WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR MEMORY
Added on: 3rd Mar 2015
Stress is not only harmful to your body but also your brain.
Prolonged stress can affect an important part of your brain called
the hippocampus, which is responsible for generating new memories
and recalling old ones. Go for a walk, take a breather, and keep
yourself away from stressful situations.
BE A TEACHER
They say that only when you can teach something do you really know it.
Of course, not all of us have the time to teach in a formal school but
how about friends and family? Learn, teach, learn, repeat.
BUILD A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP
Research has showed that a healthy meaningful relationship and strong
support system are not only good for emotional health but for the
health of your brain as well. Humans are naturally sociable and the
saying ‘no man is an island’ holds true. Start socializing by volunteering
for community services, joining a club, and by making it a point to see
friends or call them over the phone once in a while.
Even pets would be a good idea.
EAT THE RIGHT FOOD
Your brain needs fuel like your body, so make sure to eat the
right kind such as those rich in omega-3 fatty acids, choline and
vitamin D. You can also splurge on foods rich in complex
carbohydrates for mental energy. You can get your omega-3 in
cold water fish like salmon, sardines, herring, tuna, etc. and from
walnuts, flaxseed, soybeans and pumpkin seeds. Limit your
calories and saturated fat intake, but instead eat more fresh fruits
and vegetables, and avoid red meat and other processed foods.
EXERCISE YOUR BRAIN
Aside from keeping your body fit, you will also need to engage in
some brain fitness like playing chess, Sudoku, Mahjong, or
card games. Use it or lose it.
FIND YOUR INNER TALENTS
Let your creative juices flow by learning something new.
If you do not know how to draw, write, sing, or take photographs,
it is not too late. By trying out new skills, you are letting your
subconscious express itself, creating new connections in your brain
and possibly building a social network.
FOCUS ON THE BASICS
You don’t have to learn the details of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity,
but making your brain hurt every once in while is good for it,
even if it is just learning how to update your computer.
GET ENOUGH REST
In today’s busy world, sleeping for 6 to 8 hours a day may seem like
a dream. Sleep deprivation, however, is bad for your mental health
and can lead to memory loss. At least take a nap!
GIVE YOURSELF TIME TO FORM A MEMORY
Memories are very fragile and they can be easily lost by simple
distractions. It is therefore important to focus on the thing that you need
to memorize for a while without thinking about other things.
Stay away from distractions and complicated tasks.
Maybe studying in the library wouldn’t be a bad idea.