Video: 9 Ways to Clear the Fog of Cancer Treatment

9 ways to clear the fog of cancer treatment

Cancer treatment and stress can affect your thinking. Try these tips for refocusing when you're foggy or forgetful.

  1. Make lists. Movies to see, to-do lists, people's names: Details can stump you during treatment.
  2. Get enough sleep. Inadequate rest drains your mind, so get your 7 to 8 hours a night.
  3. Challenge your brain. Play word games, do puzzles or brush up on that second language.
  4. Get more exercise. Regular activity reduces both mental and physical fatigue.
  5. Eat more produce. Fruit and veggies keep blood sugar steady and boost thinking power.
  6. Practice relaxation and mindfulness. Stress plays a major role in memory and focus.
  7. Follow a routine. A predictable schedule keeps you from feeling overwhelmed.
  8. Focus on 1 thing at a time. And hand off the tasks you can to others.
  9. Cut yourself some slack. It's OK to be forgetful; it takes time to heal.

Expert guidance from the doctors, nurses and specialists for cancer care at Mayo Clinic.