Can’t remember the name of a person you met yesterday? Can’t find your keys? Forget what is on your shopping list? You are not alone. Everyone forgets things. However, memory loss is nothing to take lightly. Memory tricks can be helpful, even though there are no guarantees when it comes to preventing dementia or memory loss. Without further due, here are 7 simple ways to sharpen your memory.
1. Mental activity
Just as physical activity keeps body in shape, mental activities keep brain in shape, and may keep memory loss at bay. Read a sections of the newspapers which you normally skip. Take alternate routes when you are driving. Do crossword puzzles. Play a musical instrument. Or volunteer at a community organization.
2. Organize yourself
You are more likely to forget things if your notes are in disarray and your home is cluttered. Write down appointments, tasks and other events in a calendar, notebook or electronic device. You may even repeat each entry out loud as you write it down in order to help cement it in your memory. Check off items which you have completed and keep to-do lists current. Set aside a certain place for your keys, wallet and other essentials. Don’t try to do too many things at once. Limit distractions.
3. Socialize regularly
Social interaction helps fight stress and depression, both of which contribute to memory loss. Don’t miss the opportunities to get together with friends, family and others, especially if you live alone. Don’t hesitate when you are invited to attend an event or share a meal.
4. Sleep enough
Sleep has an important role in helping you consolidate your memories. Make sure that you are having enough of sleep. Most adults need seven to eight hours of sleep each day. However, some people need just five to six hours.
5. Physical activity
Physical activity increases blood flow throughout your body, including your brain. This can keep your memory sharp. For most healthy adults, it is recommended at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week, or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity per week. This includes, for example, brisk walking or jogging. It is also recommended that you spread your activity throughout the week. In case you don’t have time for a full workout, try to do a few 10-minute walks throughout the day.
6. Healthy diet
A healthy diet is as good for your brain as it’s for your heart. Eat vegetables, whole grains, and fruits. Choose low-fat protein sources, such as lean meat, skinless poultry and fish. Drink also counts. Too much alcohol or not enough water can lead to confusion and memory loss.
7. Manage chronic conditions
Follow treatment recommendations of your doctor for any chronic conditions, such as kidney or thyroid problems, or depression. Take a good care of yourself, and your memory will work better, too. Additionally, review your medications with your doctor, because many medications can impact your memory.