In this day and age when everything is digitally documented and stored for a future recall and data crunching of all sorts, one can question the importance of storing terabytes of data in your memory too.
The functions of storing memories in your brain go fairly beyond just storing and recalling. It’s about evolving our memory recall methods to the most efficient possible use by creating patterns and processes from what appears to be futile data. A good memory can help you establish strong relationships with friends, families, colleagues, consumers and clients whereas; a relatively weak memory will not exactly help you getting far in life.
Do you remember Guy Pearce as Leonard in the Christopher Nolan, cult classic “Memento”? Remember how his life got astronomically tangled in a web created by him or his case of short term memory loss? Well, that’s what bad memory does to you!
Worry not; you won’t ever have to go that far when it comes to memory loss because here are a few tips and tricks to enhance your memory without getting too complicated!
1. Healthy meals for the brain!
Whatever you eat has an immense effect on you, your body and specially your brain. Likewise, whatever you’re missing out on in your diet also has great effects.
There is a good reason why parents insist their children to always finish their vegetables. Vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, curry, celery among others contain anti-oxidants which increase the cerebral blood flow that not only helps the brain in protecting itself but also helps to stimulate the production of new brain cells.
Likewise, a check of omega 3 fats to damaged omega 6 fats ratio will help you immensely as well along with other foods as walnuts, coconut oil and even chocolate among many others.
Exercise has a lot of benefits which will take a rather long time to list down. As far as our brain is concerned, exercise has a few direct implications.
First of all, the brain gets to work at an optimum level since there is a higher sense of the environment and a complete control of motor skills of the body controlled directly from the brain. Apart from that, exercise; especially cardio exercises allow more oxygen to flow into the blood stream which in turn means an abundant supply of oxygen for the neurons to multiply, to make better connections with other neurons and obviously better defense mechanisms as well.
During exercise, nerve cells release proteins known as neurotropic factors that directly enhance cognitive abilities while improving the brain health as well.
Other than that, studies have proven that people who exercise regularly enhance their memory bank by 1 to 2% every year whereas; it would have simply declined
3. Night Night! Don’t let the bed bugs bite!
Ever wondered why you didn’t perform too well on the exam you studied all night for? Well, the answer is simple. You didn’t give yourself enough time to rest. Apart from the obvious that a well-rested brain will perform much better than a fatigued brain, there are a couple of other reasons as well.
Studies have shown that people are more likely to perform better at brainy tasks including learning when they are getting regular undisturbed sleep for at least 4 to 6 hours. This is because, sleep is known to enhance your memories and practice memory bank recall to perform better at challenging tasks.
The brain also creates connection between different memories during sleep and allows the person to draw better conclusions the next day for tasks which were fatiguing before the sleep.
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4. Master your passion!
Have you ever felt the need to fulfill a lifelong passion? If your answer is yes, you might have not been able to fulfill your passions due to the mounds of obligations this digital age throws upon us. The trick is to recognize the possibility of not just fulfilling your passion but enhancing your health, your brain’s health; and all of a sudden your priorities will change even in this super-fast digital age.
Researches have proven that any activity that stimulates your brain is as healthy as exercise is for the muscles. An activity that is meaningful and purposeful to you will decrease the risks of dementia and other stress related diseases while also promoting the brain health in general. The activity should be engaging and must hold a serious meaning to you so that whenever you’re at it, your complete and undivided attention is on that activity so that it is mentally stimulating.
You might want to pick up the guitar or knit your granddaughter a lovely sweater. There is just no downside to it!
If you are prone to stress and anxiety, just relax and adopt a couple of activities discussed above. You will find yourself better at recalling facts and figures while generally feeling fresher!