Stress, Anxiety and Memory
When you are stressed out and feeling anxious, you will probably notice that you have a hard time learning new things and a hard time remembering stuff.†
Why does this happen?
∑ When you are anxious and stressed you have decreased concentration and attention. You donít pay attention as much as you do when you are calm, and so you donít encode the new information well, if at all. In other words, the information doesnít get in!
∑ When you are distracted, you have a hard time retrieving information from storage.
∑ In other words, when you are stressed, you canít focus, your mind is in a jumble.
In order to get on the ball, you need to relax. The next sections will discuss some tried and true techniques for stress management.
For more information about stress and how to manage it, check out our Stress Management Program.