Sep 20, 2023 | General Interest

Tips to improve your memory

Tips to Improve Your Memory

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We have all been there. The moment someone asks you something, and you can’t remember specifics like a name or place. Or, you have put your keys somewhere, and can’t remember where that was! While it is normal to have these moments, there are ways in which you can strengthen your brain, to help you recall information more readily. So, today, let’s chat about some tips to help improve your memory. 

Move your body 

There are many health benefits from participating in regular physical exercise, and that goes for your brain as well. To help keep your memory sharp, incorporate activities like walking, jogging, yoga, swimming, or biking into your routine. Exercise improves blood flow in your brain, helps form new brain cells, and lowers inflammation, so moving your body may resolve your forgetfulness. 

Prioritize sleep 

Sleep plays a significant role in the health of your mind. Therefore, getting enough rest at night is crucial to help stay focused and alert during the waking hours. Since sleep deprivation, or not catching enough zzz’s, can have a negative impact on your ability to remember things or concentrate, prioritizing rest is incredibly beneficial for your memory.  

Be mindful 

It is no surprise that stress and worry can make it challenging to remember important information, which can make people absentminded or forgetful. A technique to remember in times when you need to calm your nerves or anxiety, or ground yourself, is to practice mindful meditation. This helps relax both your mind and body, which can help you focus and remember things more effectively.  

Research explained by Psychology Today showed that “increased hippocampal growth in the context of improved working memory. In other words, mindfulness was associated with both enhanced brain structure and brain function.” 

To find out more about meditation, we have a helpful blog post you should check out! 

Eat healthy 

Eating regularly, to ensure you are getting all your needed nutrients, will help feed your brain with what it needs most to operate at its full potential. A well-balanced diet with plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and protein can help prevent inflammation, which can cause memory loss. Research has shown that your brain’s ability to maximize memory could be linked to what you put into your body. 

As well, you might want to rethink the amount of sugar you consume. Eating too much added sugar can impact your thinking, ability to remember, as well as your short-term memory. According to Healthline, “research has shown that a sugar-laden diet can lead to poor recall and reduced brain volume, particularly in the area of the brain that stores short-term memory.” 

Test yourself 

Google has made it increasingly easy to find information all at the click of a button. In relying on technology, our brains don’t need to recall information as often. Be sure to review and absorb new information regularly so that your brain stays strong and healthy. Some things to try to help can include the following: recall facts without looking them up, consider a trivia night with friends, or even watch Jeopardy to keep your mind sharp. 

The brain is an amazing organ, and one that we should care for just as we do the rest of our body. While the odd forgetful moment is normal, if you are experiencing memory loss that seems out of the ordinary, we recommend you seek professional medical help as a precautionary measure.  

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