Do you ever have difficulty remembering?
Maybe you’ve misplaced your keys. Maybe you can’t exactly remember your mother’s potato salad recipe. Perhaps you suddenly tune in and remember that your wedding anniversary is only one week away! Do you ever say to yourself or other, “I’ve got such a bad memory”? If so, you aren’t alone. Thankfully, there are plenty of things that you can do to ensure that your mind stays sharp and you don’t go forgetting the important things.
Get Adequate Sleep
As we age, the amount of sleep that we need does drop. However, with everyone’s biology being unique, typically the right amount of sleep falls somewhere between 7 and 9 hours per night.
There’s been scientific studies and memory tests performed on children – Those that were well rested performed up to 20% better than those who didn’t.
Going to sleep at the right time is also important. Staying up too late can mess up our circadian rhythms. There has also been studies on nurses who had to work night shifts. They made significantly more clerical errors than those working during the day.
Stay Active – Physically and Mentally
People that regularly partake in exercise will keep their mind sharp for longer. It’s also a good idea to challenge your mind. Play games, solve puzzles, and introduce yourself to new ideas or problems to solve. Perhaps that involves joining a social group or participating in social outings/activities. Try joining a book club, or going to a museum. Find something that is interesting to you.
If you aren’t a fan of brig crowds or social gatherings, that’s ok. Maybe prioritize spending time with just 1 or to close friends or family members. Whether you are introverted or extroverted, humans are social creatures. Our ability to spend time with others in valuable to our psyche and has been show to reduce symptoms of depression and other mental health issues. If your brain is under stress, this is going to affect your memory in a negative way.
Eat A Healthy Diet
Cut out processed foods and sugar. As you’ve heard, we are what we eat. Keep your diet balanced and your brain will thank you for it.
Our mind and body are very much connected. If you’re overweight and suffering from other obesity related ailments such as high blood pressure or diabetes, you can be sure that if you body isn’t functioning at 100%, then neither is your brain.
Learn Something New
Studies have shown that if you take on the task of learning a new skill like playing an instrument, it will greatly affect your mind’s ability to remember. Try piano lessons or perhaps a new language. Ideally, you’ll want to take on something for the long term – Something that would be difficult to master.
Is your memory getting worse?
If you are concerned about memory loss and it’s starting to have an affect on your day-to-day life, it’s important that you speak to your Doctor. If you’re dealing with something more serious like the onset of Alzheimer’s or Dementia , it’ll be better for you to catch it as soon as possible.