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Simple Effective Tips To Boost Your Memory

Updated on June 16, 2015

Forgetting things is often very common

These simple effective tips may help you to keep your memory a little bit more dexterous. This is by no means a cure for memory loss or Alzheimer's disease. "A little memory loss is perfectly normal once you hit middle age", says Martha Weinman Lear, author of the forthcoming book "

Where Did I Leave My Glasses? The What, When, and Why of Normal Memory Loss".

Here are some memory boosting exercises you can do to keep your memory in tip top shape.

  • You Can Do A Little Cheating - Keep lists, reminders, little post-it's to remind you what you need to remember. Leave messages to yourself on your cell phone calendar. Scribble down notes on your fridge, on your computer, in your car, on your desk, on your coffee table, and on your bathroom mirror. Place them where you will see them to remind you of something you think you might forget.
  • Play Mind Games With Yourself - This could include crossword puzzles, word searches, or any kind of puzzles you have to solve. This will keep your mind strong and working toward solving a problem. Try to remember simple things like the capitols of the states, colors of the rainbow, the Great Lakes, the planets, recipes and counting back wards are a few simple examples to remembering simple everyday things.
  • Rest-A Good Night's Sleep - A satisfying night's sleep is extremely important, especially if you have a test and/or need to remember something with significant details. It is said that sleep improves your memory up to 30 percent after doing an activity such as a language lesson. So getting up to 8 hours of sleep is essential for getting that desired A. And who doesn't want to get an A?
  • Watch Your Heart - Eating a healthy diet, with the proper amount of fiber, foods rich in antioxidants such as blueberries, berries, broccoli, tomatoes, red grapes, garlic, spinach, tea, carrots, soy, and whole grains will help keep you on the right track.
  • Regular Exercise Is Vital - Regular exercise keeps you fit and your mind alert. Any aerobic workout or an intensive strength-training program is good for you, as long as you are healthy enough for it. Both get oxygen flowing to the brain, releasing the endorphins that make you feel good. It is also recommended that walking for 30 minutes at least three times a week is good for you, it is best to get your doctor's approval before starting any exercise program.
  • Pictures Are Where It's At - Looking at pictures you have taken over the years gives you a jolt of memory space. Going down memory lane. Remembering when the photo was taken, what you were doing, who took the photo, how you felt at the time it was taken. This helps keep your mind vivid, boosting memories you may have forgotten.
  • Calenders Are Super Easy To Keep - Keep a calendar on hand to keep track of all your important dates. Check the calendar at the same time every day so it becomes a habit. When you buy a new calendar, transfer all important information from the old calendar to the new one. Repeat these things to yourself to remember them by exercising your mind.
  • Cork Board Can Be Fun - Keep a cork board in the busiest part of your home. Use this to keep appointments, pictures, drawings, art, certificates, awards, phone numbers or anything that interests you. Keeping track of your favorite things on the cork board is a sure fire way to keep things familiar on your mind.

These are only suggestions to keep your mind alert, not a guide or cure for prevention of Alzheimer's or dementia. They are not to be taken as a cure, but as simple, fun suggestions to give your memory a boost. And keep your mind active.


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      Boo McCourt 5 years ago from Washington MI

      Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment, appreciate it.

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      Chris Achilleos 5 years ago

      very informative hub crazybeanrider, voted up!

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      Chance 6 years ago

      I'm 13 and I can hardly remember anything. The picture thing really helps put not much of others if I do sticky notes I lose them and forget where I put them I need help

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      Boo McCourt 6 years ago from Washington MI

      Please explain how post-its and lists are HARMFUL?

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      eBOLT 6 years ago

      don't suggest the "crutch" of post-it notes and lists... the way to truly improve your memory is to do away with lists altogether and FORCE your brain to be stronger. Please don't offer suggestions to people that are actually harmful!!!!

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      Boo McCourt 7 years ago from Washington MI

      Thank you Mih36, I often think my mind has taken a vacation. I do crossword puzzles everyday. And the above mentioned as well. Thank you for the comment, it is appreciated.

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      Mih36 7 years ago from New York

      I really need this cause my memory is slowly going away heh. Great article

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      Boo McCourt 7 years ago from Washington MI

      Yes samantha I am joking, have we met? Because my friends are usually a little nicer. And what the hell crawled up your butt anyway? Do me a favor and write your own hub, and never mind I forgot what I was going to say.

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      samantha 7 years ago

      are you all JOKING??!!

      these memory boosters are totally

      crap! they suck balls and huge ones my


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      David P. Morrow 9 years ago

      Nice collection of memory boosting tips!

      I like cork boards - for memory and for motivation and goal achievement.

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      dianado 9 years ago

      Great Hub and suggestions - I find that sleep has been key for me!

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      trish1048 9 years ago


      Great ideas!! I often find myself going into a room and forgetting why I'm there LOL,,,,,so I walk back to where I was, repeat the process and like magic 'remember' what I wanted to do.

      These are good tips and I'll have fun trying them out.

      Thanks for sharing,