"When a person is stressed, two things happen," Dr. Guttman says. "First, they're often affected by lack of sleep and/or poor nutrition, both of which are necessary for the brain to work optimally. And second, the brain is preoccupied by whatever is causing the stress taking up precious mental energy that would normally be used toward needed memory storage."
So how should you deal with stress?
The best way to deal with stress-related memory loss is to STEP AWAY FROM THE SCREENS. (Yes, I know you're looking at a screen right now.) The APA recommends meditation, talking to a loved one, physical activity, getting enough sleep, eating right, identifying what's stressing you out -- all stuff you probably know already.
Another thing you probably already know? That you're bad at dealing with stress. One in four millennials admits that they're not doing enough to manage it, according to the APA's survey. Only one in every 10 boomers says the same thing. So let's handle that stress, people. Boomers have already taken so much. Don't let them take the stress-handling prize*, too.