Would you like to have a better memory? Here are seven steps that may help:
- Stop Proclaiming your Forgetfulness
How you view yourself matters. If you’ve been noticing for some time that you tend to forget things — repeatedly telling yourself, (or others) that you are “so forgetful,” will not solve the problem. In fact, it will most likely make things even worse. This does not mean that you should ignore clear signs that may indicate a need for medical attention. However, as someone has once said, spend only 30% of your time identifying the problem, and 70% of your time focusing on the solution.
- Focus on Fewer Tasks
Many people pride themselves on their ability to handle several tasks at one time. Research, however, suggests that the brain cannot actually multi-task and that what it is really doing is something called “context switching.” When the brain is forced to jump from task to task, it can result in not only cognitive impairment, including problems with memory, but also lead to less overall productivity. Focusing on one task until it’s completed appears to the best option for your brain health and for getting things done more efficiently.
- Drink Plenty of Water
The brain is about 75% water, so even slight dehydration can lead to a negative impact on brain function. Dehydration can result in changes in memory and attention. So be sure to stay adequately hydrated with water.
- Choose Good Nutrition
Just as poor food choices can negatively impact the body, so also, good food choices can support a healthy body, including the brain. If the brain is supported with healthy nutrition this will have a positive impact on cognitive function, including memory. Why not choose to feed your brain (and your mind) with whole food, plant-based nutrition that is rich in minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants.
- Get Outdoor Exercise
Not only does the brain need proper nutrition and adequate water to function effectively, but it also needs good blood flow and plenty of oxygen. Exercise promotes increased circulation of blood and oxygen to the brain. Studies have shown that exercise leads to better memory and learning. It has also been observed that people who exercise regularly are less susceptible to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Exercising outside allows you to get fresh air, and sunlight, which also positively impacts the brain.
- Exercise your Mind
Studies have shown that staying mentally stimulated can slow the progress of (or possibly even prevent) Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Having a regular program of reading, memorization, and study of new things strengthens the brain and helps you to maintain higher cognitive function.
- Get Adequate Sleep
It is very common these days to go to bed late. But this is detrimental to not only mental functioning but to physical health as well. Your body and brain will not function properly without adequate rest. Research shows that proper amounts of sleep can help your brain stay sharper and boosts your ability to recall. It has been observed that getting to bed at least a couple of hours before midnight is prime time for improved mental and physical functioning. Try it. Sweet dreams.
Why not adopt these seven memory-enhancing strategies today, and begin to enjoy the possibility of a sharper mind, including greater recall.
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