10 tips to sharpen your memory

At school, at work, on a daily basis, keeping a good memory is essential for our activities. And who doesn’t want to have a memory that remembers the important things quickly? Several techniques and approaches currently exist to make our brains work faster and more effectively. Here are some tips that will help you learn things more efficiently and remember them more readily.

1.  Eat properly.  Just like the other organs in our body, the brain needs adequate amounts of nutrients for its functions. Give preference to foods rich in vitamins and minerals, such as lettuce, eggs, fish ( rich in omega-3 ), red fruits, oranges (rich in  vitamin C ), grains (complex B vitamins, such as  B12 ). Ginseng  and  gingko biloba  also improve concentration and memory skills.

2.  Exercise your brain.  Games like sudoku, word searches, memory games, puzzles, question and answer games, etc. work as a “workout” for the brain. These workouts reinforce the ability to memorize and retain new concepts.

3.  Get adequate sleep.  During sleep, the brain reorganizes everything it has learned and seen during the day. If sleep is insufficient, this organization is impaired. This also applies to short naps during the day: they are powerful for making the brain rest and assimilate facts.

4.  Try to vary activities while studying or learning something new.  This means taking short breaks and switching to “lighter” activities. This forces the brain to stay tuned to what you were previously studying. Upon returning to studies, the brain tries to remember everything that has been studied so far.

5.  Try to associate what you are learning with common everyday objects and situations.  This means creating a “mind map” of objects that can help you remember important facts or things. Many people use small reminders pasted on walls to help with this task. Over time, your brain will get used to it and you will be able to remember things more naturally.

6.  Practice physical activity.  Sports, in addition to helping to de-stress, remove toxins and free radicals that damage brain cells. Remember to drink plenty of liquids during physical activities, as 70% of the composition of neurons is water.

7.  Create images in your brain of the activities you are going to do.  Many researchers suggest “overdoing it” in this regard. If you think you’re going to forget about an activity, like going to the post office, create an exaggerated image of that event as a giant letter being dropped into an absurdly large urn. This makes the brain understand how important what you are going to do is.

8.  Use repetition techniques.  Although often tiring, this is one of the best exercises to reinforce important facts in memory. Repeat names, numbers, verbs, events over and over again in many different ways throughout the day.

9.  Avoid using “miraculous” memory remedies.  They don’t work and can still impair your thinking. Likewise, avoid smoking, drugs and alcohol: they can damage your memory irreversibly.

10.  Try to relax and meditate.  In addition to improving perception and observation, meditation relaxes and calms the brain.

Memory is certainly one of the most precious assets for human beings. Taking care of it and exercising it guarantees many benefits in the short and long term.

Jeanne Kenney
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I’m a stylist trainer, a content creator, and an entrepreneur passion. Virgo sign and Pisces ascendant, I move easily between my dreams, the crazy world I want, and my feet on the ground to carry out my projects.

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