Chronic illnesses tend to have a dreaded side affect of memory issues which can be extremely frustrating.
Through the years, I have experimented with different approaches towards keeping myself organized and on track. The ways have changed as the kids have grown, but I have found that now they are in their busy stage of life, I must keep a very detailed schedule.
At this time, I use my cell phone and a wall calendar to keep track of daily appointments, celebrations, work schedules, really anywhere I need to be and when. Then, I write out my daily to-do list on an index card so I can carry it with me throughout the day (if I don’t forget it, that is 🙂 )
Which leads me to this week’s questions, How do you keep yourself organized?
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- I can remember where I put my keys the last time I used them
- I can find my purse when I need to leave without help from one of my kids
- I remember that my sunglasses are on the top of my head within two minutes of searching for them.
- I can create a blog entry in less than 3 hours without crying
- I remember to bring my grocery list with me to the store
- I remember I have list with me, and use it at the store
- I can find my phone 75%………ok 50% of the time
- I can summarize what I read in a book from the day before
- I remember an appointment without being reminded by one of my calendars
- I am able to help my kids with algebra
…….as you can read, it really doesn’t take much!
…..and it is so darn frustrating and down right scary some days. There are times the brain fog is so thick is seems as if I am trying to think my way through oatmeal, and the old-fashioned rolled ones at that. I can’t remember peoples’ names, words, what I walked into a room for, or what I was going to say next. These symptoms scare me, big time, and I have to work hard to keep my emotions in check as anxiety can come on strong and put me on a train to nowhere.
So, to assist with my memory, here are a few things that I do:
- I make a lot of lists. I keep a running list of items needed at the grocery store and things to do …………….now if I can only keep track of all my lists!
- I keep a calendar on my phone plus one in the kitchen and one in the bedroom. I also keep separate calendars on the wall for each of my kiddos major projects, homework, and tests. I realize this is a lot of calendars, but it has taken me years to discover what works for me.
- I try not focus on my mental hiccups as it leads to anxiety which makes every single symptom in the entire world worse!
- I consume healthy fats for my brain.
- I do my best to stay properly hydrated.
- I try to keep my brain active by reading, listening to music, researching, meditating, and trying to learn something new. Who couldn’t be helped by memorizing some Shakespeare?…..shall I count the ways?!
- I take omega 3 fatty acid every day.
- I take magnesium every day.
- I eat a large salad every day.
- I try to move my body daily with some type of physical activity.
Memory issues, from my experience, seem to go along with many of chronic illnesses. I would LOVE to hear what helps you………..