Forgetfulness, also known as retention loss, is a condition that affects many people regardless of age, sex, gender or social class. Forgetfulness is something that causes many people to become embarrassed and oftentimes becomes a hindrance in life.
Some symptoms of forgetfulness include: inability to find car in a parking lot, missed appointments, loss of train of thought, inability to remember names, locations, facts, recently viewed movies or other information as well as a plethora of other symptoms.
The origins of this infectious disease date back to the cavemen days, when the mighty caveman would wander the lands only to forget what he was looking for. Since then, the number of people infected has reached high into the millions, with more and more infected each day.
Take action and protect yourself.
Below is a list of tips to help the millions of other forgetful, absent-minded and memory-retention challenged people of the world.
Be patient. Becoming frustrated or angry will not help the situation. Take a moment or two to think back and try to retrace your last steps or thoughts.
Set up storage spaces. Whether it is a bowl to place your keys in or always choosing to park within the first few rows in a parking lot. The main objective is to designate a place for the things that are commonly misplaced. By giving the item a ‘home’ and always returning it there, one will be less likely to misplace it.
Use a planner. Whether it is the traditional pen and paper or the use of calendars or electronic organizers, it is vital to record appointments, assignments, test dates or an upcoming date or event immediately. Quick tip: remember to check your planner every day as well.
Exercise. Inadequate blood flow to the brain has been found to cause forgetfulness. Even if it is a brisk walk, a steady flow of blood to the brain will increase the number of nerve cells there. Exercise is good for your mind, body and soul but even more so for your memory since it helps prevent illnesses like high blood pressure or stroke, which may lead to forgetfulness.
Eat right. Research has found memory loss can be the result of a drop in glucose levels in the blood. By eating more whole grains, vegetables and nuts, the body will be better able to maintain blood-sugar levels.
Concentrate. Turn off background noise and pay undivided attention to whatever it is that you want to remember. Whether that is studying for the big biology test or the job interviewer’s name. Simply pay attention.
Play video games. Video games indirectly strengthen the brain by challenging your brain to work, concentrate and focus on the task at hand. That is exactly what is needed to improve memory retention.