Boost Your Memory
Edited by estrella sacragon, Lynn, Eng
Is memory loss eating away at your pride? Do you want to boost your memory?
Having a strong and sharp memory generally depends on the vitality and health of your brain. Whether you are a young student studying for your final exams, a professional interested in how to stay mentally sharp, or an elderly person looking to enhance and preserve your grey matter as you age, there are a lot of things that you can do to improve your mental performance and memory.
How to Boost Memory
- 1Do not skimp on sleep and exercise. Your ability to have a sharp memory increases when you take care of your brain by having a healthy lifestyle. When you exercise your body, you are also exercising your brain. Doing physical exercises can help increase your brain's oxygen level and lessen your risk for disorders that may lead to memory loss, like cardiovascular diseases or diabetes.Advertisement
- 2Workouts. Exercise can also improve the effects of brain chemicals, as well as protect brain cells. Furthermore, you should not deprive yourself from having enough sleep; if you do, your brain cannot operate at its full capacity. Your problem-solving abilities, critical thinking skills and creativity may be compromised. Whether you are working or studying, depriving yourself of enough sleep is tantamount to disaster.Advertisement
- 3Make time for fun and friends. When thinking about ways to improve your memory, do you go for serious activities like solving crossword puzzles or wrestling with the New York Times? Or do you prefer hanging out and enjoying movies with your friends? Intuition should tell you that you need to do the former, which are the more serious ones. However, there have been numerous students that prove that living a life full of fun and friends can provide you with cognitive benefits.
- 4Strong support system. When you have a strong support system and have a meaningful relationship with friends, not only do you get to have good emotional health, but mental health as well. One study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health showed that people with very active social lives have lesser rates of memory decline. There are lots of things you can do to take advantage of your brains and achieve impressive memory-boosting benefits. Try joining a club or volunteering at a local organization and make sure that you see your friends more often.
- 5Keep Stress in Check. One of the worst enemies of the brain is stress. When left unchecked, chronic stress may happen and result in the destruction of brain cells and damages to the hippocampus - the brain's region that is involved in the development of new memories and retrieval of old ones. You can also meditate to lessen stress. Studies show that this can really improve various conditions, like anxiety, chronic pain, depression, high blood pressure and diabetes. This can also improve your concentration, focus, creativity, and reasoning and learning skills.
- 6Eat a brain-boosting diet. Just as your body needs fuel, the same applies to your brain. Get your omega 3s, as they are a good source of omega 3 fatty oil. Fishes such as tuna, salmon, halibut, mackerel, sardines, and trout are good sources of omega 3 fatty acids. If you are not fond of fish though, you can still go for non-fish sources of omega 3s, like ground flaxseed, walnuts, winter squash, pinto beans, broccoli, spinach and soybeans.