Maintain good sleep
hygiene. See Dr. Barrett’s sleep hygiene
tips for further information on this
Depression, pain and sleep deprivation can
influence your ability to concentrate and
remember. Getting your medical problems
treated may indirectly help your memory.
Stay active. Physical
activity can increase your energy, help lift
your brain fog, and improve your mood.
Repeat things to yourself over and over.
Repetition will keep thoughts fresh in your
Write it down. Making
a note helps you get a thought more firmly
in your mind. You may want to keep a
calendar or notebook with you so you can
write things down while you're thinking of
words or directions can be difficult because
they are abstract. Try to picture an image
of what you need to remember instead.
Pick your best time.
If there is something you need to do that
requires concentration and memory, such as
balancing your checkbook or following a
recipe, pick your best time to do it. Many
people perform best early in the day after
they have fully woken up.
Do a set of specific tasks
in the same order, every day. This will
lessen the chance that you will omit
something. Retracing your previous steps can
help you remember if you forget what you are
Reading a book, seeing a play, or working a
complex crossword or jigsaw puzzle can
stimulate your brain and your memory.
Keep it quiet. A radio
blasting from the next room, a TV competing
for your attention, or background
conversation can distract your attention
from the task at hand. If possible, move to
a quiet place and minimize distractions when
you are trying to remember.
Go slowly. Sometimes
memory problems can result from trying to do
too much in too short a period of time.
Break up tasks, and don't take on more than
you can handle at once. Stress and fatigue
will only make the situation worse.
Explain your memory difficulties to family
members and close friends. Stress often
makes memory problems worse. Getting a
little understanding from the ones you love