Busy Lifestyle Syndrome vs. Alzheimer’s

You’ve got Busy Lifestyle Syndrome.  Chances are, you’ll be alive the next day.  Everything’s going to be find, and NO, you don’t have Alzheimer’s disease.  You won’t be losing your whole memory or dying anytime soon.  Just relax!  There’s a distinct difference between the two.  If you’ve got Busy Lifestyle Syndrome, then you aren’t going to be stuck in a hospital with an IV in your arm.  Now Alzheimer’s is a different story, but I won’t go into any morbid tales there…

If you have Busy Lifestyle Syndrome:

  • You experience small, yet frequent memory lapses.  These can be anything but not limited to: why you entered a room, why you pulled your phone out, what task was at hand during work, where you left object XYZ, etc.
  • You feel aloof and confused with an overburdened set of tasks throughout your day.  However, you still manage to get things done and taken care of despite living a hectic lifestyle.
  • You may feel emotionally overwhelmed and may have a difficult time dealing with stress

If you have Alzheimer’s:

  • You tend to forget large things, like your name, your children, where you keep things in your kitchen, your address, the current president, etc.
  • You may forget recent significant events or important conversations
  • You have trouble multitasking and/or doing two or more things at the same time
  • You have extreme personality shifts and have lost social skills

In any case, you should really see a mental health professional about Busy Lifestyle Syndrome if you suspect yourself to have it.  Alzheimer’s Disease is a very serious medical condition that should be treated under the direct care of a physician.  The problem that lies beneath is that people who actually have Busy Lifestyle Syndrome misdiagnose it as Alzheimer’s Disease.  90% of the time, and as long as you aren’t extremely elderly (80+), you have Busy Lifestyle Syndrome.

This may be another person going into freak-out mode over small memory lapses, but in the end, it’s alright that you have Busy Lifestyle Syndrome.  In fact, that’s perfectly fine.  However, believing and telling people that you have Alzheimer’s Disease is NOT fine.  Don’t misdiagnose yourself, and don’t take any chances.  If you want a concrete answer, see a mental health professional.  In the end, keeping a calm head is most important in this situation.  Your mind is already racing from Busy Lifestyle Syndrome, you don’t need another thing worrying you on your plate.

Keep in mind, it’s OK to have Busy Lifestyle Syndrome.  The only thing one needs to realize is that you just need a break, or a vacation, or maybe both!  People who are often overworked, stressed out, or working 50+ hours a week non stop are prone to have Busy Lifestyle Syndrome.  By having small memory lapses, your body is actually telling you to take it easy and relax.  Your body NEED to rejuvenate itself and relax.

Most likely if you’re reading this, you just have Busy Lifestyle Syndrome, and not Alzheimer’s, so everything should be ok.  It’s nothing much to worry or freak out about, so relax, rejuvenate yourself, and maybe learn some memory hooks to get over your memory problems.  

3 Tricks to Improve Memory with Busy Lifestyle Syndrome

3 MEMORY HOOKS FOR BUSY LIFESTYLE SYNDROME

Whether you have Busy Lifestyle Syndrome, or you’re just forgetful about anything and everything, using a “memory hook” in order to fix your Busy Lifestyle Syndrome can really help remember something as simple as someone’s name, to a long phone number.  Either way, learning how to use the right memory hook for the right situation can really help you get over your Busy Lifestyle Syndrome’s memory lapses.  When you have lapses in memory, or forget the simplest (or semi-complicated) things, your overall quality of life suffers.  You don’t have Alzheimer’s Disease level memory problems, but locking yourself out of the house because you forgot your keys really sucks.  Here’s three memory hooks in order to help you get your life in order.

  1. AUDIO VISUAL MIXING

Humans learn through three different ways of taking in information.  This depends from person to person, so if you find one method working better than the other, then utilize that method most.  Find whatever works for you, and continue to use it. The first is Auditory.  This is listening to what you need to remember repeatedly.  This is a common technique many actors use to memorize lines for scripts, rehearsals, and performances.  Don’t be afraid to say it out loud, in fact, it helps a ton.

The next one is Visualization.  By looking at a diagram or chart, you can piece together bits of information.  IF you need to write down what you need to remember and continually look at those words again and again, then you will be more likely to keep it engrained in your memory.

The last method is Kinesthetic.  A more common term used for this is “hands on,” instead of a crazy word that many probably can’t read or pronounce.  This is when you are doing something.  You learn by doing and basically getting your hands dirty.  For instance, learning how to drive a car is done through kinesthetic experience (or “hands on” for you folks who don’t like to pronounce really long words!)

Now that you know each of the three methods, you can MIX them together in order to engrain whatever you need to remember.  For instance, you can recite “my keys are on the hook by the door,” again and again while writing the phrase down, looking at where your keys are, and picking up your keys and placing them back on the hook.  This will engrain in your head where exactly your keys are.  Now you’re probably thinking, “I’m going to look like an idiot standing by my door doing all of these things.”  In actuality, you only need to recite the phrase maybe once or twice and write it down once.  Take a “mental snapshot” of where your keys are, and then proceed to what you have next on your Busy Lifestyle Syndrome agenda.  When you’ve got Busy Lifestyle Syndrome, you already have a ton of stuff to do and a million things to take care of, so get to it, and stop having these silly memory lapses by using memory hooks.

  1.  CHUNKING

This is an extremely common memory hook that is used to decipher phone numbers and more.  When you’re chunking, you’re grouping pieces of information together in order to take a “mental snapshot” of what you need to remember.  Look at your own phone number for instance.  It’s separated into chunks of information to make it easier to memorize (this is before the era of the cell phone, but if you really need to memorize a million digits of pi, then go for it!).  A phone number is typically separated or chunked into four different sections: Country code – Area Code – Three Digit number – Four Digit Number.  Instead of memorizing 15559382341, you would chunk it in to 1-555-938-2341 (this is not a real number.  Please do not call it!).

By taking several sentences or “chunks” of mental snapshots, you can remember more in a much quicker fashion.  For instance, take a photograph and divide it into fours.  You can chunk what’s in each quarter of the photo.  Artists commonly use this when drawing figures from imagination and looking at the “form” of the shape, rather than lines.

  1.  LISTING

This is by far the most common memory hook.  If you need to remember something, make a list and write it down on paper or in the “notes” program on your smartphone.  By making a list, when you have a memory lapse about something, you can easily pull out your phone and quickly find exactly what you were going to do.  People often use this for work.  It is the easiest and simplest way to remember just about anything.

Whether you’re just busy and have skips in your memory, or you’re just plain forgetful, using all of these techniques in order to eliminate the clumsiness of forgetting simple and ordinary tasks will improve the quality of your life.  Whether you’re listing off what you need to get done today, to continually reciting lines to memorize a script, use these memory hooks in order to stay more alert, more focused on the task at hand, and live a more productive life.  You’re already busy enough.  Don’t let your memory fail you when you need it the most.

How to Deal with Memory Lapses

When you’ve got Busy Lifestyle Syndrome, you have lapses in memory.  You forget someone’s name, or you forget to put the right cover sheet on your TPS reports.  Either way, you’re suffering from memory lapses, and you can’t afford to live with these lapses.  Your lifestyle is fast paced, energetic, and you’re always on the go.  You can’t “just forget” stuff anymore.  Your job, your lifestyle, and your loved ones need you to remember important dates, tasks, and personal things to take care of.

When Busy Lifestyle Syndrome is upon you, the problem is not, “how do I remember more stuff?”  The problem is, “I’m so busy I can’t take in all the details.”  Think about it, when you look at an object like a blue car, your mind is processing MILLIONS of bits of information.  You’re looking at the color of the car, the type of tires it has, the dents and scratches, what kind of door handle it has, the tint of the window, etc.  There’s a staggering amount of information within a single image that your mind can only process so much of it.

When you have Busy Lifestyle Syndrome, your mind is unable to process the important bits of information.  When you look at the car, a typical healthy human being would probably be able to tell you the color, the general size/type of car (SUV, van, sedan, truck, ect), and if anything was glaringly wrong with it (giant streak on the side, broken window, etc.).  When someone with Busy Lifestyle Syndrome attempts to describe the car to another person, they may forget what color it is, or the type of car it was.

Can you imagine getting into a car accident and NOT being able to describe what kind of car hit you and ran off?  It will not only be frustrating to yourself, but the police and your loved ones as well.  Getting into a car accident sucks, and not being able to describe your perpetrator in as much detail as possible is just as, if not more, frustrating.  The truth is, you’re going to have memory lapses, and you’re going to have to cope with it.  While attempting to cope with memory lapses as a side effect from Busy Lifestyle Syndrome can be difficult, it can be done.

If you think you’re suffering from these memory lapses often, you may be experiencing Busy Lifestyle Syndrome.  However, don’t take our word for it.  Make sure you see a licensed and credible mental health professional and get a full diagnosis for the problem.  We aren’t doctors, and we don’t plan on being doctors either (seriously, med school bills suck).  So if this article is striking a certain cord with you on memory lapses and the inability to recall the most important parts of an image, then you really need to see a licensed and credible mental health professional.

There’s quite a few ways to get over your Busy Lifestyle Syndrome memory lapses.  While you cannot avoid every single memory lapse, there are some tricks and tips you can use to get over these memory lapses, like relaxing and really focusing on the object.  By telling yourself that knowing this object’s most important details are the color, the glaring damage/problems, and the type of car it is (if we are using the blue car as an example), then you’re going to find yourself having less frequent memory lapses.

Another good example of memory lapses is forgetting someone’s name immediately after introduction.  This is an extremely common problem that lots of people have.  We’ve all forgotten someone’s name before, but if you’re consistently forgetting the names of people you meet, then you may need to evaluate yourself for Busy Lifestyle Syndrome.  When you’re trying to learn someone’s name and engrain it into your memory, try repeating the person’s name several times out loud while looking at their face.  This puts a mental image in your head of who this person is and what their face looks like.  It matches something visually to something audible.

While living with Busy Lifestyle Syndrome is really rough and can be incredibly frustrating, don’t fear of forgetting the most important parts.  Coping with frequent memory lapses as a result of being diagnosed with Busy Lifestyle Syndrome can be extremely  annoying and difficult, but with a little practice, and a bit of relaxation time to put the mind at ease, you can conquer your memory lapses, and overcome memory lapse obstacles in not just your work and career, but your everyday personal life.

Coping with Busy Lifestyle Syndrome

You’ve got Busy Lifestyle Syndrome…  That sucks.  It really does, but what can you do to get over it?  How do you cope knowing you have an extremely busy lifestyle and you will continually have memory lapses in your life?  That’s easy, and it’s something that our crazy workaholic tendencies often neglects, or forgets to do – Sharpen the Saw!

One of my favorite books of all time is Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” which defines seven habits that will make someone go from an average joe, to a productive and super epic awesome person in terms of productivity and well, effectiveness!  There’s one habit at the end of the book that is probably the most important, and often overlooked.  It’s called, “Sharpen The Saw,” and this single habit affects the other six.

Sharpen the Saw comes from an old fable (Aesop?) involving a lumberjack, a dull saw, and a gigantic tree.  A lumberjack is sawing away at a tree with a dull saw when a little girl comes up and asks the man, “Mr. Lumberjack, you should sharpen your saw.  It’s very dull.”  The lumberjack replies, “Little girl, I am too busy to sharpen my saw because I have this large tree to cut down.”  Little did the lumberjack know that if he took the time to rest his weary body whilst sharpening his saw, he would be finished in half the time.

You’ve probably given that lame excuse before, “I’m too busy!” or “I don’t have time to relax!”  The truth is, you just aren’t GIVING YOURSELF SLACK.  You’re so busy and in your own world that what you actually need, is a freaking BREAK!  While business may have you on call 24 hours a day, why don’t you just take a day, or even a couple of minutes to relax and chill out?  Here’s a couple of ways to cope and help alleviate the symptons of Busy Lifestyle Syndrome:

EXERCISE

Exercising is good for the mind and body.  It’s more better for the body than the mind, but it also lets your mind just rest for a moment.  By just elevating your heart rate for 20 minutes a day, you’ll see an increase in mood, energy, and memory!  For starters, try taking a light 20 minute jog around the neighborhood, or lift some weights at the local gym.  Gym memberships can vary in price (from $15/month to $75/month!) but regardless of what you choose to do, exercise is good for you, and people are just forgetting to do it!

EAT HEALTHY

Every red blooded American would rather sit at home, watch Netflix, eat a bucket of ribs and drink beer till the wee hours of the morning instead of doing just about anything else.  You may not realize it, but food has a HUGE effect on the body.  It affects how you think as well.  If you’re a weekend warrior who is constantly on a fast food binge, then you may want to consider eating healthy for once.  You’ll find that when you make a habit of eating good wholesome food that isn’t processed or jam packed with (delicious) sugar, then you’ll just despise eating French fries or greasy burgers and pizza.

TAKE A VACATION

This is probably what you’ll need the most, since you’re so busy and running around trying to get stuff done.  If you take a moment to treat yourself right to a nice vacation somewhere where there’s sun, fun, and friends, then you’ll be on the right track for getting yourself situated.  You’ll be surprised how refreshed and relaxed you’ll be after a short vacation and break from work and your busy lifestyle.

PROPER NUTRITION

Eating healthy and getting your full spectrum macronutrient profile are two completely different things.  Eating healthy is filling your plate with many different colored veggies, fruits, a sizable amount of protein, and simple carbohydrates/sugars sparingly (if any!).  Getting proper nutrition is about getting the full spectrum of all of your essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function properly.  If you haven’t done so, try using a multivitamin that’s derived from natural food sources.  Good products for this would be Athletic Greens or Metagenics Ultrameal.  Both of these supplements completely fill your macronutrient (and some micronutrients) daily need as a form of nutritional insurance.  You can’t always get your essential vitamins and minerals, so it’s best to have a cheap insurance policy of supplementation.  Often times, this will cost less than a dollar a day.

NOOTROPIC BLENDS

Besides multivitamins, we recommend “Alphabrain,” a powerful nootropic blend that is great for focus, productivity, and memory.  Alphabrain has been proven to improve memory in verified scientific studies.  It’s completely safe, and 100% effective with the only side effects being a more productive and clearer thinking you.

If you’re really having trouble with your Busy Lifestyle Syndrome, don’t fret.  There’s a ton of options out there.  Most likely, you need a break, so relax, take a vacation, exercise, and make sure you’re eating right.  Coping with Busy Lifestyle Syndrome and its numerous memory lapses and fast paced lifestyle isn’t easy, but by utilizing what we’ve outline here, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel

Busy Lifestyle Syndrome

Forgetful, lapse in memory, clumsy, and frantic is what happens to a person with Busy Lifestyle Syndrome.  It’s a condition that people either WISH they had it, or could get far far away from it.  Do you feel like you’re living day by day, struggling to remember the most simple things from your phone number, your car keys, or the name of someone you just met?  You may be suffering from Busy Lifestyle Syndrome, and not even know it!

In today’s world of “convenience,” with smartphones, e-mail, and instant messaging, your “inbox” will NEVER be empty and is constantly piling up with more and more work, things to do, and places to go, whether it’s just for work, or your own personal goals in life.  We have many areas of overstimulation in our daily lives from the messages we see on TV to the text messages on our smartphones of things and tasks we have to get done.  If this sort of lifestyle fits you, you may have Busy Lifestyle Syndrome…

Think you have Busy Lifestyle Syndrome?

Do you find yourself:

  • Forgetting one or two things from home before taking off to work?
  • Forgetting where you parked the car?
  • Could not remember what you were going to order for food when you’re at the front of the line?
  • Find yourself at the fridge with a task in mind, but simply forgot?
  • Find your normal everyday work tasks daunting and difficult?
  • Having small lapses in memory and thinking, “What was I doing here?” or “What am I doing right now?”

If you answered yes to some or all of these questions, you may be suffering from Busy Lifestyle Syndrome, and should see a licensed mental health practitioner to get medical attention.  This condition is on the extreme rise, and is continually causing a ton of fuss in the recent media.  What can you do to alleviate your lapses in memory?  Firstly, it’s better to understand the condition itself before beginning any sort of treatment – like curing a cold, it’s better to understand what the common cold is first before curing it.

What is Busy Lifestyle Syndrome?

Busy Lifestyle Syndrome is a condition where the brain is so loaded with information that it does not have the time or resources to store/process it all.  In a normal, healthy working brain, the mind is constantly taking in information and processing the important parts and putting it into our short-term memory (hippocampus region).  Someone who has Busy Lifestyle Syndrome is so flooded in information that he or she cannot extract the most important parts and put it into short-term memory.

For instance, you are meeting someone for the first time and have a short conversation with them.  You exchange names, chat for a while, and then part ways.  Later, you cannot remember this person’s name, or the color of their hair.  You only remember you talked about horses for a brief moment.

In this example, the mind did not extract simple information from the other person’s name, or even the color of their hair, but you had a short chat about horses.  While just about everyone has been guilty for forgetting someone’s name on the first meeting, but forgetting simple information like what they were wearing, what they looked like, or the color of their hair is a strong indicator of having Busy Lifestyle Syndrome.  If you can empathize with this story or if a similar situation has happened to you on numerous occasions, then we recommend that you should really consider seeing a mental health professional about the possibility of having Busy Lifestyle Syndrome.

Now we’ve all played the “let’s guess our acquaintance’s name” game, but if you find it constantly happening, then that could be a sign, but don’t take it from us.  Talk to a mental health professional about it if you constantly find yourself suffering from mental memory lapses.

What to do with Busy Lifestyle Syndrome

So you found out you have Busy Lifestyle Syndrome?  That sucks, but it doesn’t mean the world is going to end (we survived 2012!).  Here’s a few pointers on how to give your brain some much needed rest and relaxation:

  • Yoga and/or Meditation – this will clear out your constantly learning mind.  We recommend the Transcendental Meditation technique (Aff link if possible)
  • Exercise – You can’t go wrong with getting fit, whether it’s just taking a quick 10 minute jog, or hitting the weight room, your body won’t have time to think about your crazy day ahead of you and focus on exercising.  Plus, it will elevate your mood and overall, make you feel better!
  • Have Sex – Sex does wonders for your mind, body, and spirit. There’s not much else to this…  Also, shake weights don’t count.  Sorry ladies.
  • Stop Being Busy – The cause of you having Busy Lifestyle Syndrome itself is well, having a busy lifestyle!  Take a vacation, relax, do something for yourself and have a good time.  Taking a small vacation that lasts just one weekend will recharge and refresh you like crazy.
  • Use Alphabrain – Alphabrain is a nootropic blend that has been proven to provide a clearer head and drastically improve memory.  Check out alphabrain here

Busy Lifestyle Syndrome is a new psychology syndrome, and it’s something to be worried about.  Busy Lifestyle Syndrome affects millions of people around the world.  Don’t get left behind, and stop suffering from memory lapses.  Do something about your Busy Lifestyle Syndrome today!