In today’s fast-paced world, it comes as no surprise that we are forgetting more and more, even important dates such as birthdays and anniversaries. Thankfully, social media platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn, remind you of such events, but even then, people still forget to take action. How do we manage to keep on top of it all? If this sounds familiar and you are one of those who struggle to remember actions following a team meeting at work, misplace the name of the person you spoke to earlier that week or run out of the door without the yummy salad you made the night before, then here’s some tricks and tips to help boost your brain power (you will be pleased to know that eating and napping are on the list!).
Top Tips for Improving Your Memory:
Get a good night’s sleep and take naps
Sleep is essential to the running of your body. Getting a sound 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night will help increase your memory power. When you are sleeping, the brain processes information, so try taking a nap after a busy afternoon of learning new things. (avoid doing it at work under your desk!)
Breakfast is the most important meal
As the saying goes, breakfast in the most important meal of the day so don’t miss out! Try an egg for brekky – eggs contain vitamin B which does all sorts of good things to your body.
Feed your brain (yay!)
Nearly 60% of the brain’s weight is fat, which is used to insulate its high volume of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the quicker it can send messages and thinking speed will increase. Some excellent food choices include fish and green vegetables. (not chocolate, unfortunately)
Exercise & get your body moving just like it was designed to do:
Exercising doesn’t just help the body, it also exercises your brain too. To ensure your body is pumping nutrients and blood to the brain, make sure you get moving every day, even if it’s just a brisk walk to and from work or to the shops at lunch.
Listen to music
Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Listening to music at work can be more than just fun for some people, but necessary to zone out of the office environment and regular distractions. According to many professionals, music can have a physiological effect as it boosts the levels of neurotransmitter dopamine, a brain chemical that can help people focus.
Complete puzzles or read a book
Studies have recently shown that doing these types of activities on a daily basis not only keeps your brain nice and active but also helps to delay memory loss. You may even learn something new whilst reading too!
Write it down
This will also help you to create a list of actions and to prioritise your work load at work. Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and exercise those important parts of it.
Say goodbye to stress
Anything that causes you stress will in time begin to eat away at the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Depression can also harm your brain’s ability to remember anything new. If you are in any doubt about depression and feel like it may be affecting you, seek help.
Say the information aloud or tell someone
Reading aloud has been shown to significantly improve the memory of the material. By relaying the information to another person will also help you to remember it, according to latest studies.
By making simple changes to your daily routine will help boost your brain and help you stay on top of your game.