Have you ever forgotten your mobile in a taxi or go totally blank when giving a presentation? Don't feel bad because you're not alone. With hectic schedules and deadlines to meet, it's normal to lose track occasionally. But as we age, it seems that our memories just don't want to work as well as they used to. Instead of accepting it, there are a lot of different things we can do to battle memory loss. Our overall brain health is largely contributed to stress levels and lifestyle choices. The fact of the matter is that there are particular aspects of memory function that aren't linked to getting older. So, what can you do to stay as sharp as a tack? Below are five ways to excellent mind-sharpening skills that will keep your mind running in high gear.
Staying active keeps both your body and mind fit. Exercise gets your blood pumping which enlarges the hippocampus-the memory center of your brain. In fact, activities which require hand-eye coordination are extremely beneficial for brain boosting. Strive for 30 minutes a day to keep both your physique and mind fit as a fiddle. Think swimming, walking or jogging.
Poor sleep habits wreak havoc from head to foot, including your memory. Not only do you feel dreadful, but it's dangerous, especially when operating a motor vehicle. As a rule of thumb, adults need at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night to wake up refreshed and ready to conquer another day. Skimping on sleep won't do you any favors in the beauty department either. Turn off your mobile devices at least 30 minutes before bed to avoid the temptation of social media. If you have trouble sleeping, try drinking a cup of warm milk before you hit the hay. This remedy actually works!
Yes, it's great that you can cook dinner, talk on the phone and balance your checkbook at the same time. But did you know it can actually be detrimental? Juggling too many things at one time can lead to a memory meltdown. At some point, you will forget something. Best remedy? Slow down and focus on one thing at a time. Research shows that our brains need approximately eight seconds to register information into our memories, so if you're talking on the phone and trying to balance your checkbook don't mix.
A cluttered house leads to a cluttered mind. Do yourself a favor and get organized. Take time to declutter your house and put things where they need to be. Make a to-do list and keep it where you know you will see it daily. Writing things down helps to create a lasting memory. Furthermore, it also helps you sleep better since we tend to lay in bed at night trying to figure out what we need t do the next day. It's a win-win situation.
Although stress is unavoidable, there are things you can do to reduce the ill effects. Meditation, counseling and simply asking for help are all good ways to lighten the load and sharpen your memory.