How to Deal with the “Holiday Brain Drain” 6 Tips to Improve Memory- Interview
Feeling flustered and forgetful as the Holiday season draws near? It could be Holiday Brain Drain! Here are 6 tips to improve your memory this Holiday season…
The holiday season often brings with it a dizzying array of demands – shopping, baking, parties, cleaning entertaining and travel, to name just a few. One report shows that consumers spend about 15 hours on holiday shopping, and about the same amount (15 hours on average) attending holiday parties, gatherings or events with friends or family. It’s also estimated that Americans spend about 7.4 hours on average traveling to or from their holiday destinations.
With so many demands it can become stressful and it may be difficult to remember all you want and hope to accomplish.
Recent reports show that 69% of Baby Boomers are concerned with fighting the mental signs of aging – and what can be more evident than ever around holiday time. Experts say we should think of our brains like a bank account. Every time we learn something new, play a challenging game, or read a book, we’re depositing into that account – this is a concept called ‘Reserve’.
Some simple ways to make it easier to remember several pieces of information is to put it into chunks; for example, instead of trying to remember these numbers: 2, 7, 5, 3, 8, 7, try to remember this instead: 2753, 87. Your brain can retain more information if you group items together than if you think of each number as a separate piece of information.
You can also remember some things by attaching meaning to them; for instance, to remember items to purchase at the grocery store, make a sentence out of the list. For example, the turkey ate bread and peanut butter before she laid eggs and drank milk.
Other tips to improve brain health:
- Connect with friends and families: relationships tend to buffer us from the stress of daily lives
- Sleep: it plays a critical role in keeping our brains functioning well
- Take brain health supplements: can improve memory and recall in healthy adults
Join me in a recent interview with Dr. Mike Dow, Ph.D. as he discussed the issue of memory recall and brain drain during the holidays and offers advice for improving and boosting your brain. Dr. Dow is a New York Times bestselling author and psychotherapist who has written several books and has appeared as a guest on several TV talk shows including Today, Dr. Oz and The Doctors.
See the entire interview here:
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More About DR. MIKE DOW
Fueled by intense passion, a voracious quest for knowledge, and relentless determination, Dr. Mike Dow has achieved remarkable success helping people around the globe in myriad ways; employing innovative protocols across multiple disciplines to treat a multitude of psychological and physical conditions.
He reaches millions through his appearances on popular network and cable television shows, helps more in his Los Angeles private practice and countless others through his best selling books and philanthropic endeavors. And it all began at home when his brother suffered a massive stroke when he was just ten years old. From that day on, Dr. Mike has made it his mission to help people heal their brains and lives; a journey that continues to expand into new avenues of research, discovery, and treatment.
Dr. Dow holds many titles: psychotherapist, New York Times bestselling author, brain health, mental illness, relationship, addiction, and nutrition expert; and consequently, “America’s Go-To Therapist.”
In addition to hosting his own shows, he is a frequent guest on NBC’s Today Show, The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, Anderson Cooper’s Anderson, The Talk and more. Dr. Mike co-hosted E!’s’s Sex with Brody, based on his relationship advice podcast with Brody Jenner, as well as VH1’s Couples Therapywhich ran for six seasons. He was the cohost of TLC’s Freaky Eaters and My 600-lb Life Reunion, Logo’s That Sex Show, and ID’s Strange Criminal.
On Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), he served as LaToya Jackson’s therapist on My Life with LaToya, and was the therapist on Freeform’s The Bachelor spin-off Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After. Dr. Mike hosted Investigation Discovery’s My Strange Criminal Addiction, appeared as the therapist on The Real Housewives of Orange County and was Tyler and Catelynn’s therapist on MTV’s Teen Mom. In Canada, he’s a regular on The Marilyn Denis Show and Breakfast Television and is a Huffington Post contributor. His latest cohosting project is in production – (re)Connect on Disney+ which will premiere in 2020.