Memory is perhaps one of the most important skill anyone should have. The ability to recall information will prove very useful in certain situations. This is especially true among students who need it during exams. Even when you have graduated, this does not mean this skill is no longer needed. You will still use it when performing certain tasks that will call for it. Here are some tips to keep your memory sharp.
Give Your Brain a “Workout”
Do anything that will require you to remember. This is not limited to doing quizzes; this will also include physical activities like playing the guitar, learning a new language, engage in hobbies like pottery. You will need to remember every step or procedure and recall them once you do it again.
In doing so, these are techniques you will need to apply to sharpen your memory:
- Repeat – the skills you learn will be repetitive. The brain tends to respond to novelty.
- Organize – Always keep track of what you have done. It will give you something to remember (remind you). It is best to write them down. It will reinforce your learning rather than commit everything to your head.
- Visualize – create pictures in your mind. Turn those words into images.
- Cues – cue yourself by providing related details or “talk around” a certain word to remember.
- Group – This is useful when trying to remember a longer list. Group them into sets. This will extend the capacity of short-term memory by “chunking” information instead of remembering fragments of it.
What does this have to do with boosting memory? Your brain will need oxygen. Staying fit and healthy will increase the oxygen to your brain and reduce the risk of disorders that may affect it. It also helps overcome mental fatigue and slumps in the day. In other words, physical exercise such as a simple jumping jack or a little jogging is what you need to give your brain a jump start.
Get Enough Sleep
Having adequate sleep is also important to keeping the brain healthy. The generally accepted truth is the human body needs 8 hours of sleep. Anything shorter can compromise your memory and other skills that require the use of your brain.
Stress is the enemy of your brain. It can destroy brain cells which can lead to memory loss. The most obvious solution is to take a break and pace yourself – exercise, go on a vacation, meditate, etc. If you are going through the motions, find an outlet to let it all out; and focus on one task at a time rather than multi-tasking.
This means engage in active listening. Digest every word you hear and encode it in your brain. Do not allow yourself to be distracted and stay focused.
Still, your memory skills will also depend on your health, particularly your brain. This is why it is important to have a healthy lifestyle. This will also benefit your brain as it will to your body.
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