7 Foolproof Ways to Improve Your Memory
Memory is the mother of thinking while focus is its father. So, in order to think you need a symphony of both. Your brain’s hippocampus or the memory center is able to grow new cells and it regenerates throughout your entire lifetime even into your 90s provided you give it the right tools and the environment to do so.
What was once believed that cognitive function peaks at adulthood and declines during your golden years doesn’t hold water anymore. Now, it is known that healthy lifestyle coupled with games, exercises and frames of reference result in the growth of new neurons called neurogenesis.
You don’t need any expensive prescription medicine or medical procedures to boost your brain and memory function. Just follow these 7 tips and laugh your way to the memory bank.
The food you eat and don’t eat plays a crucial role in memory. Fresh veggies and healthy fats such as coconut oil is good brain food. Whereas sugar and grain carbs are bad for brain health.
Exercise stimulates brain cells to multiply, strengthen interconnections and protects them from damage. In a yearlong study, people who exercised grew and expanded their brain’s memory center by one or two percent. Exercise flushes brain with rich oxygenated blood and helps you to learn new tasks twice more quickly than those who don’t exercise.
Multitasking is the bane from the digital revolution. Put simply, it is the human attempt to do simultaneously as many things as possible. Eventually it slows you down, makes you error prone and forgetful. Research shows you need eight seconds to commit a piece of information to memory. So, you talk on phone carrying groceries while you put down your car keys it is unlikely that you remember where you left them. The opposite of multitasking is mindfulness which helps you attain undistracted focus. Instead of trying to do five things, focus on the one thing and don’t look back till it is finished. Any distractions that arise are only projections and not reality hence let them pass and don’t stress out.
Good Night’s Sleep
Synaptic connections are strengthened while you slumber. Sleep is known to enhance your memory and help improve your performance at challenging tasks. In fact, one night of sleeping only for 4 – 6 hours can drastically impact your ability to think let alone remember. On the other hand, a midday nap has found to boost and restore thinking clarity as well as memory.
Challenging your brain with new and surprising information will uphold and increase the capacity at which it can function. Ideally, spend at least 20 minutes per day playing brain games with spending no more than five to seven minutes on a single task as research shows the primary benefits occurs in five to six minutes of doing the task.
Engaging in a task that is important and meaningful to you stimulates neurological function. The key is the seriousness of purpose with which you engage in a task. Find an activity that is mentally stimulating to you which gives you greatest satisfaction.
These are memory tools to help you remember word, information or concepts. They help you to organize information in a manner that is easier for you to retrieve. Acronyms such as PUG for “pick up grapes”, visualizations: imagining a tooth for a dentist appointment, rhymes: need to remember a name “Shirley’s hair is curly” and chunking: breaking up information into manageable chunks.
There you have it; you simply must follow these tips to improve your memory