November 18th, 2010 10:29 PM by Wendy Thomas
I've had a day full of trying to find misplaced items. While dealing with a lender and an attorney who just can't seem to get their jobs done, I don't have the time to get frustrated with myself over these memory lapses. So I decided, since you should blog about what's on your mind, this is my blog for the day-- ways to sharpen your memory:
1. Indulge in caffeine and chocolate-- sounds ideal to me! :) However, what I've read says it matters where the two come from. You chould try to get your caffeine from black or green teas, which will supply a little boost of energy that makes you feel more alert, and therefore, able to focus better. As far as chocolates, go for the darker kind-- my favorite, so that's an easy one.
2. Get 8 to 9 hours of sleep a night. This is a weakness of mine. I work well when I stay up late and get things done! I do definitely suffer for it when it catches up with me. This one just makes sense-- get plenty of rest, which re-charges your brain, and allows you think more clearly.
3. Exercise your brain. Try new puzzles-- Sudoku or other games that you can do on your own or with others-- or work on learning a new skill, such as a new language, new instrument, etc. this challenges your brain and keeps your brain active.
4. Exercise your body. Exercising regularly gets your blood flowing throughout your body, including your brain. This is another weakness of mine, and I need to work on taking the time for myself, to get enough intensive exercise daily!
5. Train your brain. Have some extra time? One way to strengthen your memory is to look at a photo for a few seconds. Turn the photo over, then make a list of what you saw in that photo-- be descriptive! Check your answers. By doing this on occasion, you again can work on training your brain to notice more details and remember more.
6. Eat the right things! Some food that promote memory are broccoli, blueberries, spinach, and berries, for example. Omega-3 fatty acids appear to promote healthy brain functioning. If you're looking for vitamin supplements, go for the following: Vitamine B12, Vitamin E, Omega 3 fatty acids.
7. Reduce your stress level!! One article I found claimed that chronic stress truly does physically damage the brain. Hmm... Maybe this one alone is my problem?? Get organized, meditate, or just take some time outs for yourself, in order to try and reduce your stress level when you can.
There are no magical answers to how to improve your memory. One thing I've determined today, though, is that I've got to make a conscious effort to improve mine! I am a list maker; I love to make lists and scratch off items as I go. I function very well as far as work goes. But remembering where I left certain things-- today it was my Nikon camera and my key faub-- is another story!