Some days things go smoother than others. When the stress in your life increases, it is harder to stay focused and your mind is preoccupied. More and more I am hearing complaints of memory concerns which are not limited just to older adults. Have you noticed there are times when this happens to you? For those of us who know a loved one with dementia, the fears can escalate even more quickly.
Many years ago I was in the airport looking through a book I had purchased on activities for those with Alzheimer’s disease at our national convention. A man approached me and asked me if I was reading that book that fast. It was quickly followed by a question about his memory concerns. When we talked, he revealed there was a lot of stress in his life personally and professionally. My thoughts were that he probably was having these problems because of what was going on since he was looking for a new job and his mother was seriously ill. I shared some suggestions which included relying more on memory props and incorporating some stress reduction strategies in his daily routine. If his concerns persisted, I recommended a good physical since there are many reversible cause of memory loss.
TO DO THIS WEEK:
Humor is one of the ways to reduce those stress hormones. Lightening up is sometimes a challenge during difficult times. What tickles your funny bone? This week focus on finding little things that make you laugh or smile. Find a website that can deliver a daily joke that appeals to you. Create a humor resource library with funny movies or reading material that can become part of your “toolkit” when you need a break.
“Good humor is a tonic for mind and body.
It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression.
It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends.
It lightens human burdens.
It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.”