I often see clients who have a lot of anxiety about their memory.
It just seems that they cannot remember things as well as they used to. This lack of memory leads to high levels of anxiety as they wonder whether they may be coming down with altzheimers or some other type of dementia.
The problem is often stress. And of course the more they worry the more they stress. What a viscious cycle!
When you are stressed your body releases high levels of cortisol into your bloodstream. Cortisol destroys glucose and glucose is the brains only source of food. So if your brain isn't getting the nutrients it needs then it makes sense it will not function as well.
Add the following into your daily routine to reduce high stress levels and keep you stress resilient.
- Exercise- Essential for brain health. Regular exercise will reduce the levels of cortisol and send those feel good endorphines into your body. You don't have to spend a lot of time. 20 to 30 minutes a day. A nice walk before bed will also help you get a good night sleep helping you to be more productive and focused the next day. That will help to reduce your stress levels as well.
- Practice breathing exercises. The breath is the quickest way to shift you from anxious to calm in a matter of seconds.
- Aromatherapy- Certain olis such as lavander and chamomile have been proven to help you move into a calm state. Oils can be infused into the air, added to a bath or added to a massage cream or oil and massaged into the skin.