What else can YOU do to improve your memory?

Give your Brain some food for thought and act upon!

It’s true that we can make a list of “To Do” things every morning as we start our day, without any effort – but what about those small but significant events, which you would love to recall and narrate, but simply are unable to do so. Like the ridiculous waiter you met at the restaurant, that funny little incident at office and similar such incidents.
How nice it would be, you think, if only I could remember the name of the restaurant or name of that new guy at work, I could have shared this small piece of joy with a good friend.
Think of this. How many times did you had to say “a very funny thing happened at the mall today but somehow I just can’t recall the incident“. Does this sound familiar? If it does then its the right time to start getting active and prepare some food for the brain.

The chief functions of memory are to stack, retain and recall information. Thanks to our memory, we need not learn everyday, what we already know. Memory helps to prevent “unlearning”.

The benefits of a good memory are many. One of them is your ability to organize your thoughts, to prioritize them for necessary action and retain a clear head without any muddled thoughts. You optimize your time, your efficiency increases in work and you experience a better quality of life.

With advancing age, the neuron, or the brain cells lose their competence to replenish and revive the supplies of new cells. This in turn has a direct impact on memory and its functioning. You can prevent this from happening by adopting a healthy physical and psychological lifestyle.
Being involved in games and pursuits like chess, martial arts and dancing provide the requisite stimuli to the brain and improves overall body and mind coordination.
Situations which affect memory capacity negatively are accidents, quality of lifestyle, childhood upbringing, invasive surgery, heredity factors, your environment, etc. Disorders that result in memory loss are called dementia. There are several types of dementia.
The commonest form of dementia which is widely present among the aged is Alzheimer’s disease. Till date the disease remains untreatable. It is manifested by a slow but gradual memory loss coupled with other signs like loss of attention span, difficulty in learning, understanding, talking and decrease of problem solving abilities. 

Feeding the brain is simple and easy. Just count one, two and three …

  • One:      

Give your brain some good food. Well, literally. Eat plenty of foods that keep your brains sharp and clear, like fruits and vegetables. Foods like blueberries, strawberries and spinach (think of Popeye!) have amazing abilities to encourage improved brain functioning. They not only protect the brain through their inherent antioxidant properties, but also help prevent blood clots, which can impair brain function significantly. Blood clots hinder the neuron response to stimuli – this means your memory slows down. Foods that are rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C, folic acid, iron, zinc and B12 are excellent resources that help keep brain in good health.

  • Two:    

Take your brain to the mental gym every now and then. Try to recall the grocery list, lyrics of some old songs or even recounting multiplication tables aloud. Simple exercises like these keep your brain sharp and tingling. What we have done through these mnemonics is to give you some ideas which aid in memory upkeep. Brain recalls best, through associations or links that are attached to information.  Try to tie up vital visual or auditory cues with most important information that you need to recall in future.

  • Three:  

Slow down your current pace in life. Focus on the most important only. Concentrate on your immediate priorities. Multitasking is possible only to a certain limit. Brain acts according to individual limitations. If you are talking to someone, plug in your full concentration on that single activity. You will soon find that you can remember most of the things said and heard.

  • Four:

Repetition is the key to success and retention. Repeat any name or number several times. Met someone new? Repeat his or her name as many number of times as possible. Soon you will find that you can actually store vital information with out the fear of loss.

More Tips

Exactly the way you wish to ward off old age by keeping your physical body in shape, brain also needs adequate exercise and stimulation to remain young, agile and active. When you keep old-age in abeyance, give the aging brain also an opportunity to retain its youth and vigor. Here are some more tips on keeping your brain in ship-shape condition.

  • Learn something new: Newness excites everyone. More so, when it is challenging. Throw new challenges to the brain every now and then. Learn to crack a new puzzle, join a tai chi club, or learn to paint! The brain is happy and stimulated.
  • Go out of town – take a break: The brain loves to travel and see new places, meet new people. Monotony tires the brain. Travel whenever you can, see for yourself, how refreshed your brain feels.
  • Exercise: Any form of physical activity protects your brain power from decay and degeneration. It gives new and fresh blood to the brain with improved circulation. In a large study with 5000 respondents over 65 years of age, it was revealed that those without any physical exercise tended to have brain deterioration faster than those who were physically active and energetic. Lethargy and laziness, doubles your chances of attracting Alzheimer’s.
  • Make more friends – expand your social circle: Would it be really painful or inconvenient if you increased your circle of friends and acquaintances a little bit more? If you spent a little more time with them? Communication with friends can be very helpful in keeping the brain healthy and happy. After all, it is the brain which lets us talk to the outside world, why not for a change let it talk to the world also?
  • Get enough sleep – Sleep right, sleep tight : Give your brain enough rest. More time to get revitalized and recuperated. Sleep at regular timings, sleep well.
  • Enjoy life – have fun: Get involved in anxiety-relieving activities. Give your brain some soothing and calmative pursuits. These increase the required chemical which protects your brain from various ailments.

Come to think of it, we wouldn’t be here and you wouldn’t be reading this if it wasn’t for your brains. So give the organ its due respect, for even physically, it is at the TOP of us! Without a sound body and a healthy mind, we cant face aging, which is so impending and inevitable.

Hope this article will provede you information about tips of improving memory.

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