It is important to train your memory at least for a few minutes every day. You’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll see the results of such training.
Below you will find a few tips on how to improve your memory:
1. Listen to......classical music!
Especially Mozart. It has been scientifically proven that the music of this composer has a positive influence on the theta brain waves related to memory and logical thinking. We suggest you add some of Mozart’s compositions to your playlist!
2. Train your body and brain
Interval training should be part of your everyday workout routine, no matter if you run, swim, use an elliptical bike or do other sports. If you do interval training twice a week, it will help improve your memory and your decision-making abilities.
Don’t forget about training your brain! There are several easy ways to do it. Like playing the popular „make relations” game.
- Write down a random word on a sheet of paper. Then hide it and write another word that relates somehow to the first one. Then another one – related to the second one. Go on like this for 10-15 minutes and at the end of the exercise try to remember what the very first word was.
- Practice your reading comprehension skills by reading “difficult” content. If we read the same kind of things every day, on topics that interest us, our brain gets used to the repeated words and ideas, and gets lazy. An excellent way to activate it is to change the content to something that we wouldn’t normally read and don’t know much about, as it requires a higher concentration level and stimulates our brain by making it process vocabulary it doesn’t normally use. So, if you normally pick finance, stock market or culture related news and articles, try reading about technology, sports or any other issue not related to your main interests.
3. Declutter and tidy up
Chaos, mess, even when it is “artistic” doesn’t favor good work organization and makes remembering things even more difficult. Messy surroundings make us distracted and lower our efficiency. Spend a couple of minutes every day moving all unnecessary things – on your desk, in your drawer, e-mail box or desktop – away from you.
4. Break your habits
As I mentioned above, repeating the same activities over and over again spoils our brain and makes it lazy. In order to keep it as active as possible, try to occasionally break your long-time habit. For instance, if you are right-handed, try to use your left hand more often. Try by placing your mouse on the left side of your computer. Don’t worry if it takes you a couple of minutes before you can use it well. The effort is worth your while!
5. Snack on foods that boost your memory
You surely realize that your diet is one of the key aspects to keep your body in good shape. It is the same thing with memory. If you want to stimulate it, make sure to snack on foods that contain a lot of vitamin B, C and E, as well as magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium and phosphorus. Fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains and raisins are some of the best sources of vitamins and minerals that your brain needs. So, pick your snacks wisely and cut down on caffeine, cigarettes and alcohol
Use these 5 simple tips and you’ll quickly see improvements not only in your memory and productivity but also in your general well-being.