Enhance Your Memory | Mental Fitness | Brain Health

Take 10 Simple Steps to Enhance Your Memory

It’s never too late to get started.

Think you don’t need it! Think again. The earlier you start to take brain health serious, and start taking steps to enhance your memory, the better you’re of as you get older. And, I have to say it again, “It’s never too late to get started.”

There are many components of a good memory. The health of your brain is among the most important. It’s natural for memory to decline with age, but there are many ways to slow that decline. A poor memory can be frustrating for everyone involved. However, there are simple steps you can take to enhance your memory at any age.

Enhance your memory with these simple steps:

1. Change your diet.

Research suggests that omega-3 fatty acids and an anti-inflammatory diet can enhance memory. Because your diet affects all aspects of your body, alter your diet and you alter your ability to store and retrieve memories. There are several versions of anti-inflammatory diets. Experiment and see which works best for you.

2. Manage stress.

Stress is hard on your body, brain, and memory. But, did you know, stress has been linked to decreases in memory. Set reasonable expectations for your life and learn how to relax and avoid stress. Moreover, ensure that you’re getting enough leisure time.

3. Get enough sleep.

Scientists are still confused about what happens while we sleep, but it has been established that our brains don’t work as well when we’ve been deprived of sleep. One late night on the town will prove this fact to anyone. Therefore, get enough sleep and your memory will be enhanced.

  • Stick to a regular sleep schedule
  • Avoid caffeine
  • Try taking a nap for a middle of the day pick-me-up

4. Use repetition.

It’s much more effective to expose yourself to something repeatedly than to attempt to learn it in one sitting. If you’re trying to learn French vocabulary words, six 5-minute sessions will be more beneficial than one 30-minute session. The popular flash card program, Anki, uses spaced repetition to aid memory.

5. Keep your mind active.

Do something each day that requires a lot of brain activity. Reading, crossword puzzles, chess, and various brain teasers are effective at keeping your mind active and sharp. Avoid relying on just a single activity. Mix it up and hit your brain from every angle.

6. Be creative.

Creativity uses different parts of the brain than the more analytical functions we typically perform. Paint, draw, learn an instrument, or write. But, don’t stop there. Anything requiring creativity can be useful.

7. Stay Active

Moving blood through your body and brain can boost memory. Obesity can lead to blood sugar and circulatory issues and, both can impair memory. You don’t have to pretend you’re training for the Olympics, but get your heart pumping for a few minutes each day.

8. Write it down.

It’s easier to remember something if you write it down, instead of just hearing or reading it. Therefore, keep pen and paper, or a little notebook, handy to write things down.

9. Say it aloud.

Use all of your senses. Say it so that you can hear it. If you write it, read it aloud, and imagine it, it will be much easier to remember. Expose yourself to the information you wish to remember in a variety of ways.

10. Maintain healthy relationships.

Some memory experts believe that relationships are the key to keeping your brain healthy and active. It has been discovered that those with the busiest social lives have the slowest declines in memory.

  • Spend more time with family and friends
  • Make some new friends or join a club
  • Volunteer

Even if you believe you’re are plagued with a poor memory, it can be enhanced. Minimizing stress, challenging your brain on a regular basis, and getting sufficient sleep are a few of the steps that can be taken to improve memory function. It’s never too late to pay attention to your memory.

Engage Your Brain” Quiz

Knowledge is power!

Because there are many myths floating around on the internet about what supports good brain health,it is our responsibility to separate fact from fiction.

Moreover, some source not only make false statements, as well as promises, they also often sell you products that don’t work.

So, let’s get started.

Take a piece of paper and write down the numbers 1 through 9 in a list format. Next, read each statement (1-9) and write down fact or fiction next to the corresponding number for each statement i.e., 1-Fact etc.

When you’re done, check your answers. They are listed at the bottom of the infographic. Continued below infographic.

How did you do?

Now, read the answers and find out why some are “fiction.” Click the red dot, with the plus sign, to read the answers.

Answer #1

fact!

A heart-healthy diet full of fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts, skinless chicken, fish and low-fat dairy products could be good for your brain, too.

Answer #4

fiction!

It’s always a good idea to challenge your brain. However, scientists can’t prove that a specific activity like Sudoku will prevent a specific disease.

Answer #7

fiction!

Physical activities are activities that get your body moving, like walking the dog. Exercise is a type of physical activity that is planned and repetitive, like water aerobics.

Answer #2

fiction!

Planning out your shopping list before going to the grocery store can help you buy only the foods you need and make healthy eating more manageable.

Answer #5

fact!

A person’s creativity, wisdom and personality can remain constant their entire lives. In fact, it’s said that we actually become wiser with age.

Answer #8

fact!

Yearly, two million older Americans have fall-related injuries, which can cause serious health issues. Balance exercises may help prevent falls.

Answer #3

fact!

Your sense of taste and smell can change in your later years. If you’re no longer enjoying your favorite meals anymore, try adding new spices.

Answer #6

fact!

Recent studies show that participating in a creative art as you age may help improve your memory, comprehension, creativity and problem-solving abilities.

Answer #9

fiction!

It doesn’t matter how long it’s been since you exercised. Start with an activity that doesn’t strain your body. And consult with your doctor.

Infographic by FourPillarsofHealth.club
Featured Image by FourPillarsofHealth.club

Sources:
https://brainhealth.nia.nih.gov/

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