder, reminders throughout the day on the alarm clock, a list of daily tasks on a neat page and proactive writing of everything that is important for us to remember from that day.
Managing memory aids will help us significantly reduce short.term forgetfulness, reduce stress, and feel more secure about memory function. Remember that a large proportion of short.term forgetfulness cases do not result from memory dysfunction but from attention, order and organization problems.
2. Daily follow.up in writing
Keep a daily follow.up in writing of your forgetfulness cases. This will help you understand them, the type of cases, the number of cases per day and even if they are repeated at certain hours. From this follow.up one can learn well where the most difficult points are and accordingly think about the solutions.
For example, if you almost regularly forget a certain object when leaving the house, for example the wallet, place it on the exit path so that you can not forget it anymore. This is just one example. There are many more solutions you can think of if you just learn and understand the problems better.
Reduce external “noises” and distractions
In a work meeting, at the dinner table with the family and even while watching a lecture or movie – in order to focus the mind and allow it to remember better, neutralize all external “noises” and distractions that can interfere with the absorption of information and create a quiet and comfortable environment.
For example, a tidy desk, neutralizing outside noise, and most importantly preventing distractions from using a cell phone. In other words, help the brain to be able to focus and absorb the information that is important to it, while you proactively neutralize everything that can distract it.
4. Measurable daily training
As in any field where you train when you want to improve and succeed, so in the field of memory, it is very important that you train it consistently, set goals in your mind and measure the results. All memory training can be performed during your daily activities, when you make a shopping list, write down a phone number, be exposed to new names, listen to a song you like, learn new information in a lecture or meeting and more. Each of these situations is an opportunity to train the memory to absorb and retrieve information.
Take advantage of these opportunities and set clear goals for your memory of what is important for you to remember. Setting goals and measuring results consistently will focus on you, increase your motivation to remember better and make you persevere in training and improving memory over time.