Quick!!! Where is your wallet?? Can’t remember? Well, by the time you finish this article, you probably won’t lose it again.
The brain, as we all know, is an amazing thing. It has the power to remember many things in an instant. Unfortunately we forget things too often, and as we age it gets worse. Don’t worry improving your memory is not hard or long. It just takes some practice.
Exercise appears to be the answer to everything these days. It works out the brain as well as the body. If your brain is working then you can remember anything. The brain needs energy by taking in oxygen and nutrients from the bloodstream. Simply exercising enables the brain to get its nutrients.
Tip#2 Bottoms Up
Every now and then a glass of wine can help your memory. Make sure you are not pregnant and can maintain control over yourself. A light to moderate consumption of alcohol can improve memory. Long term effects are life changing. According to a French study, 4,000 people over the age of 65 were 45% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease just by drinking two glasses of wine a day. But this does not mean go overboard with the drinking. Alcohol abuse does not benefit the cells of the brain.
Tip#3 Picture It
You can associate pictures with the thing you’re trying to remember. If you have an appointment with the dentist at five in the afternoon to get your teeth cleaned, you can picture five teeth taking a shower. It seems weird but it can work. Instead of your brain drawing a blank when you’re trying to remember something in its place it can visualize.
This tip works well with numbers. I have been doing it without knowing my whole life. Simply break the numbers into sections instead of a huge line of numbers. Associate the numbers with events or patterns if possible. For instance remembering that there are a lot of fours in one section make it a lot easier than just trying to memorize the whole number. The important thing is to find something that stands out.
Tip#5 Look Around
Let’s say you’re a talented writer aspiring to become a great novelist in the future. In the middle of the night you get an idea but are too lazy to get up. Using your quick thinking you put a book on the floor. Then in the morning when you stumble over the book, you will remember why you put it there.
A good way to remember names is to pay attention to the face and associate it with the name. Try to find tricks in the name to help visualize. For example, you know a person by the name of Max Wagner. Just imagine a dog named Max wagging his tail. The next time you see Max just think of the dog wagging his tail.
Tip#7 Concentrate and Practice
Try to remember why you are writing that note or why you put that book there. They all have a significant meaning. Saying things out loud may be helpful such as, “I am putting the book in front of the door so I don’t forget to go to the library.” After watching TV try to remember what everyone was wearing. Little things like these go a far way and help time move faster especially when waiting in line.
Tip#8 More Practice!!!
Remember it’s important to work out both the brain and the body. Try doing new things, its ok if you don’t succeed at first. Do crossword puzzles and try taking different routes when driving. I heard that if you try to perform simple tasks with your non- dominant hand then your brain gets a work out as well. Riddles, mathematics, patterns, and nonlinear thinking should also help.
Tip#9 Go Out!!!
Depression and stress can make you really nervous and result in forgetfulness. A good way to ward off depression and stress is to socialize regularly. This is especially true to those of you living alone. Get out of the house and have fun with friends and family (right after reading this article of course).
Tip#10 Better Diets
Not enough water or too much alcohol leads to confusion and memory loss. Focus on buying fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Low-fat protein sources like fish, skinless poultry, and lean meat are good choices too.
Tip#11 Take Care of Yourself
If you have chronic conditions make sure to take of yourself. Your doctor can recommend treatments for conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and depression. Check out your medications with your doctor daily because they could be affecting your memory.
Neat things you can do with your surroundings
I thought that these were really cool things you could do to help improve your memory:
Paint the walls of your home with interesting and unique colors or wallpaper. For the interior of your house pick out things of all kinds of textures and out of the ordinary art, knickknacks, curtains and rugs.
Adding flowers inside the house can give a sensory boost because of the colors and smells.
If you have space, add a birdhouse and a birdfeeder outside your house. Get some binoculars and enjoy looking at the different types of birds that come.
Try different food from a different culture, something you usually wouldn’t get.
Make a garden with exotic, brightly colored flowers
Adopt many bright colored fish and buy them some interesting tank toys.
As you probably can conclude from this strange list, anything that secures your senses helps stimulate your mind and memory. Therefore try to live it up and pay attention to everything. Have Fun!!!(hope you never lose your wallet again)