In this age of information, where the distinctions between work and life become increasingly blurred, it’s not unfair to suggest that the hardest thing to truly know is yourself. Take some affirmative steps and work on improving your memory today.
Cognitive decline or “not being as smart” can be largely attributed to the modern lifestyle. Stress, sleep deprivation, chemical intake and general hedonism can hinder the functioning of our brains.
The memory centre (hippocampus) never really deteriorates even up to the age of 90. However, your memory will only remain vital as long as you look after yourself. In fact, the majority of changes you can make to improve your memory are lifestyle based.
Here are 7 ways to improve your memory through lifestyle changes.
1. Eat right
Curry, celery, broccoli, cauliflower and walnuts all contain antioxidants and other compounds that protect your brain health and may even stimulate the production of new brain cells. Coconut oil is also heavily recommended.
2. Get moving
Exercise encourages your brain to work at full-capacity by instructing your nerve cells to multiply which, in turn, strengthens the interconnections protecting them from damage. It works similarly to the way that your muscles strengthen post-workout.
3. Stop multitasking
Research shows you actually need about eight seconds to commit information to memory. Multitasking distracts you from focusing on one single bit of information. The way to tackle chronic multitasking is mindfulness exercises.
4. Sleep tight
People are 33% more likely to make connections between distant pieces of information in their brains after sleeping. A single night of sleeping between 4-6 hours can impact your ability to absorb and recall information the next day.
5. Treat your brain like a muscle
Your brain is like a muscle despite not actually being a muscle. Without exercise and rigorous practice atrophy will lead your memory to deteriorate. By providing your brain with stimuli like ‘brain games’ you can counteract the degeneration.
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6. Always work on a new skill
As Mercola report, “A key factor necessary for improving your brain function or reversing functional decline is the seriousness of purpose with which you engage in a task”. Learn a skill that means something to you and you’ll find yourself improving at a rapid pace.
7. Test-run memory tools
Personally, I like my life using a series of unforgettable acronyms – the most important of which is PKW