Rush hour traffic. You’re rushing to get the kids to school and yourself to work. You have a million things to do on your “to-do” list. Wait, where did you put your car keys? We live in stressful times. A little stress can be good in that it can motivate us. But too much stress can negatively impact us both physically and mentally. Stress can also really take a toll on our memory. Our memory functions by encoding and consolidating information and retrieving that information when it’s needed. When we’re under too much stress our encoding process can be disrupted and we can forget vital information. Here’s an article on effective retrieval strategies so we can remember the information we need, even when we’re under a lot of stress. Good luck!
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Dr. Zuniga is a psychologist, author, and consultant in Austin, Texas.