Not only are millennials the most stressed generation, they're also the worst at dealing with it: Most cope with stress by going online, eating, and playing video games, according to the APA. And since overeating and overdependence on technology both mess with your memory, maybe poor coping techniques are indirectly affecting your memory, on top of the high cortisol levels that are affecting it directly.
"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.