Trouble remembering where you parked the car? Forgetting appointments or blanking on people’s names?
Don’t panic, chances are it isn't early Alzheimer’s. And no, you don’t have a brain tumor.
The truth is, you’re probably just experiencing a little bit of chronic stress. And the cure for those brain burps is as simple as it gets: relax!
Studies show that chronic stress can do a number on your spatial memory, making it next to impossible at times to remember where you parked your car, or where you put those pesky house keys. And now, researchers at the University of Iowa say they’ve found a connection between the stress hormone cortisol and that spotty short-term memory loss of yours.
In the study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers showed that cortisol essentially eats away at the synapses in the pre-frontal cortex of the brain of lab animals. That’s a problem because those synapses are a big part of how your brain stores and recalls information.
In other words, chronic stress could behind why you forgot to pick up the milk on the way home…AGAIN.
But with my super simple Beat Back Stress Plan you’ll find getting rid of the tension is as easy as one, two, three.
One: Commit to eating better. Cut back on the sugar, simple carbs, and processed foods. With the proper fuel on board you’ll find you get less stressed.
Two: Get better quality sleep. When you’re tired it’s easy to sweat the small stuff. Click here to read up on my tips to getting some zzz’s.
Three: Get some regular exercise, a natural stress reliever, and take up a stress-busting activity like tai-chi or yoga.
Before you know it you’ll be saying bye-bye to chronic stress and welcome back to your memory.