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If someone has a bad memory the first response is usually “you’re getting old”. And, yes, I guess, traditionally memory loss came due to your brain weakening with age. But in our modern society forgetfulness is quite common from the mid-30s onwards (analyzing my own peers). People forgetting their keys, where they left their wallet, where a certain friend got a new job, a place they used to frequent. It starts small but without exercising the memory the brain will only deteriorate.
There are many things that can attribute to bad memory: old age, stress, injury, Alzheimer’s, lifestyle choices, overconsumption of alcohol, and bad diet, to name a few. I was at a family gathering recently and all the cousins shared stories from the past, funny anecdotes, cringe-worthy adolescent mishaps, and how much we used to play cards! And I am not talking about poker, but Gin Rummy, Spades, Go Fish! These games involved strategy and strong memory. But it would be hard finding a card game being played among youths these days!
Even though the world has become technologically driven there are still some activities you can practice to help you strengthen your memory.1. Meditate
Meditation is good for many aspects of our mind and body, if not every aspect. The point of meditation is to free your mind and find inner peace. Release from daily worries and anxieties. Meditation has been proven to enhance focus, cognitive functioning, and memory. Check out our blog here for a guide for first-time meditators.
I can see some of you flinching when you read this but if you are really determined to help fight your memory loss then its time to pull out the lycra and get some cardio in the gym. Exercising sends oxygen to the brain and it reduces cortisol levels, which is the stress hormone that nobody wants to be friends with.
A lack of sleep makes zombies of us all. Standing straight in the middle of the office, or living room, wondering why we started to come this way, what was our intention, our goal? To return to our original post and sit for another 30 minutes thinking about it, until you stop to think about it and then remember it. It hurts even writing this! Getting those zzz’s is a sure way to improve your memory.
Yes, this is a good one. Chess is such a refined and sophisticated past time that one often feels not dignified enough to suggest a game. Like going on a wine-tasting tour or visiting an exhibition. I am calling out this one. Chess is such a pleasant game to play with anyone of any age, old or young. It can take a really long while, or it can take 10 minutes, but one thing is for certain, the more you play the better you get so start today to be confident enough to suggest a game the next time you come across it. Chess is all about strategy therefore you use your memory each time you play, learning from your previous mistakes, and your partner’s usual strategies. Aso is great for those cold winter evenings!
I have learned that learning to play the guitar helps build up your memory! If you don’t know already how to play, pick up a guitar at your local thrift store and find some online tutorials. There are a lot of chords to try to remember, but success comes with a (hopefully) pleasant and melodious tune. It is the action of remembering these chords that helps improve your memory.
This is a polyphenol renowned for helping with memory loss and aging. What is interesting about this particular suggested solution is that it is found on the skin of peanuts, blueberries, and red grapes, the last one I am seeing as a direct translation for red wine... Of course, you should always drink sensibly, responsible, and with moderation, but if you do go out (or stay in) for an alcoholic beverage, then selecting red wine may actually help with your memory!
7. Don’t Stop Learning!
Just because we have finished high school, college, or university, doesn’t mean we should stop learning. Sure, life is tiresome with jobs and families, but we should all keep time for our own personal education. Listen to podcasts about your favorite topics, order some books online, go do a course in the local center! From history to gardening, current affairs to knitting, you have no excuse to not continue learning. Constantly using our brain will, like a muscle, only make it stronger. A sure way to a longer, more fulfilled memory.
I hope these tips will help you work and improve your memory. Let me know in the comments what you think!