Some experts believe memory is like a big, huge room filled with various filing cabinets. And in each of those filing cabinets is where memories are stored. Many of those experts also believe we never really forget a memory, but sometimes we just can’t locate it in our vast file room.
As you grow older, the more likely you are to struggle with memory. There are certain strategies we can try to help us remember important information.
Try using these methods to keep your memory nice and sharp:
Remember the names of those you meet by repeating their names verbally.
If we use an individual’s name in the conversation just after we meet them, we’re more likely to recall their name later on.
- For example, if you were introduced to Charlie at a party, you could say something like, “Hi, Charlie, I’m very pleased to meet you.” When you repeat Charlie’s name at the party, you’re increasing your chances of remembering his name later.
Observe what’s happening around you.
In some situations, you may find yourself getting distracted or simply not paying attention. If you can stay consciously connected to the current moment, you will solidify your memory of the event and be able to recall it later.
Keep a journal.
When you record the happenings of your day, you’re forced to think about it again. Doing that is like rehearsing the information. And with rehearsal comes recall.
- Even if you’re not much of a writer, you can use your journal to jot quick notes or even sketch out a drawing to remind you of what happened that day.
- When you flip through and read your journal again, more thoughts about those events will be prompted to emerge, and you’ll remember more.
Allow yourself a brief “mind rest.”
Interestingly, some new memory research states you can boost your recall later simply by taking a break for a few minutes after learning something new.
- Sitting quietly and relaxing your mind helps you absorb the recently-learned information.
Engage in regular exercise.
It really is true that taking a brisk 30 minute walk or a bike ride three or four times a week ensures your brain (and memory) stays in shape.
- When you do something to strengthen or build cells, you’re also increasing your ability to remember.
Eat plenty of fiber and limit proteins and fats.
You’ll allow your brain to perform at its optimal level.
Avoid extreme dieting.
If your body doesn’t get enough nutrients, you can become sluggish, distracted, and even confused. Consequently, your memory will suffer.
Obtain enough sleep.
When you’re deprived of sleep, your mind doesn’t think as well and you can easily forget things.
- Strive for the amount of sleep you require, usually 7 or 8 hours for most people. The more rested your mind is, the more likely it is you’ll be able to absorb the next day’s events.
- This will help you remember and recall those events at a later time.
Incorporate relaxing activities into your daily schedule.
Calming activities help you avoid feeling overly stressed or on edge. Rejuvenate your mind by relaxing with yoga, taking a leisurely walk, or reading a book.
In general, living a life that’s balanced, healthy, and interesting can help you keep your memory sharp. When you stay active physically and cognitively, you’ll also remember more. Apply this information to sharpen your memory and live your best life!