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When I was studying for my midterm exams, scheduling two and sometimes three exams a day, I secretly wished for two things: First, that I could learn how to bend the space-time continuum, earning myself a lot more time for studying and preparing. Second, that it was possible to upgrade my memory just as we do with our computers, leaving plenty of free space in the brain to store new information. As you have probably guessed none of the above happened and I had to turn to more conventional ways to improve my memory and boost my brainpower. Below are 17 fun memory-boosting tips and tricks that I found very effective. The fact that I graduated from university in just three semesters, while managing to get good grades I put down partly to the fact that I had not realized what I was getting myself into. But largely I owe it to these techniques, as they helped me to memorize loads of information in a very short time. Whether you are getting ready for exams, would like to stay mentally sharp or are tired of looking for your keys each time you leave the house, check out these 17 Memory tips, as they might be the answer to your problems:
1. Believe in yourself.
How often do you say things like, “I’m getting old”, “My memory is failing me”, “I can never remember where I put things” This could be somewhat true, but you should not say it. Nor think it, because your belief that you have a weak memory is the number one factor that weakens it. Studies show that if people are told that “aging cause forgetfulness” it is immediately reflected in their poor performance in memory tests. The contrary is true as well. Tell yourself that you have a remarkable memory and soon you will find yourself remembering all kinds of things.
2. Pay attention.
As obvious as it may sound, often we have trouble recalling information simply because we were not listening to it in the first place. If you need to remember something important or understand a new complicated theory, make sure you dedicate your full and undivided attention to the topic.
3. Block out distractions.
You might be proud of your ability to multitask and to answer emails while chatting with your friends on the phone, but the question is how well will you be able to recall either? Research shows that multitasking greatly impedes learning, as our brain is forced to switch from one task to another, unable to attend to relevant information and to store it properly.
4. Start socializing.
A stimulating chat with a friend, besides being a pleasant and fun pastime, can turn into the best memory exercise. It turns out that there is a direct link between our social lives and our memory
but on the downside they dumb us down. the slower is our memory decline. playing Nintendo games. rest assured that your brain will respond to you in the same way. 10. sit ups and head rolls. 8. Next time you need to learn the route to a friend’s house. Stretch your memory a little and put it to work! 6.year-old man. All the technical devices that we use can be really helpful in making our life easier. sleepy or inactive. Do not rely on technology.sharpness – the more active we are socially. There is a reason why our wise grandparents always advised us to sleep on our problems. Our cognitive capacity. Did you know that whenever you laugh. because you were running late for a meeting? The more frustrated you became the less you could remember where you had put them. multiple regions of the brain get activated. of course). Sleep long and sleep well. 5. Laugh and have fun. How did he know it? It was a question he encountered a few times while doing crossword puzzles! 12. Fast-forward ten years… I have MY phone number saved in the contact list just in case I forget it. 9. Our brain simply can not function at full capacity if we feel tired. yummy meals… (that are healthy. but it is also a great brain stimulator. feeding you with junk thoughts and refusing to stay focused. serving to strengthen neural traces of recent events and to integrate new memories with the old ones. chips and chocolate bars for lunch time. Exercise. And by exercising I do not mean. Research shows that sleep is absolutely necessary for long-term memory consolidation. Do crossword puzzles. Don’t worry. Eat satisfying. our attention and finally our ability to recall information decrease with the amount of stress we place on ourselves. I could have written. If all your body is getting is coke. Before I got my first cell phone I used to remember all the phone numbers of my friends and family members. turn off your GPS. Often the best way to remember something is to take a deep breath and relax. During my first year in the United States the only person who was able to tell me what the capital of Latvia was (my home country). “Drink fish oil” (which is actually good for the brain as well). be happy! Can you remember the last time you frantically tried to find your keys. There is a direct connection between your brain and body. Physical exercise increases oxygen to your brain and reduces the risk of numerous disorders that lead to memory loss (such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease). Laughter is not only one of the best medicine for stress relief. boosting your brain power and exercising you memory? 7. was an eighty-six. I mean actually getting up and doing a couple of stretches. do not use a calculator embedded in your cell phone. but I personally . Or when you have to make basic calculations. Munch on apples. 11.
¿Habla Español? Sí? Then you should pick a different language to learn. Meditate. It helps to gain a better understanding of the material and permanently fix it into our memory! 17.prefer to stick with two apples a day. . Usually information that interests us the most has something to do with – who would have guessed it? – us! Whether you want to remember a person’s name or understand a new math theory. 13. 16. Reading information out loud improves our ability to remember it. helping to solidify new information and form new neuronal connections in the brain. So whenever you forget something. Do not believe this! Scientists have discovered that the human brain has an astounding ability to change and learn the new material even at the age of 90. start using some of the memory-boosting tips described in this post. How is meditation a panacea for our memory problems? First. but teaching it to another person goes beyond simple remembering. Make it about you. No? In that case you have learned how to ask “Do you speak Spanish?” and this could be your first step to mastering a foreign language while training your memory on a daily basis. Make no excuses. Teach it to another person. do not blame it on your age. Second. If you missed a previous post. Some people like to repeat that you can not teach an old dog new tricks. Scientific research shows that just following this tip alone helps to boost your brain power. you can learn 3 simple meditations here) 15. restoring our ability to analyze and retain information. 40-minutes of meditation has the same beneficial effect on our memory as an 8-hour sleep. meditating regularly helps to cope with stress. associate it with someone or something you already know and imagine how it can be useful to you. especially since there is some convincing evidence that apples contain a powerful combination of antioxidants that help to prevent memory decline and even protect against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. 14. Instead.
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