10 Ways to Boost Your Memory
Everyone forgets things from time-to-time, in particular when people are getting older. Fear not, however, as there are a few tips and tricks that can help you. Here we look at the 10 simple ways to boost your memory and countdown to number 1.
10 - Laugh
Laughing actually triggers certain parts of the brain that help with learning and creativity so a good chuckle now and then will do you good. A funny book will fulfill your quota for reading as well as bringing a smile to your face but there's nothing wrong with watching a comedy every now and then either. If you manage to absorb information whilst being entertained then you are more likely to remember it due to the positive reinforcement it has. Try and find a fun way to learn new things and it will become easier to remember on its own.
9 - Cut Out Multitasking
Multitasking may help you get more done at once but it also means that you are less likely to commit any singular task or piece of information to memory. It is best to just focus on one thing at a time if you want to remember it later as by splitting your focus you do not commit your full attention to one thing and therefore are less likely to hold what you were doing or reading, in your mind. Do one thing at a time and you will learn how to master those skills which will make it quicker in the long run.
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8 - Get A Good Amount of Sleep
How much sleep a body needs varies depending on age and activity but it is vital to learning and memory. It helps with memory consolidation and memory enhancing activity happens when you are asleep and besides the fact, the brain can not function properly on too little sleep. If you are trying to learn or memorize knwledge whilst your brain is tired it just isn't going to be nearly as effective as when you are fully alert. Studies have suggested a quick jolt of caffeine may help in this area but the results of those who had a good night's rest were still far more impressive.
7 - Learn A New Skill
We touched on this briefly when mentioning exercising the brain but by learning something new, you are introducing your brain to a different neurological pathways to the one it is used to and so it stimulates the neurological system. Keeping engaged helps the brain and reduces the risk of dementia as well. The important thing is to challenge yourself and keep pushing your minds limits. The more you learn, the more your brain is able to retain information or make links between certain facts. This may sound counter-intuitive but its true, new information doesn't force old information out but rather helps you retain it.
6 - Don't Get Stressed
Stress is a part of life and is qute often unavoidable but long term stress can make us emotional and forgetful and has even been linked to killing brain cells. Avoid chronic stress and you will be sharper and more on the ball. That's not to say quit your job or eliminate difficult relationships but try not to worry about the small things and find a way around or through stress inducing situations. Stress can be a catalyst for a great many things but if you are focusing on one particular thing because you are worried or angsty about it, your mind will not let you concentrate on another aspect of life. Try and be stress free in other areas and the stress of trying to remember certain things will evaporate as well.
5 - Use Mnemonic Devices
By organizing information into easier to understand formats, the brain can recognize it far more easily. Acronyms and abbreviations break things down into smaller chunks which the brain can draw up one at a time. A handy hint indeed but there are also other ways of memorizing information for example, think of rooms in your house and walking through each room. Now attribute a certain fact or small info bite to each room. When trying to recall this information, once again picture walking through your house again and the information should occur to you far easier than just random memory recall.
4 - Exercise Your Brain
Your brain is like a muscle and needs to be worked-out in order to grow and maintain strength otherwise it becomes soft and flabby. By reguarly exercising it you can even spur the growth of new connections that will help you improve your memory. Basically, it's a case of 'use it or lose it' and the more you use it the more likely you are to grasp new information. How does one work out the old noggin organ you ask? Well, simple really, challenge it with puzzles, word-play and challenging tasks as well as reading. As long as it's not an easy read that you can breeze through, a good book can do absolute wonders. Try and push yourself by learning something new or developing existing skills but avoid taking the easy route. Try and challenge yourself. Strangely enough, even video-games can be good for this providing they offer the right sort of stimulation. A good puzzler with a decent and engaging storyline is better over a mindless shooter and it is best to be engaged rather than say, watching a film.
3 - Exercise Your Body
Yes, it's not just a brain work-out that you need but also a body one as well. Playing a significant role in stimulating new neuronal connections that help with memory, exercise increases blood flow and oxygen to the brain. By keeping healthy in body you can keep healthy in mind. By staying physically fit you can also help ward of diseases such as diabetes which affect the brain just as much as they do the rest of the body. By maintaing a healthy weight and diet, you become healthier overall meaning there will be less detriment to all muscles and organs in your body, including the brain. By trying to memorize something whilst doing a repetitive task, it also helps ingrain facts and figures in your brain. For example, if jogging at a certain rhythm, try repeating information in your head, in time with the rhythm and this can help it set in there more solidly.
2 - Use of Certain Supplements
There are a few supplements that can help with memory but the most effective seems to be BioGinko or Ginko Biloba which improves overall circulation of blood to the brain, arms and legs and can help wth memory. One tablet a day with a meal is all you need although this may not be for you. The important thing is to know what is good for your body and exercise and other methods are probably best to start out with but if you are really struggling, this naturally occuring supplement is plant based and has been known to help those who are a little forgetful. It is probably best to consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking any supplements but Ginko Biloba is one that is for this purpose.
1 - Healthy Eating
Your body needs certain things to work properly and your brain is no different in needing things like Omega 3 and good fats. A diet of mainly fruti and vegetables will go a long way but make sure it is balanced and works around your lifestyle. Avoid too many sugars and carbohydrates but, as is the same principle with exercising, a healthy diet is imperitative to a healthy body and a healthy mind and so feeding it the right fuel is important. Certain foods are known as brain foods such as oily fish but if you have a well balanced diet this will improve your capabilities. Think of it as though your brain is a car, you need to put in the right gas for it to run smoothly. there's no point putting leaded into a vehicle that takes unleaded so think about what you're putting in. Skipping meals won't help either as your brain will not function at full capacity and people are known to focus far less when they haven't eaten properly. Stay full but on the right things.