Improving Memory & Boosting Your Brainpower

The human brain is an incredible thing. It’s flexible, adaptable, and can #help pick up new ways of thinking and learning even into your older years. This quality is referred to as “neuroplasticity.” If you provide your brain with the right stimulation, and you feel a moderate degree of #stress you can improve your memory. Therefore, if you’re worried that your memory just isn’t what it used to be, then hopefully the suggestions I’ll make later on will be useful for you.

Improving Memory & Boosting Your Brainpower may lead to beneficial results in other areas of your life as well. For example, you may experience:

Improved academic abilities

• Better efficiency at work

• Greater abilities to #fix relationships

• A boost in #self-confidence

• Improved safety and awareness of surroundings

While the cause of memory troubles may differ from person to person, there are some common factors that can negatively affect memory. Examples include:

• #addictions like alcohol and tobacco

• #depression and Sleep deprivation

• #Unhealthy eating

• #Anorexia and bulimia

• Certain diseases and/or injuries to the brain (*consult a medical professional if this applies to you*)

• Excessive #stress

I have some suggestions for improving your memory…

Repeat names when you meet new people (for example, “Nice to meet you, Cindy.”)

Notice landmarks, to help you remember how to get places.

Put important items, like your keys or glasses, in the same place each time.

When you’re trying to remember a new piece of information, link it with something you already know to form a connection between old memories and this new one. For example, if you’re trying to remember that your new coworker is originally from Florida, associate him with the vacation you took to Florida two years ago.

Eat healthy, brain-boosting foods. Omega-3s (found in salmon, tuna, trout, sardines, walnuts, flaxseed, soy beans) are terrific for brain health. Antioxidants (found in leafy green vegetables like spinach and romaine, and in brightly colored fruits like mangoes, watermelon, and blueberries) help to protect your brain cells from damage. Also, limit your intake of saturated fats (found in red meat, cheese, ice cream, whole milk, and butter), as these can lead to poor concentration and memory troubles.

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