I have liked remembering almost as much
as I have liked living
Although there are many things about the brain which remain a mystery, we have learned a lot about how memory works. Your brain is made up of 100 billion neurons. As you grow, develop, and gain wisdom from life experiences, these neurons become connected to each other and they communicate through these connections. Memories are formed when certain neuron connections in the brain are strengthened by an event. Even though our brain takes in everything, if you do not work to strengthen these connections, you tend to forget.
How can you improve your memory?
An important part of what you remember has to do with how much attention you pay to what is happening around you. If you are intensely focused on a certain thing, your memory of the event will be stronger than something that happened in passing.
How can I strengthen my ability to recall memories?
1. Get some exercise and eat properly. When you keep yourself in shape and eat foods that are good for your mind and body, everything, including your mind, just works better. Sounds like common sense, I know. But that’s because it is!
2. Get enough rest. Research has shown that getting a good night’s sleep is a great way to help boost your memory. Your mind processes everything you went through during the day while you are sleeping. It takes those events and files them away so that you can recall them.
3. Make up a rhyme or song. Try making a rhyme or song out of something you want to remember. The rhyme will stick in your head. Through repetition, you will be much more likely to remember something that you deemed important.
4. Write it down. Just the act of writing something down will help you recall it later. Not only are you thinking about something you wish to remember, but you are also visually focusing on it through writing it down, and adding some tactile senses to the process.
5. Beta-carotene. Beta-carotene has been shown to help with your memory recall. You can get beta-carotene from colorful vegetables, especially carrots. Just one serving a day will be a big boost to your memory.
6. Try to make an acronym. “Every Good Boy Deserves An Egg,” is the acronym many people learn to remember the notes of guitar strings: E-G-B-D-A-E. Make a saying or an acronym out of important information to help you remember it better.
7. Repeat. If there is something that you need to learn or remember, repeat it over and over until it is so deeply ingrained into your mind that nothing will get it out. It is also through repetition that you will be able to learn new skills.
8. Remove the distractions. When you are trying to commit something to memory, any distraction can pull you off track and make it harder to absorb and retain the information. Go somewhere quiet and comfortable and focus on what you wish to deposit into your memory bank.
9. Meditate. Teach yourself to meditate to clear your mind of all of the unimportant thoughts before you begin to study or learn something. It will help make your mind an open book in which you can place information so that you can recall it again later.
The Most Important Tip
These are just a few of the ways to help you get your mind focused on what you need to remember. Of all the techniques listed, sleep may very well be the most important action in your quest to have a better memory. When you are feeling groggy, you cannot focus. and when you cannot focus, you cannot remember things as easily.
Set a regular bedtime and avoid caffeine after a certain time in the afternoon. Then, put some exercise into your daily routine, but avoid doing it late in the evening. You may also want to turn off your computer and television at some appointed time before turning in to give your mind a chance to unwind.
At the end of the day, let your mind relax from the stimulation of all of the day’s events. This will also help ensure that you are able to get a good night’s rest.
Once you have adjusted your sleeping routine to allow for increased memory performance, be sure to use the other tips to help you strengthen your memory. If you can’t remember them, print out this page and refer to it often! (I’m just saying :))