Can Emotional Stress Affect Your Memory?

If you are experiencing emotional stress, the Intuitive Learning Circle offers support for your inner journey…

Emotional Stress That Affects Memory

Many times people can have memory problems when they’re under a lot of emotional stress, especially if they’re highly sensitive. Why is that and what can be done to help? You are probably overwhelmed by the uncertainty and ungrounded by the sheer amount of information that you feel you have to process. You might be experiencing symptoms like the ones below. Are you: 

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  • Processing difficult news 
  • Feeling weak or mentally exhausted
  • Disoriented due to grief or sudden loss
  • Picking up other people’s pain
  • Noticing an increase in forgetfulness
  • Getting confused more easily than usual?

If so, you are not alone and you can easily get some relief by going through the Emotional Stress that Affects Memory Exercise out of our Soul Oriented Solutions series.

Directions: Start by confirming that this is the best formula for you with the SOS Symbol.

Next, go through this short mind exercise to understand how emotional stress might be causing memory lapses in your case and what you can do to help yourself.

Emotional Stress Read each step and then gaze softly at its Circle, one at a time. Give yourself permission to look at the Circles in any way or from any angle that you like. All you have to do is stay relaxed. If you’re drawn to focus on the center of a Circle, great!. If you come up with a message, an image or instinctively want to trace over the lines, let your imagination guide you. A playful approach reduces stress and opens up possibilities so you can look at your situation from different perspectives.

Developing intuition in this way enhances your personal growth and can keep those creative juices flowing for better mind function!

Caution: the use of this exercise is not intended take the place of appropriate medical and/or psychiatric care. If you are having prolonged or increasing bouts of memory loss, seek the appropriate medical help.

Mind Body Integration

Mind Body Integration - Self-care for lossFor best results, look at each symbol both crossed over the midline of your body and uncrossed so that the correction is more complete.

Feel free to move at anytime in any way to help you embody your experience!

Stress That Affects Memory ~

How Are You Experiencing Disorientation?

1. We’re going to look at several possible reasons why emotional stress might be affecting your memory. One reason could be that you are disoriented due to a sudden recent change. You could be picking up on other people’s stress. Another possibility could be that your mind has been exposed to an overwhelming amount of information. It helps to be aware if that’s the case.

Let this Circle help you gather up any important information involved. Your unconscious mind knows what’s pertinent and what’s not.

You might want to jot down any impressions you notice. However, don’t be surprised if nothing definite comes to you. There may not be any words because the unconscious mind is not linear. 

Just make note of what your experience is for now.


How Would You Like to Feel?

2. The hypothalamus is a part of your brain that regulates homeostasis. Through it, you have the ability to maintain inner balance and a calm state of mind. It also governs your sleep cycles and emotional behavior.

Relax and breathe for a minute or two while you allow this Circle to help you balance and nourish your hypothalamus. 


What Would You Like to do Differently?

3. The hippocampus is a different area of your brain that’s involved with memory development, spacial and directional skills. 

Repeat what you just did in the previous step. Relax and breathe while you gaze at this Circle to balance your hippocampus. 

Once you’ve really relaxed with it, check in with a question:

“Is there something I’ve forgotten that’s important?”

Continue with your mind exercise.


What Would Bring You More Ease?

Emotional Stress and the Third Eye4. There’s another part of your brain that taps into the wisdom of your Soul. Some call it your Third Eye Chakra. Through it, the hippocampus and hypothalamus can connect and work together to create coherent thoughts. Intuition and common sense can then blossom and communicate meaningful insights to you.

Keep relaxed and gaze softly at the Circle with each affirmation:

“My mind is connected and balanced.”

“My common sense and intuition are working together.”

“I receive meaningful information about my situation.”

“My mind helps me to reduce stress and integrate joy into my life.”


What Would Help You Tune into Your Heart?

5. They say it’s helpful to think with our heads and our hearts. Take a few moments to pay attention to the center of your chest to make that connection. Breath into the Circle and let the energy of your heart connect and expand.


What Would Be Helpful and What would Be Harmful?

6. It’s possible that you’re dehydrated or not getting the right nutrition. While you gently focus on this Circle, ask yourself:

“Is there something I could eat or drink that would help me?”

“Is there something I’m eating or drinking too much of?”


What Is My heart Saying?

7. It could be that things are just moving too fast and your mind is trying to keep up. Take a moment to slow down and tune into your heart. Ask yourself:

“What is my heart telling me?”

“Am I worried about something (physical, financial, family issue, etc)?”

“Is there anything I can do that could actually help the situation?”

“What have I been doing? Has that helped? What do I feel?”


What Can You Actually Do?

8. Use this Circle to focus in on specific actions you can take that would help you now. What would be genuinely helpful in this situation?

Is there something you can do that would be genuinely helpful to others?


What would Life Be Like Without This Emotional Stress?

9. Sometimes you can just let excess thoughts go like a bunch of balloons you’re holding onto. See if you can imagine letting them go. Watch them disappear into a bright afternoon Sun.

Just keep letting them go and letting yourself relax under the afternoon Sun. Take all the time you like. It’s okay to rest.


How Will Life Be Better Without This Emotional Stress?

10. Your physical body is the foundation for your vitality and your instinct to take care of yourself. Clearing energy, especially in your lower body, will give you strength and support to make necessary changes. Feel your lower body and ask yourself:

“What would I like to change?”


How Can You Ground?

11. Put both feet on the floor to help you ground. Take whatever time you need.

Once you’re centered and grounded, ask yourself:

“Do I have the connections and resources I need to resolve this stress?”

“What would be involved? Is anything missing?”

There’s always more than one way to do things, what new way comes to mind in this case?


12. Rest with this symbol until your mind feels open and clear.

Once you feel calm and ready to move on, go back to Step 3 to review the question: Is there something you’ve forgotten that’s important?



Specialized Energy Clearing with the Author of Soul Oriented Solutions

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Rheanni Lightwater, Reiki Master Teacher

If you feel that Emotional Stress that Affects Memory has helped, but hasn’t addressed all of your needs, Rheanni Lightwater, BFA, CHT, CKP has 25+ years experience in the art and science of mind body healing. Contact her for a private session if you still feel confused or overwhelmed.

Ms. Lightwater’s mission is to assist people in creating healthy balance and harmony in their lives through energy medicine, hypnotherapy and feng shui clearing. Sessions are available online or when you visit Santa Fe. Contact her at 505-271-4612 MST or email:

Emotional Stress should not be considered as an exclusive method of treatment. The appropriate medical or psychotherapeutic authorities should be consulted for the diagnosis and treatment if there is any medical or psychological condition. The information and practices described on this website are best considered as an adjunct to orthodox medical or psychological treatments.