For the last few weeks, we have explored the different kinds of stress that can cause cancer.  If you have been reading along, you know that the brain and immune system function at a lower level when your body is in a stressed state.  The same thing goes for your memory.

Many people let the holiday season get the better of them.  They get stressed out and impatient waiting on long lines, running around bustling malls, gift-wrapping and cooking elaborate meals.  Do you notice that when you’re in a ramped-up state, you start forgetting things?  That’s because stress really does have a negative effect on your memory.  If you want to make sure you remember every trimming and trapping this holiday season, follow these tips to help alleviate stress and improve your memory.

 It might seem cliché, but the holidays are really best spent relaxing and enjoying the simple things in life.  Announce to your family that you want to have a low-pressure, super-relaxed holiday season.  This is definitely the best option for your health and your brain.  Maybe it will even become a family tradition!  Invite everyone to come to holiday dinner in funny sweaters or even pajamas.  It will definitely make for a memorable family picture, and everyone will benefit from the chance to kick back and get comfortable.

Many people spend the nights before the holidays staying up late doing last-minute shopping.  Make it a priority to get plenty of sleep instead!  Try shopping ahead of time or online.  Getting an early night’s sleep will improve your mood, memory, and focus so you can enjoy all that the season has to offer.  Plus, winter is the best time of year to get cozy under some blankets and have a nice warm beverage.

The start of a New Year is also a perfect time to make some achievable goals, and the perfect time to start some new habits that are good for building your memory.  Learn how to do Sudoku, or download an app designed to teach you a new language.  Invest in a new musical instrument to learn how to play, just for fun.  Meditation is another brain-healthy practice that you can try.  Did you know that acupuncture could help build new pathways in your brain?  Consider making an appointment with a local acupuncturist!  These simple approaches can eventually have a major impact on your memory.

Most important of all, your brain should be evaluated by a functional neurologist to determine specific areas of brain dysfunction which could be leading to your memory loss.  This holiday season we are offering free Brain Health Consultations!  This is an amazing value and opportunity, so please email us at or call our office to book your appointment today.

And make sure to read along next week to learn how to stick to a healthy diet despite temptation this holiday season.  If you are interested in Dr. Kaplan’s services, please contact us at 201-261-2150 or visit our website