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Is this how you see yourself? Is this how others see you? And if you could, would you like to find some ways to boost your memory?
Maybe you sometimes struggle to remember names of places, people.
If you answered yes, don’t be discouraged. You’re not alone. It turns out that forgetfulness is an increasingly common problem with many of us these days.
Why? You might very well ask.
Studies have shown that increased commitments, personal stress and way too many, priorities, and less than healthy living habits are the main cause of forgetfulness not only in older adults, but increasingly in the young amongst us.
Our brain cells are aging right along with us, and sometimes aging before they should. So if we’re not taking conscious care of ourselves…it might mean that our brains deteriorate faster than we’d like.
Note to self…take more conscious care of you!
And yes, it’s true that in this day and age we’re incredibly dependent on technology today to do most of our work for us, but whatever the case, our minds need to be exercised to perform at their best.
So here’s a few tips to help you boost your memory.
1. Take notes
As old school as it may sound, carrying a small notebook with you is a handy tip.
Write those little details down, like an address or a number, and make sure to keep it handy at all times. This is my go-to place when I need a memory boost.
I keep a notebook stashed in my bag…just in case… and I know, I know you might argue that you could just use your phone for this purpose, but it’s scientifically proven that physically writing something down is a great way to register it in the mind. And what can I say other than it works for me. 🙂
2. Create a flow calendar
When you’re not great at remembering things, you might find yourself stumbling from task to task or sometimes just staying stuck because you don’t know where to begin.
One of my greatest aids comes from my coach, and I hate to confess I didn’t know this before, but I really didn’t.
Create a google calendar with colours. Included in my calendar are things like thinking time, and learning periods, along with those regular tasks that would sometimes fall by the wayside because they weren’t on my radar.
It’s a super easy and beautifully visual way to keep on track. Especially for those of us who are easily distracted! Like me.
3. Use what works best for you
Visual communication is often a better tool for those whose mind works that way.
Try associating a physical object or a person with what you want to remember.
Images are what the subconscious mind uses when manifesting our dearest dreams which makes it an obvious tool for remembering ideas or data that just won’t stick.
Especially when your plate is overflowing with all those commitments and priorities.
4. Music helps boost your memory
Isn’t that nice. Something we like to do, such as listening to music, not only supports our mood, but helps boost our memory. Two birds with one stone.
I remember my daughter was hopeless at math at school, but she could remember the word of every song she heard on the radio. So we knew there was nothing wrong with her memory.
And once she realized that and started putting some of these tips into practice her belief that there was nothing wrong with her memory helped her come more easily to terms with equations and other math problems.
Switch up your music choices…because variety isn’t only the spice of life…it also keeps your mind on its toes.
5. Get enough sleep
I know this sounds a bit odd, but a sleep deprived mind is also a slow mind.
A tired, inefficient mind doesn’t lead to a happy successful life, which clearly we all want. Right?
So watch yourself and make sure you’re getting enough rest in the day, and throw in some fun and relaxation too. All work and no play do more than make Jack a dull boy, as the expression goes, it makes for an inability to remember, even those things that are important.
And not only that, being sleep deprived leads to all manner of health challenges
The result? Poor memory and many other ill-effects.
Try these basic tips and you’re sure to start remembering things more often!
So whoever you are, however old you are…a healthy mind is always necessary if you want a healthier life and a memory that doesn’t let you down.