As I’m writing this I’m listening to Emma Forbes on the Gemma & Emma Podcast and she’s talking about being in her 50’s, memory issues, the need for lists and saying ‘let me write that down’.
I too seem to have reached the necessity of a notebook age. The days of buying pretty books and not writing in them have gone. Now they’re packed with weekly menus, event plans, reminders of what I’m doing and where I should be.
I’m not saying everyone is like this, but honestly. Once menopause sets in it seems the fabulous memory that remembers every kids schedule, everyone’s favourite food, best friend’s phone number plus a million other life appointments just seems to go out of the window.
In the past I’ve never kept a diary or specific calendar. With the birth of smart phones I started entering reminders for things, but really I just knew stuff, all stored in my brain… until now.
Now, if it’s not written down it’s not happening.
Although this is frustrating there’s no need to panic, a lot of memory problems are common and age related. Like forgetting the day of the week or date, or a word or name. Even misplacing something but finding it later are quite normal.
Of course we believe one major change to the body that may cause normal forgetfulness is menopause. A reduction in the body’s hormone levels can cause occasional lapses in brain function, resulting in short-term memory issues. But what about stress?
The University of Rochester Medical Centre team found a link between complaints of forgetfulness and the way middle-aged stressed women learn or process new information. This doesn’t mean we’re are on the way to developing Alzheimer’s disease.
The University’s finding helps explain why women in their 50s frequently say they’re having memory problems: It’s possible that their changing moods and hectic lives make it harder to keep track of everything. Stress, another reason why women in their fifties are making changes to their lives.
Because stress can hurt your memory, it’s a good idea to try stress-reducing activities, such as:
- relaxation techniques
- tai chi
A 2012 study showed that taking Tai Chi three times a week can improve thinking skills and memory tests. This could be because we’ve taken the time to slow down and focus on one thing. So if you can make time for any activity that gives time just for you, it can benefit in more ways than you would imagine.
So about those notebooks, what did I buy?…… everything!
and do you know what….. I forget to write in them.