Re: Why is my memory so bad?
Our brains are such an amazing organ, capable or so much more than we ever ask of it. When there are compromises to the brain due to accident, disease or other traumas the brain is able to shut itself down, and re-wire itself, re-route blood supplies and re-train us to perform tasks that seem to have been lost forever.
That includes the memory. Like a muscle, it performs best when used frequently and occasionally pushed a little harder.
Seven years ago, I survived 4 strokes while snorkeling in the ocean near my house. My brains shut down for a good year, while I was asleep and my brain was feverishly fixing itself and one by one I began to regain function that had all been lost. At that point, I had lost vision, speech, memory, balance, the whole shebang. I was just asleep.
I am now 7 years beyond that day, and I have been writing everyday just to keep my language flowing.
I use any kind of trick or tip I can think of to remember things. When it becomes a solid habit to remember to remember...your memory will have improved. I have heard that it takes 30 days to create a habit, doing the same thing each day in a row.'
I use my cell phone alarm everyday to take my medication on time. I use my calendar religiously. I have a big chalkboard, use notes, hide keys, etc.
Much of the memory could be a result of a very busy lifestyle. Sometimes we get so busy, things slip by us. It might be as easy as taking a minute at the door before you leave everyday. I have a hook and a shelf at the door area to leave items that need to be returned or dropped off.
Believe it or not, just playing word games can keep your mind sharp for everything. I like Scrabble.
It is too bad that you are having such memory problems at a young age, and without any reason....but the fact that you have recognized it and are searching for ideas on how to resolve it for yours1elf is a big step towards a better memory!
Last edited by writeleft; 11-19-2010 at 04:36 PM.