Saturday, May 13, 2017

Forgetful? These Ideas Can Help You Remember

"THE DRIVE OF A LIFETIME."    03/03/2017 10:53 pm ET | Updated May 13, 2017 11:l8 pm ET

It is not possible to use a keyboard to find your missing memories. It is common to forget certain things we learn. Read on for useful strategies to improve your memory.

One easy and effective way to help your memory is by writing things down. This process increases the flow of blood to the brain, particularly the areas associated with memory, and forces you to use it. Keep a notebook, a journal or write detailed lists to constantly help your ability to remember items you may need in the future.

The phrase "use it or lose it" applies to your memory. Make time to engage in activities that need you to recall information, such as crossword puzzles, learning a new skill or reading.

Social activity can go a long way in keeping the vigor in your memory. This will keep you spirits up and alert. If you are depressed or lonely, your mind is not being stimulated and your brain cells aren't getting a workout. Engaging in spirited social outings with your friends and family can help you to keep an acute mind.

When learning a new concept, teaching someone else the concept has proven to be an effective way to improve your memory. The reason for this is that when you teach someone else the concept, you must first understand it and then be able to phrase it yourself.

Go to the library and check out books written by experts in the field of memory improvement. There are many books available written by psychiatrists that will give you helpful and professional tips for improving brain function and overall memory.

If you are a student trying to boost your memory for a test, the worst thing you can do is cram. Attempting to learn so much in too little time will not allow you to keep anything at all.

Increase the dark leafy greens in your diet like spinach to help boost your memory power. They hold important B vitamins and folic acid, which have a huge job in taking care of the neurons in your brain.

You can improve brain elasticity when you meditate therefore allowing your brain and its memory to function at better rates. You will relieve stress from your body which helps promote healthiness throughout your body. Go to a calm place, and focus only on breathing slowly. Work at meditating for thirty minutes a day at the minimum to help keep your brain in shape.

Classical music may improve your memory. Classical music is soft and soothing, and can help relax both your body and mind, thereby improving memory. Try playing music while you relax in a bath, with lit candles to set the mood.

Saying what you are trying to remember aloud is a fast and uncomplicated way to boost your memory. Though it may feel silly at first, saying things aloud is an amazing tool for memorization.

There is evidence to suggest that fish oil can improve your ability to store and recall memories more effectively. You can improve your memory by using fish oil, which holds Omega-3 fatty acids. Getting the right dosage is important, so consult your doctor prior to taking this supplement.

By being consistent with your studying sessions, you can improve the power of your memory. Taking breaks and staying consistent helps your mind keep information better. Studying in intervals, instead of trying to cram everything in at once, is a proven method of knowledge retention. Procrastination often leads to cramming, so be sure to set a study schedule for yourself.

Keep your social life active. It is proven that those with an active social life have a better memory. Thousands of people swear by mnemonic devices as a means of improving memory. This strategy works by creating an association between a new piece of information and something you already know. Mnemonic devices are fun, and they often use jokes, rhymes, or songs to help improve your memory and take frustration out of the studying process.

Try to study beyond what you really need to know. You will remember something better if you have more than just a rudimentary knowledge of it. For instance, when you need to remember a word or definition, read a little more about it.

Feed your brain. Just like the body, the brain needs fuel. If you are trying to commit valuable information to memory, such as test questions, you should create an organizational system that groups subjects together in a logical fashion. Organizing information into related groupings can be a more effective way to memorize it for later recall.

When someone you know is affected by memory loss, try to be very patient and understanding when you are with them. Remember that this is a difficult experience for them, and they need all the help they can get. If you are patient and understanding, you may be able to help them. The best way to improve your memory is to have healthy habits, such as eating nutritious foods, sleeping plentifully, and exercising.

Follow the advice given in Christy's blog, and make an effort to help your memory. If you have lots of information you must memorize, you should aim to study this information at many various places. Doing this will allow you to dissociate what you are learning from where you are, making it easier to recall wherever you are. The more places you study at, the more likely the information will go into your long-term memory storage.

Be sure that you are sleeping well each night. Studies have shown that sleep is important to keep your memory in tiptop shape. If you cannot concentrate due to poor sleep, committing learned facts to long-term memory will be difficult. Memory loss can be tragic for the aging mind. Older people, especially those with dementia or degenerative brain diseases, should take prescription medication to help protect their brains from memory loss.

Say things aloud. As soon as you learn something like a name, repeat it aloud. Repeating things where you can hear it is a wonderful way to ensure that you remember that bit of information at a later date. Whether you are by yourself or with others, do not feel embarrassed, and say it a few times.

If you would like to sharpen your memory, associate the things you want to learn with concepts you are already familiar with. If you learn to tag new pieces of short term memory information onto existing long-term memories, you will have an easier time of recollection. You may even be able to accelerate the rate at which you are able to commit other information to permanent memory.

Material is memorized better if you go over it many times during regular study sessions. This gives your brain adequate time to process the information. Start exercising regularly if you want to improve your memory. Exercising just a little bit each day will improve your brain function.

1. What 3 things can you practice doing to prevent forgetfulness?
2. Have you tried any of these before? If so, which one/s?
3. If yes to #2, can you give an example of your results?

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