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Tips for dealing with memory and thinking problems

If you experience cognitive difficulties, strategies and tools to compensate are not just useful, they may be essential to keep up your lifestyle, relationships, and self-esteem.

Many people can identify the areas that are causing problems and work out ways to deal with them.

Tips and exercises for memory and thinking

We worked with physiotherapist Ruth to create some simple tips and exercises to help you with your memory and thinking. Introducing just a few small changes to your daily routine can make a big difference.

Watch our film to find out how these simple coping strategies help Tom, who's living with relapsing MS, and how they can help you, too. There is an audio described version of this video.

Our tips

  • I forget things easily
  • I have trouble keeping track of what I'm supposed to do during the day
  • I sometimes forget to take my medication
  • I find it hard to remember what I need to buy at the supermarket
  • I can get lost easily, even when I'm going somewhere I've been before
  • I put things down and forget where I’ve put them
  • I find it hard to keep track of what everyone in my family is doing, and where they are
  • I'm easily distracted, and sometimes forget what I'm doing in the middle of doing it
  • I can’t always find the words I want to say – it’s like they’re on the tip of my tongue
  • I find it really difficult to concentrate sometimes
  • Following a conversation can be hard for me
  • I find it hard to think when I'm put 'on the spot'
  • When I get too hot, my thinking gets muddled

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