Research shows that we remember things better if we know how to control our stress level. The relationship between stress and memory loss has been established by many studies.
It is a fact that most of us have experienced a loss of memory while under stress. Many a times, especially while taking a test, we tend to forget whatever we had learned earlier.
Our memory seems to come back in a flood, as if miraculously, after the test. This lapse in memory is due to stress.
The best way to avoid this kind of memory loss is to avoid stress.
But, this is not practically possible. The best we can hope for is to take on less stress. Memory, as a result, may not be totally lost under these circumstances.
Studies have shown that meditation can relieve stress and avoid memory loss. Long term memory loss may also be affected due to stress. There have been reports where people have lost their memory completely after encountering intensely stressful situations.
The mechanism of memory has been studied in detail. There seems to be a close relationship between hormonal changes due to stress and resulting loss of memory.
At least two hormones have been isolated which lead to disruption in the memory collection and storing process. Human beings are wired to respond to stress with instant action. Fight or flight is the only two alternatives.
Memory, as a result, takes a back seat when encountering stressful situations.
Stress and memory loss can be avoidable – HOW?
Lately, every act of ours seems to be stressful, right from driving on the highway to talking to your boss. The important question here is whether the memory loss due to stress is big enough to cause disruption in your life?
The latest medical research seems to point in this direction. As our lives get more stressed, our ability to concentrate on the job at hand is drastically impaired. Our productivity due to stress-related memory loss decreases dramatically as the level of stress increases.
Taking a break from our work, a quiet weekend in the hills or spending time in bed are good stress busters. In addition, these activities are important for building relationships. Time spent with friends and family can reduce stress and improve memory.
The relationship between stress and memory loss has been clearly established by many medical studies. One should try to reduce stress at work for better productivity. Taking a break can do wonders for your health and for your memory.
Don’t forget that you are at your best when least stressed.