22 Oct The Impact of Lifestyle Choices on Short-Term Memory Loss
I hope that your week was blessed with plenty of Quran time: revision, and the learning of new verses – if that is part of your learning goals.
Short-term memory loss can be a serious issue, and it’s not always easy to determine the exact cause.
Although several medical conditions can affect memory, there are other things that also influence the brain. Lifestyle choices can have a big impact on short-term memory loss. This is something that forms a crucial part of my hifdh mentorship program, as it can impact our memorization journey and process, too.
Consider these common causes of short-term memory loss:
Anxiety and stress: When you’re worried all of the time, it’s harder to remember things. Both anxiety and stress can adversely affect your short-term memory. Research studies show that stress can increase cortisol levels in the body, and this can affect brain function, including memory. When you’re focused on things that cause you stress or anxiety, it’s more difficult to remember important tasks, names, or events. Your mind isn’t designed for multi-tasking, so these things can affect your memory.
Exercise and relaxation techniques help reduce stress and anxiety. Try mindfulness practices, going for a walk in natural surroundings, or participating in sports on a regular basis.
Not sleeping enough. Sleep is a vital component of brain function. The lack of sleep can have serious consequences for the body and mind. When you don’t get enough sleep, it’s harder to remember things or pay attention during the day. In addition, your cells can’t restore themselves and heal. This affects your brain and other parts of the body.
Poor diet that lacks essential vitamins and minerals. Your brain needs food just like your body. A poor diet can affect your short-term memory. If you’re not eating enough or only eating junk food, your short-term memory suffers. Researchers have found that vitamin B6 and others are important for the brain. A high-fat diet with fast food, chips, and fried food can be detrimental for the brain. Switching to a nutrient-rich diet with whole foods, fruits, and vegetables can help turn diet-induced memory loss around.
Remember to take good care of yourself, and that your health and wellbeing is an Amanah, too.