7 Techniques to Improve Your Memory

7 techniques to improve your memory

7 techniques to improve your memory

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to pull a Mike Ross and remember your entire textbook after one reading? While we can’t all have visual memories, there are ways to turn your regular joe memory into super joe memory. Never ever forget the buy apples at the grocery store again — check out these super simple techniques to improve your memory.

1. Play Mind Games

No, that’s not a free pass to play hard to get or anything. Sudoku, crosswords, word searches — these games all require you to exert your brain power. They’re fun, they’re rewarding, and they help improve your memory. I mean think about it, the more you exercise something, the stronger it’ll get. Exercise your brain and the better you’ll be able to remember that friend’s birthday.

Try Shrimp Cocktail at your next party. Squeaky starfish, sombrero adorned shrimp, and quick thinking — what’s not to love?

2. Set a regular sleeping schedule

7 techniques to improve your memory

You know why all nighters don’t work? Your memories solidify their spots in your brain when you’re sleeping. So if you don’t sleep, you’re really not going to remember if it’s The War of a) 1500 b) 1812 or c) 2010 on your midterm in the morning.

Our bodies need sleep. It gives our body a chance to rest, recuperate, and regenerate — including your brain! If you overwork your brain without resting, it’s going to get tired and weak. Set a bedtime and stick to it, so you can make sure you’re getting enough sleep every night. Sleep to improve your memory — yes please.

3. Regularly use mnemonics

Ok, I don’t know how to pronounce it either, but in any case, mnemonics are memory devices used to give an order to larger ideas. These are great for remembering short-term items, like phone numbers or grocery lists:

  • Acronyms – EAT CAKE = Eggs, Apples, Tea, Carrots, Almonds, Kumquats, Eggplant
  • Music – putting the items you want to remember into a song
  • Exaggerating a visualization – calling the plumber turns into a picture of the toilet spraying brown stuff all over the bathroom, into the dry wall, underneath the door into the rest of your house

7 techniques to improve your memory

 

4. Exercise

Let’s add memory onto that enormous list of good exercise does for the body (why don’t we work out again?). We’ve heard it time and time again: Exercise pumps oxygen to your brain, thus energizing it and improving its ability to work. There’s a chemical called norepinephrine, which is activated when you work it out, which is responsible for aiding memory. Also, the reduction of stress is another benefit for exercising and improving your memory.

5. Eat more fruits and veggies

7 techniques to improve your memory

Folate is one of the best minerals for helping to improve your memory, and dark leafy greens are the best sources of folate. That means kale, spinach, and broccoli. Antioxidants are also great for keeping your brain clean from free-radicals, so berries are a great choice as well. Avocados are yet another food that help to improve your memory. Try it in this sandwich for a fantastic memory boosting lunch!

6. Don’t multi-task so much

Us ladies are pretty proud of the fact that we can chew gum and walk simultaneously, but sometimes we’re just caught doing too many things at the same time, that we can’t devote enough attention to one thing — and then we end up forgetting things. How many times have you forgotten where you put down your keys because you were caught up thinking about something else the moment you walked through the door?

Giving more attention to one thing will help to improve your memory.

7. Take up a new skill

7 techniques to improve your memory

Ever wanted to take up piano? Or learn Chinese? Play squash? Well research shows that learning a new skill can help improve your memory. Music and languages in particular connect more neurons together, meaning your brain has an easier time making connections … and remembering things.

Tell us:

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