One of the most annoying symptoms of my PTSD is my lack of memory. Believe it or not, my memory used to be near photographic. Actually, this over active memory may have contributed to PTSD. Anyways, I now have a lot of short term memory issues. I lose things easily and it drives me nuts.
Today, I lost my keys. Actually, they’re not lost exactly. I left them in my wifes car and she left this morning on a 3 day business trip. Luckily, this is one of the things I have planned for ahead of time. I created a redundancy plan to deal with memory shortfalls like this.
First, I called her to make sure they were in her car. They were, so that stress is gone. Then, I followed my notes to find the spare key, as well as the key to the safe. I also keep a note in my phone to tell me the path to take if stress overwhelms me and I can’t think properly.
So, by creating some redundancies to take of my memory slack, I have taken steps ahead of time to reduce unneeded stress.