“They say memory is the third thing to go as you age, but if you don’t remember the first two, then you may have a problem.”
At times, everyone has problems remembering things. Even some of the great minds like Thomas Edison and Winston Churchill had memory lapses. In short, there’s really no such thing as bad memory. The problem lies in the fact that many people use their memory abilities very poorly, and this results to them thinking they have “poor” memory. The good news is building a strong memory is like building strong muscles. All it needs is proper technique and practice. So if you feel that you have a memory problem, don’t be overly concerned, but apply these proven methods and tips to enhance your mental powers.
Be Physically Active
This may sound cliché already, but physical activity is actually one of the most natural ways to improve your memory. When the brain receives adequate amount of blood flow, oxygen, and nutrients, a person is less likely to have concentration problems. Several studies have also proven that aerobic exercise can improve mental capabilities. Some researchers have even found that memories are stored better after a good exercise. A lot of studies still need to be done in order for us to fully understand the connection between exercise and brain health. But for now, we can just exercise and enjoy whatever benefit it has for our memory.
Cultivate Stimulating Interests
Learning new things regularly won’t protect you from Alzheimer’s and other similar conditions, but it sure can sharpen your mind. Memory of new events or places can be retained better when there is a rich bed of information to which it can be anchored. It’s not surprising that people who are intensely involved in life retain their intellectual capabilities better than mental couch potatoes. It’s also interesting to know that people who have good memories are always mentally active. Having said that, expect your mental capabilities to decrease if your most challenging past time is watching TV. The moment you stop solving real problems is the moment you will reach the point of not being able to solve problems at all.
Stress is your memory’s greatest enemy, and if there’s one thing that can cause much stress in your life, it’s worrying. Now, worrying is not bad per se and can even be healthy in moderate levels. But if you find yourself worrying all the time, you can open yourself up to a number of mental health problems. Be happy instead, and learn to adapt and roll with life’s problems. Learn to face problems with tranquility, because when you engage life with a relaxed attitude, doors will simply open for you. Moreover, relaxing has been found to help the recall of memories. So if you’re faced by stressful situation, don’t let worrying be your first response as it will affect your judgment. Learn to relax, instead, and you will find yourself having an easier time remembering things and coming up with more creative ways to solve your problem.
Finally, learn how to lighten up the load on your memory and free it for more important tasks by learning how to organize things. Memory experts have proven that organization is very important for memory. Set up daily routines like always putting your keys in the same place in your bag. The more orderly you are about life, the better you will be able to recall and remember things.
Don’t let this stop you from doing what you’re doing, and don’t worry about memory less. Instead, rest assured that with effort and practice, you will be able to keep your memory proficient.