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
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.
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.
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.
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.