Having a good memory can help you to keep on top of day-to-day tasks, as well as helping you to learn new skills faster and recall information more accurately. Looking after your memory can also reduce your risk of developing deteriorative mental illnesses such as Alzheimers. Below are just five ways to boost your memory.
Numerous studies have shown that puzzles are good for our memory. Every puzzle solved helps to strengthen connectors in the brain. Many puzzles rely on logic & math, while others are word-based and draw on our language skills. Paper puzzles like crosswords and sodokus, puzzle toys like Rubik’s cubes and puzzle apps are all examples. These aren’t the only puzzle-solving activities however – learning new languages, taking up musical instruments and experimenting with new food recipes are all activities that engage the puzzle-solving part of the brain.
Doing physical exercise
Studies also show that physical exercise can improve our memory. Being physically active increases oxygen flow to the brain, which helps us to think sharper. Exercise is also a great stress buster – and stress often clouds up our memory.
Eating a healthy diet
There are also believed to be links between our diet and our memory. Foods containing omega-3 are often heralded as ‘brain foods’ – this includes fish, flax seeds and walnuts. Getting enough omega-3 into your diet could help you to think sharper. Studies also show a reduced risk of developing dementia.
Getting enough sleep
Regularly getting a good night’s sleep can also help to boost your memory. When we are sleep-deprived, we’re often more forgetful. This is because most of our memories are stored and sorted while we are asleep.
Writing it down
Writing information down allows you to refer back to it when you need it. This can be useful for when you need to remember complex information.