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15 Tricks to Improve Your Memory
Suffering from Memory Loss?
Have you reached a point where you feel as though your memory capability is on a downward spiral? If of late you are finding it hard to remember things in the short-term, it is time you considered giving your memory a boost. In the past, people believed that once your memory started slipping, things could only get worse. This cannot be further from the truth. Your brain can grow and change in the positive direction, and you can influence how it does this with these simple tested and tried tricks.
- Boost your memory with brain workouts- in the same way that your body benefits from good physical exercise; your brain can also improve its condition through mental activities. They include solving puzzles and code words, solving complex mathematical calculations, or solving riddles, among others. Benefits of brain exercise include quicker reaction time, improved memory and moods, better vision, and increased productivity, motivation, and focus.
- Learn a new language- you do not have to learn all there is to learn about the new language; even minimal knowledge of a second language go a long way in boosting your mental abilities. Children who learn second and additional languages at a tender age tend to have a better working memory in old age. Adults who are familiar with and speak more than one language have better memorization skills.
- Keep your brain hydrated- water is good for the whole of your body. It promotes the growth of new cells in the brain, which help boost your memory. Just like your body becomes dehydrated and loses its energy, so do the brain cells become weak when they lack water.
- Listen to music regularly- it is said that music is medicine to the soul, but do you know that it also has healing and soothing effects on your brain? It is one of the activities that stimulate both sides of the brain at the same time. Listening to music increases your memory, attention, and focus levels and also improves your physical coordination.
- Meditation- if you get into the habit of regular meditation, you will soon realize that your memory will improve, your stress levels will go down, your mood will become enhanced, and you will have improved performance at work or school. Mediation does not have to be hours long; two or three minutes on a regular basis is good enough.
- Physical exercise- jogging, aerobics, skipping, running and weight-lifting are all exercises that aim at keeping the body fit, but did you know that they also impact on the condition of your brain? Physical exercise is among the most important things that you can do to keep your mind healthy and in good shape. Regular exercises increase the number of cells in the brain.
- Ensure that you get sufficient sleep each night-sleep deprivation is among the leading causes of memory lapse. You cannot afford to gamble with the quality and amount of sleep you get daily. As you sleep, your brain repairs itself by washing out toxic debris and consolidating memories.
- Spend time with friends and family- in as much as this is a recommended tip to help improve your memory, ensure that the people you spend time with are not toxic and they do not stress you or suck the energy out of you as this deteriorates your brain cells. Spend time with people with whom you can laugh, share ideas and challenge each other to grow.
- Avoid over-the-counter drugs- most of them are responsible for causing memory loss in most users. Prescription sleeping pills and cholesterol-lowering drugs are the most dangerous. Anticholinergic drugs, antihistamines, pain relievers, and acid reflux drugs also significantly increase the risk for memory loss.
- Stop smoking- smoking is one habit that slowly degrades and kills the brain cells by releasing millions of free radicals. Smoking more than twenty sticks per day increases the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia by 150 and 170 percent respectively. However, it is surprising to note that nicotine ingested on its own is a memory enhancer. Studies show that a nicotine transdermal patch can improve attention, memory, and mental processing.
- Check your weight- studies show that there is a relationship between obesity and memory loss. People with a lot of weight tend to have brain tissue that appears older than their actual age compared to people with a healthy weight. They also have less brain tissue hence fewer brain cells, implying a brain shrinkage. Strive to maintain the recommended weight for your age and height.
- Use the mind place- this is a technique that calls for the power of visualization in your brain. For example, when you go shopping and in case you do not have a shopping list, visualize your home to remember what you need to buy. In the eyes of your mind, walk through your house to identify what is needed for the various rooms in the house.
- Get into the habit of writing down reminders – several kinds of reminders can help your memory operate at optimal levels. Checklists and notes are some of the reminders that you can make use of to help you remember what you need to do. You can also use visual cues to remind you what you need to do, for example placing some water on the table reminds you that you need to take eight glasses of water per day.
- Eat right- many diets can help improve your memory, one of them being Mediterranean diet, which is well known on the planet. It is known to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, boost attention, and reduce the rate at which the brain cells age. The Mediterranean diet recommends a lot of physical exercises, water, fruits, fish and seafood, and less meat, carbohydrates, and sweets. However, you can choose a diet that emphasizes memory depending on instructions given to you by your healthcare provider.
- Keep alcohol at bay, and if you must, take moderate amounts. Drinking alcohol in moderation will protect your memory from damage later on in life. Regular consumption of alcohol wears out the brain cells and tamers with the memory capabilities.
These tips, if well implemented, will go a long way in sharpening your memory, helping you navigate through life smoothly.
© 2018 Ann