Do you worry that your memory won’t be up to the task of planning and detailing your memoir or family history book? Corinne Gediman and Frances Crinella, the authors of Brainfit (Rutledge Hill Press, 2005) have some suggestions which are sure to help you remember.
First, relax – they say that “anxiety blocks memory function.” Then, instead of worrying, help your brain to remember by calling up related information.
· Recite the alphabet slowly searching for a first letter connection.
· Do a "scenario search" in which you visualize the location and the people present when you first learned the information.
· Try to see, hear or touch something you associate with the memory. Look at a photograph or listen to music from the time.
· Do a chronological search retracing your steps in order to locate the moment when you last used the information.
· Ask yourself what you were doing the last time you thought of the memory.
· Recall the people with whom you shared the memory.
· Engage in physical activity and aerobic exercise, which have been shown to immediately elevate mood and memory.
You may be surprised at the wonderful, detailed memories you retrieve!