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5 hacks to have superb memory and active mind

5 hacks to have superb memory and active mind

A strong memory is important for optimal functioning and performance in life. Both in personal and professional life, we require performing at our optimal level to achieve our goals.

Regardless of age and situation, it is always better to keep your mind healthy and active by using following lifehacks:

1. Use apps to train your brain

There are many apps available on Apple and Android and most of them are free. Apps like Elevate, Luminosity and Peak are some of the well know apps to train your mind and improve your memory.

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These apps offer games including rapid number flashing and then asking for the users to repeat or recall the numbers. More advanced levels include challenging games focusing on memory improvement, attention, problem solving, mental agility, as well as coordination. By using these apps, you can also develop emotional control and creativity.

2. Use natural roots and Supplements

Ginko leaf extracts are used for memory improvement and students in developing countries often take them during the exam days just to improve their memory and further sharpen it. They are used to treat depression and other mind related diseases but can also be used for general purpose improvement and clarity in your thinking.

Supplements like Nitrovit are also used to improve mood, mental focus, and motivation. Such supplements are especially good to power up your day especially if you are working at a place which requires intense mental focus, concentration, and clarity. But do consult your physician before using any of the memory enhancement supplements and drugs.

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3. Do Physical exercise

Mental exercises are important but physical exercise can also impact our mood, creativity, memory, and attentiveness. Aerobic exercises are considered as most effective for the brain. It is generally said that any exercise which is good for the heart is also good for the brain too so any activity which pumps more blood in your vessels is considered as good for your brain too.

Exercising early in the morning is beneficial as it helps clear the mind fog due to poor sleep habits or other medical conditions. Make sure you incorporate some sort of physical training and exercise in your daily routine to keep your brain healthy and fit.

4. Travel Abroad and Stay

A recent study claimed that people who lived abroad are more imaginative and creative as compared to the people who live in the US. The reason behind this is integration and adaptation of a new culture making expats or tourists imaginative and creative in order to deal with the new cultural challenges.

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There is, however, a catch here… To fully get the benefits of traveling abroad, make sure you stay there for some time. Just visiting exotic places like Bacalar won’t make you creative but if you live with a fisherman from Bacalar and spend time there, you are surely going to get more creative and imaginative. So grab the latest copy of Lonely Planet’s guide for 2017 and plan where you want to stay for good part of next year.

5. Stop multitasking and do mindfulness

Multitasking was once considered as one of the most effective methods for productivity but recent research suggests that multitasking may weaken your memory. As per latest research, 8 seconds is the minimum time required to commit anything to the memory so if you are trying to place your keys at one place while talking on the phone, it is more likely that you will forget where you have kept the keys.

The opposite of multitasking is mindfulness – the deliberate attempt to focus on one task at the hand and completing it to the fullest. Research on mindfulness indicates that those students who have enrolled for the mindfulness classes scored better on reading comprehension and memory.

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So instead of focusing on various tasks, make sure you focus on one action and complete it before moving to another. This will greatly help in achieving desired results in improving your memory.

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Last Updated on June 6, 2019

Science Says Silence Is Much More Important To Our Brains Than We Think

Science Says Silence Is Much More Important To Our Brains Than We Think

In 2011, the Finnish Tourist Board ran a campaign that used silence as a marketing ‘product’. They sought to entice people to visit Finland and experience the beauty of this silent land. They released a series of photographs of single figures in the nature and used the slogan “Silence, Please”. A tag line was added by Simon Anholt, an international country branding consultant, “No talking, but action.”

Eva Kiviranta the manager of the social media for VisitFinland.com said: “We decided, instead of saying that it’s really empty and really quiet and nobody is talking about anything here, let’s embrace it and make it a good thing”.

Finland may be on to something very big. You could be seeing the very beginnings of using silence as a selling point as silence may be becoming more and more attractive. As the world around becomes increasingly loud and cluttered you may find yourself seeking out the reprieve that silent places and silence have to offer. This may be a wise move as studies are showing that silence is much more important to your brains than you might think.

Regenerated brain cells may be just a matter of silence.

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     A 2013 study on mice published in the journal Brain, Structure and Function used differed types of noise and silence and monitored the effect the sound and silence had on the brains of the mice.[1] The silence was intended to be the control in the study but what they found was surprising. The scientists discovered that when the mice were exposed to two hours of silence per day they developed new cells in the hippocampus. The hippocampus is a region of the brain associated with memory, emotion and learning.

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    The growth of new cells in the brain does not necessarily translate to tangible health benefits. However, in this instance, researcher Imke Kirste says that the cells appeared to become functioning neurons.

    “We saw that silence is really helping the new generated cells to differentiate into neurons, and integrate into the system.”

    In this sense silence can quite literally grow your brain.

    The brain is actively internalizing and evaluating information during silence

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      A 2001 study defined a “default mode” of brain function that showed that even when the brain was “resting” it was perpetually active internalizing and evaluating information.

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      Follow-up research found that the default mode is also used during the process of self-reflection. In 2013, in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Joseph Moran et al. wrote, the brain’s default mode network “is observed most closely during the psychological task of reflecting on one’s personalities and characteristics (self-reflection), rather than during self-recognition, thinking of the self-concept, or thinking about self-esteem, for example.

      “When the brain rests it is able to integrate internal and external information into “a conscious workspace,” said Moran and colleagues.

      When you are not distracted by noise or goal-orientated tasks, there appears to be a quiet time that allows your conscious workspace to process things. During these periods of silence, your brain has the freedom it needs to discover its place in your internal and external world.

      The default mode helps you think about profound things in an imaginative way.

      As Herman Melville once wrote,[2]

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      “All profound things and emotions of things are preceded and attended by silence.”

      Silence relieves stress and tension.

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        It has been found that noise can have a pronounced physical effect on our brains resulting in elevated levels of stress hormones. The sound waves reach the brain as electrical signals via the ear. The body reacts to these signals even if it is sleeping. It is thought that the amygdalae (located in the temporal lobes of the brain) which is associated with memory formation and emotion is activated and this causes a release of stress hormones. If you live in a consistently noisy environment that you are likely to experience chronically elevated levels of stress hormones.

        A study that was published in 2002 in Psychological Science (Vol. 13, No. 9) examined the effects that the relocation of Munich’s airport had on children’s health and cognition. Gary W. Evans, a professor of human ecology at Cornell University notes that children who are exposed to noise develop a stress response that causes them to ignore the noise. What is of interest is that these children not only ignored harmful stimuli they also ignored stimuli that they should be paying attention to such as speech. 

        “This study is among the strongest, probably the most definitive proof that noise – even at levels that do not produce any hearing damage – causes stress and is harmful to humans,” Evans says.[3]

        Silence seems to have the opposite effect of the brain to noise. While noise may cause stress and tension silence releases tension in the brain and body. A study published in the journal Heart discovered that two minutes of silence can prove to be even more relaxing than listening to “relaxing” music. They based these findings of changes they noticed in blood pressure and blood circulation in the brain.[4]

        Silence replenishes our cognitive resources.

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          The effect that noise pollution can have on cognitive task performance has been extensively studied. It has been found that noise harms task performance at work and school. It can also be the cause of decreased motivation and an increase in error making.  The cognitive functions most strongly affected by noise are reading attention, memory and problem solving.

          Studies have also concluded that children exposed to households or classrooms near airplane flight paths, railways or highways have lower reading scores and are slower in their development of cognitive and language skills.

          But it is not all bad news. It is possible for the brain to restore its finite cognitive resources. According to the attention restoration theory when you are in an environment with lower levels of sensory input the brain can ‘recover’ some of its cognitive abilities. In silence the brain is able to let down its sensory guard and restore some of what has been ‘lost’ through excess noise.[5]

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          Summation

          Traveling to Finland may just well be on your list of things to do. There you may find the silence you need to help your brain. Or, if Finland is a bit out of reach for now, you could simply take a quiet walk in a peaceful place in your neighborhood. This might prove to do you and your brain a world of good.

          Featured photo credit: Angelina Litvin via unsplash.com

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