Tips for Improving Your Memory
bit forgetful is a frequent consequence of aging,
but it isn't entirely unavoidable.
Misplacing car keys and mobile phones happens to
everyone at one time or another. Then you find
yourself struggling to remember where you parked
your car or what you ate for breakfast. If your
memory needs a little sharpening, try these tips.
Crossword puzzles, word search puzzles, Sudoku, etc,
require cognitive effort, which does help improve
memory. Studies have shown that by training your
memory with these kinds of brain games or by
learning new activities, you can improve your
cognitive abilities, even accounting for the natural
decline in mental performance over time.
You've heard of the term 'brain-food' right? It's
not limited to just foods rich in omega-3 fatty
acids, as a healthy diet packed with fruits,
vegetables and whole grains is good for the brain,
Remember to also keep yourself hydrated by drinking
plenty of fluids: dehydration can often lead to
mental confusion and forgetfulness.
Try a supplement
A favourite in traditional complementary medicine,
ginkgo biloba has been long associated with
improving memory function. However, clinical
findings haven't really been able to prove the
effectiveness of this herb. Smaller studies have
testified to ginkgo's memory enhancement properties,
but larger-scale studies have not been so promising.
Still, it wouldn't hurt to try it and see if you
notice any difference.
Physical activity promotes good circulation within
the body, and that includes the brain. Keep active
by scheduling at least 30 minutes of moderate
aerobic activity every day. You can also include
short bursts of exercise throughout the day by
taking the stairs instead of the lift, and
performing spot exercises at your desk in the
Sometimes we don't really pay attention to the tasks
we are performing. By focusing on each piece of
information, you'll be more likely to retain it.
Another trick is to bring up the memory quickly and
frequently. For example, when you've just learned
something, practise or revise it sooner rather than
later. This can help you better store the
information in your memory.