Some Much Needed Help for Poor Memory

StudyingOur memories are a crucial part of our every day life and our jobs. We are going to bet that if your memory is poor, then your job performance is sometimes poor too. When it comes to restoring and strengthening our memories though, every person’s memory is different. While some may have better memory than others, we all have fallible memories from time to time. These healthy lifestyle tips will help you keep your memory sharp and long standing.

Regular Exercise

The role that regular physical activity has on the brain is quite complicated. In the most simplest explanations, studies have shown that exercise can increase blood flow to the brain and reverse shrinkage of the hippocampus, which is responsible for memory. Which exercise is best? New research suggests that different exercises benefit the brain in different ways. Both resistance type training and aerobic type training stimulate the brain in a different way, so it is best to include both to your workout routine.

Enough Sleep

It might be possible that individuals are experiencing more issues with their memory and brain fog because not enough emphasis is put on sleep. We live in an extremely wired world, which over stimulates our brains. Go wireless an hour or two before bedtime (meaning no computers, TV, or phones) and aim to get 7-9 hours of quiet, undisturbed slumber. It is thought that different stages of sleep form different types of memory. For example, facts and knowledge are formed through a deep sleep, which is why surviving on cat naps is not ideal.

Use Memory Enhancing Tricks

Getting enough rest, healthy food, and exercise is the first step to improving your memory. The next step is to use memory-aiding tricks to your advantage. Here are a few to try:

  • Use mnemonic rhymes. For example, most students remember the colors of the rainbow through Roy G. BIV (Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet). Use this tool to remember important steps in your job or other facts.

  • Pair images or gestures to new information. It may look silly but pair gestures to important information you have to remember. You can also visualize bizarre images to help you keep your memory sharp. For example, if you just met a Nancy with a larger than normal nose, visualize in your head her face and her nose getting larger. Visualize her nose saying Nancy on it. This can help you remember someone’s name, just don’t tell them how you remembered it!

  • Sniff perfume or a new scent. To remember something important, trying smelling a perfume or candle while reading the information out loud. Next time you need to recall the facts, just smell the same scent. Memory and scent are linked together. It is why many people will think of their grandmas when they smell fresh backed oatmeal cookies.

In the end, your memory is an important asset. However, with our digital world, many people find that their memories are getting worse. Don’t let your memory slide. Keep up a healthy lifestyle and keep challenging your brain to remember facts and important details. 


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