It’s all too easy to ignore our memory in this digital age, where many of us can easily “google” the things we forget. Although it seems unnecessary, memorization is important for many reasons. For one, it disciplines the mind, making it more focused and productive; what you hold in your memory also informs how you think about things, and helps you understand concepts more quickly. Following are some tactics that can prove very beneficial:
Reducing Stress- Meditating for at least 15 to 30 minutes each day physically changes your brain, making you less anxious, and more rational and empathetic.In addition, research has shown that meditation enhances concentration and improves sleep.
Meditating right before bedtime is not recommended, as you are more likely to relax into sleep. With meditation, you want to ensure that you remain fully awake.
Do Yoga-Besides increasing your physical strength and flexibility, yoga change your brain? Research suggests that in addition to reducing stress, anxiety, and depression, yoga protects the brain from shrinking with age.
Interestingly, yoga prevents shrinking mainly in the left hemisphere of the brain, which is associated with positive emotions such as joy and happiness.
Exercise Regularly -Research shows that exercise can help offset the cognitive decline brought on by aging and increasingly sedentary lifestyles.
Choose something you enjoy — if you hate running, don’t force yourself to run three times a week; swim or join an exercise class or sports club instead.
Sleep- On average, adults need between 7.5 and 9 hours of sleep each night; children and teenagers need even more (between 8.5 and 18 hours, depending on their age)
When you sleep, your brain consolidates information into your long-term memory bank. When you aren’t getting enough sleep, it affects your brain’s ability to do this, and your memory suffers.
Get organized. It’s easy to get hyper when you can’t find your keys or some important paperwork. Choosing specific places for everything and then consistently putting them away will help reduce the stress in your life, and will keep your mind free to focus on other things (like increasing your memory!).
You don’t have to do everything at once. Start with small things like keeping your keys in a tray or hook by the door, or making a commitment to always putting away your coat, shoes, and bag the moment you get home.
Socialize. Spend time with people whose company you enjoy, and who make you feel like the best version of you. Socializing can decrease anxiety, boost self-confidence, and distract us from the things that stress us out.
If you don’t have any friends/family or are living far away from your friends/family, consider joining a club or online community, or calling your friends/family using an online video chat program.