It sneaks up, grabs hold and suddenly we can’t recall the simplest things. We lash out at others, cry for no reason, or just feel overwhelmed wondering, “what’s wrong with me?” We blame all sorts of things when often it’s not just one but a crescendo of little things that finally scream in our reactions. Cumulatively and simply it’s stress. And the sooner we deal with it, the fewer moments it will steal from our lives.
As we continue our #habit series of lifestyle factors impacting our memory, stress is up next. The feedback I receive when talking about stress varies based on the age of the audience. I think part of it is based on our awareness and ability to call a spade a spade. Older generations don’t believe they are stressed. Or if they are, they don’t or won’t name it as such. My hypothesis on why this occurs is based on their life experiences. Many of them participated in or at least lived through world wars, economic depressions, etc. They dealt with a lot and many just moved forward. They didn’t lament their plight and discuss their stress, they picked up their bootstraps and moved on. Their hindsight and experience benefit their vision.[Read more…]