How to improve your memory using the following 6 tips
Let’s talk about how you can improve your memory with simple and effective steps. There are many reasons why our memory sometimes lets us down. The older we get, the sooner we forget something.
Everyday stress, however, with more and more impressions and impulses pattering on us, can also make our remembrance disappear.
But don’t worry, because with the following tips you can get your brain back on track.
1 – Memorizing names made easy – think like a child
Recollecting names is a problem for many people. Just ten seconds ago, the kind gentleman introduced himself to me with a handshake and name and swoosh – I forgot the name already! It’s so embarrassing some times, too!
There are several reasons for this, and why I, personally, often keep forgetting. At that particular moment, I was probably so preoccupied with myself and my own imagination in the situation.
This way, I could not fully focus on my counterpart. But it could also be that, like many other people, I am a visual type.
Visual types are generally less able to remember names, but they almost never forget faces.
A few tricks have proven useful to avoid this embarrassing situation. Try to listen carefully and focus all of your attention on the person opposite you.
If the person has given his name, memorize his face and try to link the name with a picture. Because we can recall pictures much easier than names or numbers.
The image that you memorize should have a connection to the name, even if it may be absurd or funny. Think like a child and let your imaginations run wild.
You really should memorize the first picture that comes to mind. Mr. Miller – windmill. Mr. Smith – anvil, hammer, etc.
It becomes more difficult with unconventional or foreign names. Here, let the sound of the names inspire you. Practice remembering names.
Carry this exercise out on official occasions or events: Today I remember every name.
Then put your full attention on the greetings. The more you memorize different names, the better our brain gets used to them and it will be simpler for you in the future.
2 – Memory exercise on the go: the loci technique
There are numerous methods and exercises to train your memory. One of them is the so-called “loci method” (from lat. Locus, the place).
Here you remember a number of things by linking them to various places. Take, for example, your shopping list and distribute the entries in your mind throughout the apartment: the eggs in the closet, the cucumbers in the garage, the flour on the television, and so on.
In the supermarket, you then mentally walk through the rooms of your apartment and “find” the things again. A great exercise for memory.
3 – Healthy nutrition for the brain
If you want to support your memory through nutrition, you should drink a lot of water. Because the liquid that we supply to our body ensures that oxygen gets transported to all important organs.
This includes the brain, of course. Adequate water balance also promotes blood flow to vital organs.
There are also numerous foods, however, that have a positive effect on our memory. They are referred to as “brain food”.
For example, nuts are wonderful “brain food”. They provide valuable, polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega-3 fatty acids), B vitamins, antioxidants and minerals and should always be on the menu in stressful times.
Whole grain products can also have a positive effect on our cognitive abilities. They provide us with a variety of valuable ingredients, such as complex carbohydrates.
Thus, they ensure that our memory can work smoothly without blood sugar rising. You can read here which foods are still known as brain food.
In addition to pure energy sources such as carbohydrates and fat, as well as building blocks such as amino acids, our brain and memory also require various functional substances.
These primarily include vitamins and trace elements. Iron, iodine and zinc in particular contribute to good cognitive function.
Vitamin B5 supports mental performance and vitamins B1, B2, B12 and C do ensure a healthy nervous system.
4 – Fragrances that improve memory
Fragrances can help with studying, learning or increasing concentration and memory. Even the Greeks knew that the smell of rosemary was mentally stimulating. That’s why they put rosemary sprigs behind their ears in exam situations.
Nowadays there is rosemary oil for this. The essential oil contains a substance (1,8-cineol) for which scientists have been able to demonstrate that it increases concentration and cognitive behavior.
5 – Healthy sleep for a good memory
Healthy sleep is important for our well-being, our immune system, but above all for our memory. Because when we sleep, our brain sorts, and it organizes and processes the impressions of the day.
Those who sleep well can access their memories and what they have learned more quickly, while at the same time ensuring greater memory capacity.
The amount of sleep required for this varies from person to person. But it should be six to seven hours. In the following article, I have summarized what else you can do for healthy sleep.
6 – Exercise for the brain
The positive effects of sport also affect our memory. Researchers have been able to prove that people who keep fit also have better cognitive skills than those who are not able or willing to stay active and exercise.
Because sport strengthens our immune system, promotes blood circulation and stimulates the growth of new brain cells.
As you can see it is really simple to improve your memory and focus. Just make the above-mentioned brain exercises a routine.
Soon you will find out that you are able to keep not only names but also phone numbers and street addresses, etc., a lot easier.
Do you have special tricks to boost your memory? If so, and you’d like to share them with us and our community, then please do so in a comment below. We are always happy to read from you.
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