I use to be able to remember my friends birthdays, their phone numbers and the good times that we had together. Now, I find myself forgetting my family’s birth dates, their phone number,s and who I met yesterday.
Stress and Memory
I blame it on aging, but in reality, it is not really so much about aging, as it is about being so busy that I don’t take the time to file the information away.
One of our biggest fears as we age is losing our memory. By taking care of ourselves and by learning to slow the chaos down, we allow our brains to access our memories more effectively and efficiently. Click to tweet
Beverly’s Hot Tips For Building Resilience and Promoting Good Memory Day:
A good memory is nurtured by a healthy, common sense lifestyle. This requires a healthy body, mind and spirit.
- Participate in activities that stimulate your brain, such as reading, crossword puzzles, playing cards, and other mental exercises
- Be social. Maintaining a network of friends will increase your overall level of brain stimulation
- Exercise daily. Physical activity significantly lessens the chance of cardiovascular complications that could cause dementia
- Control hypertension, diabetes and heart disease—risk factors for dementia—through physical exercise, quitting smoking, controlling blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, and avoiding obesity
- Follow a healthy diet and take vitamins, including vitamins C and E, and Folic acid
- Limit alcohol consumption. Alcohol has a direct toxic effect on the brain that adds to the loss of nerve cells and synapses
- Manage stress through techniques such as relaxation, meditation and yoga
- Find a healthy work-life balance. Learn to slow down and be in the moment.
If you have some strategies to share – comment on this posting!