Never Forget Another Important Birthday or Anniversary
Discover how more sleep less stress can help us remember important dates.
You're sitting at the kitchen table enjoying a cup of coffee when a rush of panic shoots through your body. You forgot your sister's birthday. You rack your brain for excuses — your daughter is sick, work is crazy, you forgot the postage and her card was returned ....
It's time to leave those excuses behind and start remembering important dates. Here's how.
Mark the date.
At the start of the year, go through your calendar and fill in all the important dates. Hang the calendar in a prominent place at work or in your home and check it weekly.
Follow your nose.
Learn to associate important dates with appropriate smells. For instance, if your husband's birthday is in October, the scent of apple cider might help you remember.
Make it mnemonic.
Mnemonic devices are memory aids. When it comes to dates, try an alliterative phrase such as "February 5, Ben's Birthday Beckons."
Stress can affect parts of the brain that process memory. Reduce stress, and you may find yourself remembering more.
Use a reminder service.
Search the Internet for free services that send reminder emails or messages to your mobile phone. Some offer free e-cards, too.
Get your Zs.
Fatigue can adversely affect your memory. Get enough sleep every night to combat overall forgetfulness.
Try a software solution.
Download a free reminder software program to help jog your memory. These applications live on your computer and will remind you when important dates are coming.