Do you find it difficult to juggle personal and professional responsibilities?
Do you have to log into your computer in the middle of dinner because you forgot to answer an important email?
Or, do you have to make constant to do lists to stay on top of your obligations?
As we age, our ability to remember everything may decline, but there are ways to boost memory.
A process called neuroplasticity describes how, “with the right stimulation, your brain can form new neural pathways, alter existing connections, and adapt and react in ever-changing ways,” explains Helpguide.org. Follow these tips to boost your memory!
If we don’t exercise, we lose the existing muscles we have; and the same concept applies to the brain.
Aging naturally deteriorates our memory, and unless we challenge ourselves, we will not be able to reverse this degeneration.
To create new brain pathways and improve memory, play brain exercises to stimulate your mind.
Search for “brain games” online; websites such as Lumosity.com, Mindgames.com and BBC’s Brain Smart offer fun games you can play from home or work.
If you want to take a break from the Internet and unplug, consider purchasing memory game books that you can utilise in your downtime. Great options are Brain Games: Brain Teasers, Logic Tests, and Puzzles to Exercise Your Mind, Brain-Sharpening Memory Puzzles and Brain Training And Brain Games for Memory Improvement: Concentration and Memory Improvement Strategies with Mind Mapping.
Aerobic exercise has been found to help improve memory, according to research.
“By bolstering your cardiovascular fitness and blood circulation, exercise nourishes your brain with the nutrients and oxygen it needs to perform optimally,” explains Dr. Karen Li, head of Concordia University’s laboratory for adult development and cognitive aging.
Our diet plays a central role in how well our brain works; we need to eat certain things and stay away from others for our memory.
Healthy fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids and coconut oil, help our brain to function better.
Fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts that contain antioxidants and other vitamins help our brains produce new cells and work better.
Stay away from unhealthy fats, such as fried foods and sugars, which slow your mental abilities.
Most people need about seven and a half to nine hours of interrupted sleep to function at the best levels.
While we sleep, our brain consolidates our memories; so skip caffeine and turn off the TV a few hours before bed to improve your sleep.
Head of Training and Development
Updated on: 23 September, 2016
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