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It’s completely natural to forget something especially if you’re busy! While this is normal and happens to everyone (including me), it’s frustrating not remembering something at the time you should remember it.
Your genetics do play an important role when it comes to cognitive abilities. However, your diet and lifestyle play a more important role when it comes to having a good memory.
By learning how to improve your memory, your work life, as well as your personal life, will be much better as you won’t forget all the important things.
Ready to sharpen your memory and boost your brainpower?
10 Natural Ways To Sharpen Your Memory
1. Say No to Sugar
Eating sugar has been linked to causing multiple health issues including obesity and a few chronic diseases. Excessive consumption of sugar may lead to problems such as diabetes, heart diseases, tooth cavities, mood swings, and more.
Sugar may give you temporary happiness but in the long term, it has no nutritional value and it makes us dull.
Eating sugar not only makes us feel lethargic and sloppy but also does severe damage to our brains according to research. Replace sugar with agave, stevia, jaggery, and honey. Ditching sugar will be the best decision you take to sharpen your memory.
2. Get Adequate Sleep
Your attention span decreases, your energy levels drop, you keep forgetting things as all you remember is your bedtime sleep.
Lack of sleep can make you feel too tired to exercise. Over time, lack of exercise will result in you gaining fat and being lazy both affecting your memory energy. Studies show that good quality sleep leads to better memory performance.
A good night’s sleep ensures your body is pumped up, charged, and ready to kick ass the next day. Research suggests that 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night can be perfect for your health.
3. Make Time for Meditation
If you truly want to change your life for the best, meditation might be the best option for you. Not only does it have numerous benefits like better sleep, higher concentration, increased productivity, more energy but it can also reduce stress, control anxiety, enhance self-awareness, boost emotional health, helps to increase attention span, etc.
The best part, it can help solve all your memory problems like aging memory loss or weak short term or long term memory.
Meditation also makes you a more humble person. Just 15 minutes of meditation every day can make amazing changes for you. Here’s a YouTube video on meditation you can do. Try it out.
4. Run Away from Alcohol
We all know this. Too much of anything is bad just as consuming too much alcohol can severely impact your memory. Consistently consuming excess alcohol can also cause temporary blackouts which aren’t a good sign for your body as well as your mind.
Regularly drinking alcohol aggressively damages the hippocampus, a part of your brain that plays a vital role in memory. That doesn’t mean you need to stop drinking altogether.
Drinking a glass or two on an occasion is perfectly normal and may have a few health benefits too, only excessive drinking will unsharpen your memory.
5. MBW (Maintain Body Weight)
Maintaining a proper physique and normal weight is an important factor when it comes to sharpening your memory. That doesn’t mean you need a Greek God-like body, No. That’s just good for looks.
If you’re obese, try to lose weight, if you’re skinny try gaining weight. Obesity has many detrimental effects, one of them being a bad memory. It also increases body inflammation and insulin which have been shown to affect memory.
Alzheimer’s disease, a disease that slowly destroys cognitive function is found in obese people more than in people with normal weight.
6. Exercise Your Brain
Is there a fun way to sharpen your brain? Yes, by doing the one thing you absolutely love – Playing. Exercise your cognitive skills by playing video games. It can be any kind of game as each game has certain aspects which may improve cognitive skills.
Sudoku, Crossword, Chess are a few excellent games for your brain. So the next time your mom stops you from playing, tell her that playing games improve cognitive abilities.
Just don’t overdo it, as with everything, excessive gaming can have a lot of side effects and problems such as depression, anxiety, and stress.
7. Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness is an ancient practice followed in Hinduism and Buddhism where you focus on the present situation and forget everything else around it. Be aware of your surroundings and feelings but focus on the task at hand.
It has been suggested that your meals should be mindful eating instead of binging on Netflix while having your dinner. Though mindfulness and meditation may feel the same, they have a lot of differences among them, here’s an article that points out 5 differences between mindfulness and meditation.
Studies have shown time and again that mindfulness can lower stress and increase memory powers. It also helps in maintaining age cognitive decline and many other added benefits come with practicing mindfulness.
8. Stick to Memory Boosting Foods
There are certain foods that help boost your memory. While some cause harmful effects on your health and mind. Superfoods like turmeric, ginger, blueberries, salmon, sardine, eggs, pumpkin seeds are a few foods that boost your memory.
Anything which is processed or packaged must be avoided, especially sugar-rich foods like chocolates.
Note: The foods you eat play a vital role in keeping your brain healthy.
Fresh vegetables and fruits are also great for your brain. All these foods help improve mental tasks such as concentration. It’s easier to find junk food over healthy food, I get it.
Try your best to not fall into junk eating, one way could be always carrying around healthy food everywhere you go.
9. Exercise More
Exercise is not only good for your body and heart but it’s also good for your brain. Did you know that by exercising 10 minutes every day you are also improving your cognitive skills!
Exercising has multiple benefits, the best ones being less overall body fat and improved memory. You don’t need to buy an expensive gym membership to start reaping the amazing benefits of exercise.
Running for 15 minutes or jogging for 30 min or walking for 1 hour four days a week is not bad. Along with exercise, stretching has also been proved to be extremely good for your body and that what is good for your body is good for your memory. Exercise is not limited to any age group.
Anyone and everyone must do some form of exercise to sharpen their memory. Just be sure to be consistent with your exercise.
10. Think Wild
You need to expand your brain, to unleash its powers. Think bigger, set huge goals, goals which seem impossible to achieve are exactly the kind of goals you should think about.
Keep pushing yourself, if others say they can’t do it, that means you can do it. The more you think, the more ideas you’ll get, the more execution will take place, the more you’ll learn.
The simplest way to sharpen your memory is by doing more, it can be doing more push-ups or doing more business work, or doing more mediation. Memory power is directly related to the number of productive things you do every day.
Getting into this mindset will push your brain into accomplishing more which in turn will sharpen your memory.
How to Sharpen Your Memory
We discussed 10 simple ways to sharpen your memory. There are many more fun, technical, practical, and delicious ways to improve memory power. Start experimenting with what works best for you and try including it in your life.
If you feel like eating chocolates, eat high-quality dark chocolate. Dark chocolate has been proven to boost brain abilities.
Anytime you indulge in junk, take 5 seconds think about the consequences, and restrict yourself from indulging in it.
A healthy body is a healthy brain. If you eat junk your productivity levels will also be like that.
Try adding a few of these memory-boosting strategies and see yourself getting smarter day by day
Are you following a few of these ways to sharpen your memory? Let me know in the comments below.
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