Has your mental health been a little unstable since you found out that you’ll be able to host a conference for the first time?
It is easy to tell that your shaky feelings are not because of your unwillingness to do the job. The opposite may be true, considering the news might overjoy you. Nonetheless, you don’t have it if you feel nervous about the upcoming event. That is the typical reaction of people who are so close to seeing their dreams turn into reality.
While we cannot prescribe you with calming pills or diagnose your issues at this instant, what’s obvious is that you may be worrying about your memory failing you once you hit the stage. There is a buildup of anxiety. Perhaps you believe it when Marla W. Deibler, PsyD says, “It’s ‘normal’ to experience some degree of anxiety when stressors are unfamiliar, unpredictable, or imminent.” However, it is unacceptable for hosts, after all, to forget the script they prepared or be unable to come up with ad-libs to make the guests or audience comfortable. If that happens, you may have to change your career and focus on something that does not require you to speak in public.
In case you refuse to turn your back on your dreams, though, here are some unconventional ways to strengthen your memory and keep your mental health on track.
Challenge Yourself To Do Something Different
I have once read a witty saying on one of my friends’ Facebook posts. “When things do not go right, you should go left.” It may sound too cheesy or childish at first, but it genuinely makes a lot of sense when you think about.
You may feel as if your memory skills are not good enough because you have been doing the same thing in every waking day of your life. Thus, your nerve cells have already decided not to be productive. If you are used to staying at your home, doing nothing, or working overtime, doing everything, you may want to interchange those activities to spice up your dreary life. Challenge yourself to do something different every once in a while to see an improvement in your memory. Alicia H. Clark, Psy.D. says “The sensation of pressure doesn’t have to be negative—it can be a positive challenge and motivating.”
Go Heavy On Caffeine
This trick will be as easy as ABC for those who live and breathe for coffee, but for some who are not very fond of any caffeinated beverage (myself included), I guess there is no other choice but to L-O-V-E it if you want to retain your sharp memory for the conference. It has been mentioned in an article that caffeine can protect a person from memory decline. As the drinker’s increases, too, the caffeine becomes more active, so you should have at least one cup of coffee or tea every day to be able to maintain your strong recollection.
SPOILER ALERT: There is just one little glitch on that study — they have found out that the magic of caffeine only works for women and not for men. The logic behind it remains a mystery even for scientists. So, you should go heavy on caffeine at your own risk.
Spend Time Away From Home
Harvey Earl Wilson, the journalist who was famous for his column, called It Happened Last Night, once said that “a vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.” I do not know about you, guys, but fall is my favorite season of the year. It is the time when my siblings, my parents, and I get to spend a lot of time together because of the many holidays that are associated with it. The fact that I manage to stay away from all the worries that work and studies offer all year round is refreshing as well. If it does not take place, we will be like a bottle of cola that has been shaken vigorously. When you open it at once, then BOOM! Everything becomes a sticky mess.
Try to assess how much you are being affected by your problems and think of the advantages of going away for a while. It is like listening to Andrea Bonior, Ph.D., clinical psychologist suggestion. “Whether you suffer from seasonal affective disorder or not, the evidence is strong that getting outside just for a little bit can be very helpful,” she says. You may sleep near the beach or drink and party with your friends till you drop if you wish. You can enjoy your life for once and reduce the risk of having a degenerating memory. I am not saying that you should spend all of your earnings on one trip; it is enough to pay a little more than usual so that you can pamper yourself before going back to the “real world.”
Put Things In Disarray Occasionally
This idea is for you if you are a person who has notes all over your desk or refrigerator door because you do not want to forget things. E.g., grocery days, football games, and date nights, among others.
Being organized is excellent, but too much of it can make your memory decline since you only get to see the same things all the time. If you feel like you practically have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) by now, and it is not doing anything useful with your retention, you can try to put things in disarray on purpose sometimes. This way, you’ll be able to put them back in order the next day and clear your head in the process. Don’t worry; you won’t be fooling yourself by doing so. You are merely testing if you can still remember where some things should be situated at.
It cannot possibly be easy for everyone to stand in front of hundreds of strangers and talk as if they have known each other for long. Some people may have that skill, but there are others who need a little push to realize how they should react to lovely news.
Try the activities mentioned above regardless of how unconventional they may be. You may find one that will calm your nerves and allow you to prepare for the big event. Good luck!