I must admit, my memory is starting to catch up with my current age. I’m not going to lie but simple things such as misplacing my phone, failing to do a task or a chore and forgetting my passwords happens more often. Several checklists and to-do lists start to pile around my computer and work desk just to make sure I haven’t forgot anything to do on a particular day or week.
I’ve gathered and created a list of activities from various web sources on the things everybody should try to boost memory. Here are some memory improvement activities to try:
- Play brain games such as crossword puzzles.
- Doze off and make it at least 6-8 hours a day. Little do people know that lack of sleep can hurt your memory.
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet.
- Always relate new information to something you already know.
- Visualize concepts and ideas to improve memory.
- Master a new skill – cooking, woodworking, pottery, painting or any kind of activity that can cultivate a new skill.
- Use Mnemonics for easy recall.
- Stay curious. The brain’s dopamine reward circuitry fires up when people are curious about finding answers.
- Read more often and say it out loud. Whether it is books, short stories, news, etc.
- Exercise more often. Activities such as walking, brisk walking or taking the stairs are a good start!
- Teach new concepts to others as it enhances understanding and recall.
- Learn something before going to bed because it has a higher chance of recall the next day.
- Use imagery to associate a word or someone.
- Indulge in chocolate. Eating chocolate can improve your memory, said Oxford University scientists, who tested 2,000 volunteers. My favorite activity and a new excuse for eating chocolate!
- Drink a glass or two of red wine as it improves cognitive ability and memory. Cheers!