How Can You Improve Your Memory?
Memory is important.
We use it every moment, consciously or not, as we perceive the world and interpret it based on our memories and experiences. Your memory should be a finely-tuned, working piece of equipment that you can depend on.
So where can you start if you want to improve your memory?
Clear Your Mind
Some memory inefficiency is primariy caused by the clutter in our heads, the ceaseless stimulation of our senses and the barrage of information we so often complain about — unclutter. Put your to-do lists onto paper, into a Word document, your task manager, or whatever works best for you. The important thing is to remove all those to-do tasks from your brain and free up attention for things that don’t need to be at the forefront of your mind.
One of the best things you can do to improve your memory is get exercise. The reason exercise works so well is that it pumps oxygen to your brain. Three hours a week walking, running, swimming or doing some form of aerobic exercise will give good results.
If you don’t eat well, you cannot improve your memory andyour overall mental performance won’t work well. What you’re aiming for is maximum nutrients so your neurons can fire and regenerate. Fruits, vegetables, and brain foods (anything containing omega 3 fatty acids like sardines and salmon) are important to mental performance. And B vitamins are also very important to healthy brain function — they give your memory a boost and reduce stress.
Take Time Out
The one thing you MUST do is refine your ability to take brief periods of distressing. Even a 10-minute stress break can make a huge difference in your mental performance AND your physical health.
Remember, stress is NOT just in your mind – it affects literally every cell in your body. And you need to know that uninterrupted stress actually KILLS BRAIN CELLS IN YOUR HIPPOCAMPUS, where memory resides. Take 10 should mean just that – take 10 minutes off the mental stress treadmill and reduce your stress!
posted by Jill Ammon-Wexler