Tips to improve your memory

Frustrated that you are frequently forgetting things or do you simply want to boost your brainpower? There are a couple of ways that can help to improve your memory and speed up your thought process.

Don’t skip your workouts

Physical activity helps to keep your brain sharp as it increases oxygen to your brain and reduces the risk for disorders that can lead to memory loss, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Exercise is also beneficial as it stimulates the chemicals in the brain that affect the health of brain cells, the growth of new blood vessels in the brain and the survival of new brain cells. A study at the University of British Columbia found that regular aerobic exercise boosts the area of the brain involved in verbal memory and learning.

Challenge your brain

Strengthen your brain by challenging it with unfamiliar activities that are out of your comfort zone, as when you are good at something it isn’t a good brain exercise. Select an activity that requires mental effort, as the best brain-boosting activities demand your full attention and that is a skill you can build upon. Brain games, crosswords and puzzles are all good ways to keep your brain sharp.

Get enough sleep

Sleep is important for memory and learning, therefore a lack of it can impair your thinking ability. A good night’s sleep is vital to good health so if you are struggling to get enough shut-eye at night then try taking a nap in the day to boost and restore brainpower. Another solution is implementing a regular sleep schedule where you go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning.

Eat brain-boosting foods

The gut and the brain are fundamentally linked, everything we eat or drink can influence our brain. Certain foods contain specific key nutrients that the brain needs to ensure that our memory remains in good condition. These include antioxidants, good fats, and certain vitamins and minerals. The following foods can have positive effects on your memory: berries, apples, citrus, peppermint tea, whole milk, butter, full-fat yoghurt, coconut oil, mackerel, eggs, spinach, chicken, bananas, salmon, sardines, anchovies, kale, brussels sprouts, cabbage and broccoli.

Minimise stress

Stress can be harmful to your memory as high levels of stress hormones such as cortisol seem to impair function. When we are stressed we are less able to process information and take it in, therefore it is important to try to manage stress levels. Meditation can help to improve stress, focus, concentration, creativity, memory, learning and reasoning skills.

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