• Hanifah Jones

Finals and Fibro Fog

Updated: Nov 11, 2019

It’s been three years since I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Like many other people living with chronic conditions, it’s become a norm. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make things any easier. Due to the additional stress of finals, my flare ups have been at an all time high.

Fibromyalgia takes a toll on you mentally as well as physically, and let's just say, finals and fibro fog do not go well together. For those of you who don't know, fibro fog a term used to express the cognitive difficulties experienced by people living with Fibromyalgia.

For me, my fibro fog causes me short term memory issues and I have a difficult time properly expressing my thoughts. When you have cumulative exams and you're expected to remember materials from three months ago, fibro fog is your worst enemy.

Thankfully, I'm more prepared this time around. As a senior, I have finally accepted the fact that all-nighters are not for me. That doesn't make me lazy, and it doesn't mean that I don't have an intense workload. It just means that a lack of sleep, combined with stress, makes my flare ups much worst. By properly managing my time, I make sure to get at least six hours of sleep a night (which is still less than the recommended amount, but its better than nothing)

This may sound cliche, but I've also turned to meditation. Whenever I feel like my thoughts are jumbled up and the words coming out of my mouth aren't making any sense, I try to calm down, take a deep breath, and give my body time to reconnect. As college students we often tell ourselves that we have to multitask and do everything in a rush. However, there's nothing wrong with slowing down from time to time, especially for the sake of your health.