Have you ever need to memorize a simple telephone number and can only remember the last four numbers? What about trying to think of those techniques that will help you become lucid without looking at your phone? These are all things we have tried to do but couldn’t because of our memories! (Or lack thereof) But if there is a will there is a way! Here are some of the top activities you can do to improve your memory.
Sleep sits on the throne when it comes to improving your memory. According to Health.com, your mind reinforces memories or “practice” skills that you learned while awake; a process called consolidation while sleeping. Make sure you get a good night sleep, at least 7 hours but it is recommended to get more. And it is important to have a consistent sleep schedule to make sure regulate your biological clock.
Mnemonic devices are techniques that a person can utilize in order to remember something far better, as stated on psychcentral.com. These techniques are old, some even dating back to ancient Greek times. Everybody knows at least one such device. Some of the most common mnemonic devices are acronyms and rhymes. But the less known ones are ones that uses visualization skills like the memory palace.
Exercise your brain by playing games like crossword puzzles and Sudoku. They will keep your brain fit by making sure new neuron connections are formed and old ones are reinforced. If games aren’t your style, you could also learn a new instrument or language: anything that will keep your brain on its toes.
If you are always cluttered and disorganized, you make it harder on your brain to remember! It’s like pacing for the mind: doesn’t accomplish anything and makes your mental energy levels drop. Start by keeping a planner and placing things like keys and wallet in one central location. You make it so much easier not only on yourself, but your brain too!
Get Out Of the House
Go out and socialize! According to Mayo Clinic, social interactions can deter depression and stress, both leading causes of memory loss. Find time to spend time with your partner, go out to the movies with your friends, and see your aunt at that family reunion you were planning to skip!