Until recently out of nowhere I have become quite forgetful. It can be little things like turning off the light before leaving the house. Or how about when I left a package in my trunk for a week that I meant to drop off at UPS, good times.
This is disturbing for me because I typically don’t forget, I remember everything. And I do mean everything. I have been able to recite events blow by blow as if it happened yesterday. Or as if I wrote the script myself.
Some people view the memory area of your brain as a filing cabinet. Basically meaning that you don't really forget anything, it's in there somewhere. It's just a matter of find it.
As you get older, your memory is more likely to play tricks on you. But you can do something about it.
Here are something techniques on how to improve your memory:
1. Say it
For remembering names, say them aloud. You can simply repeat when introducing yourself or use it sometime during the conversation. Saying it yourself will help you remember it.
I can be terrible with names. So I do this myself and it helps.
2. Be present
Be observant. Stay connected. Watch what is going on around you. Too often what is going on in real time is overlooked and your mind starts to wonder. You become distracted and don't really know what's happening around you.
If you don't know what's happening while you are there, how to you expect to remember it later?
3. Write it down
Writing it down is the best memory booster. I do this to remember to do tasks. It also relives the stress of trying to remember it all.
Now, as far as life events go, it would be like keeping a journal or diary. You don't have to write in it every day, recording everything that's ever happened to you.
I mean some things probably are not worth remembering the details of, like how you got your vanilla bean Frappuccino from the Starbucks on Main St at 11:15am like you do every Saturday before you run errands. Snooze…
To make it more interesting and fun you can sketch out memorable events. Make a mini cartoon or comic strip of what took place.
Simple notes will work as well. You just need to include details and important aspects that would trigger your memory.
Leave the novel writing to published authors, I'm sure you have other things to do.
4. Take a break
After learning something new it can be helpful to take it easy. Allow your mind a few moments to take it in and relax before proceeding. Stressing about taking it in will just alter your mental state and impact what you are able to retain.
You'll perform better in a relaxed state.
5. Get your rest
In addition to just giving yourself a mental break, make sure you are getting enough sleep. You brain does not function well when you're sleep deprived.
Experts say 7-8 hours of sleep each night should suffice, I need a solid 8 hours myself.
You can absorb more when you're well rested.
6. Work it out
A run on the treadmill or around the neighborhood isn't just good for your heart and leg muscles, but your brain muscles also. Exercising strengthens and builds cells, doing this aids in your ability to remember.
7. Relax throughout the day
To balance out your work out include calming activities. A calming walk thru the park, meditation or yoga can relax your nerves and help maintain your sanity. Keeping up your relaxation throughout the day will help you recall the details.
Stay away from odd diets and get the right nutrition – If your body is not getting the right level of nutrients more than your memory will suffer. If you cannot stay active and focused, the only thing you'll remember is being sick and in pain.
Generally maintaining a balanced, interesting and healthy life will keep your memory fine-tuned. When you're active mentally and physically, you can retain much more.
Now, hurry and apply these tips before you forget!
What about you? How do you remember things? Do you find yourself becoming more forgetful?