People who are chronically ill (which includes chronic pain) often experience cognitive difficulties. Sometimes this is referred to as “brain fog,” which is defined as a lack of mental clarity due to an inability to focus or remember things. You may have trouble concentrating on the task at hand. You may have trouble with reading comprehension and find yourself going over the same paragraph several times (this can happen to me). You may have trouble remembering things — big and small (from where you left your cell phone, to what you watched on TV the night before, to the task you decided to undertake just moments before). What follows are six strategies I’ve developed after almost 18 years of chronic illness to help me cope with cognitive dysfunction.