Are you finding that you are getting a touch forgetful? Forgetting things can be stressful and sometimes worrisome. As we age we may become slightly forgetful. Yet more and more we are seeing that younger people are also being challenged with forgetfulness. If you are getting a little forgetful, here are a few things that you can do.
Do you forget to make time for exercise?
Exercise has so many known benefits, including reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, strengthening the bones and muscles, and reducing stress. When you exercise, you have time to mentally debrief yourself. If you are pumping hard, it brings you to the ‘here and now’. Finding time to exercise can be difficult. Try this: On a monthly chart, fill in your weekly activities that are non flexible such as class hours, work hours and family time. After mapping it out, see what times you have free. Mark the times in as “EXERCISE”. Set your alarm on your phone for this time. Know that this time is for you and your health. Try to stick by it for a month until it becomes natural.
Do you forget to drink 2L of water a day?
Water is essential for all our bodily functions and health. According to a new study, it seems that being even just slightly dehydrated can impair attention and short term memory. Most people don’t remember to drink water throughout the day. Try this: Carry a 1 litre water bottle around with you at all times. If your water is close to you then you’re likely to reach for it and take a sip. Over time you’ll notice that throughout the day your body signals for water before you actually feel thirsty. Remember, after every coffee or tea drink a glass of water. This helps hydrate your body.
Also by carrying your own bottle around you are helping to diminish the global plastic problem.
“ONE MILLION plastic bottles are bought EVERY MINUTE around the world — and that number will top half a TRILLION by 2021. Less than half of those bottles end up getting recycled.” Do your part and say no to plastic bottles!
Are you getting enough sleep?
A study published in the medical journal Sleep found that six hours or less of slumber could be just as bad as not sleeping at all. When you are sleep deficient your body does not have time to heal and goes into a state of stress. This may cause high blood pressure and the production of stress hormones. Try this: Check out proven tips for a good night’s sleep here.
Do you forget to take your supplements?
Certain vitamins and fatty acids have been said to slow or prevent memory loss. When choosing a memory supplement, consider only those that contain proven ingredients. It’s always good to check with your Naturopath or Nutritionist whether your supplements have to be taken with food or just water. Note: If you enjoy morning coffee don’t mix herbal supplements as coffee may affect the absorption rate. Try this: Remind yourself to take your supplement by leaving them near your toothbrush.
Elevated stress can lead to anxiety disorders that can lead to memory problems. Many people reslove to drinking alcohol. This is a short term ‘feel good’ response. Drinking too much alcohol can interfere with short-term memory, even after the effects of alcohol have worn off. It’s best to stick with the recommendation of no more than two drinks per day for men and no more than one a day for women. Try this: Reduce anxiety and stress by simplying your life. Check out hints here.
Medications such as tranquilizers, antidepressants and some blood pressure drugs can affect memory. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you suspect that a new medication is taking the edge off your memory or making you fell foggy. Read here for a list of medications that may cause forgetfulness.
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