We all know the frustration of not being able to remember an important fact, or a recalling a person’s name. Memory is one of the brain's most important functions, and people of all ages should find natural methods to improve their brain’s function. Whether you want to increase your chances of acing a test, or simply keep your mind strong as you age, these five natural ways of improving memory can help!
1. Learn Something New
Memory is like a muscle, the more you work on it, the stronger it becomes. The easiest and most entertaining way to improve memory is by learning something new. You can choose anything, from learning a new language to taking up pottery, mastering the guitar to becoming a great chess player. However, whatever you choose to learn, it must require all of your focus and attention to receive the maximum benefits.
2. Clutter on the outside, clutter on the inside
Organization and memory have been proven to be closely connected. Just as when you’re learning a new concept, it’s easier to remember vocabulary when you put them into categories, the same goes for your life. The more organized you are, the easier time you’ll have with your memory. You can get organized by making checklists or to-do lists, and it’s best to write these by hand because it uses the sensorimotor parts of your brain.
3. Yup, You have to track your sleep
If you’re struggling with your memory, the most common cause is lack of sleep. Most humans require 7 to 8 hours of sleep, without it, your brain struggles to turn short-term memories into long-lasting ones. By setting a sleep schedule, and trying to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, you’ll be improving your memory function while you sleep.
Mediation is common practice for some of today's most successful CEOs and for good reason. Studies show that meditation has a multitude of health benefits, such as focus, concentration, and memory. Many believe that meditation has the power to rewire the brain and increase new connections between the cells in the brain. If you're new to meditation, you can find short guided practices online, or do “box breathing”, which is where you imagine your breath is drawing a square; breath in for 4 counts, hold for 4, out for 4, hold for 4 and so on.
5. Let's Get Physical
Memory function declines with age unless we take the steps to keep it functioning properly. Luckily, there are simple, natural, and dare we say fun, ways to improve your memory and keep your brain working at its optimal level.