Thursday, March 7, 2013

Improve your Memory

Before you can improve your memory the first step is to learn how it works. For memory there is a process your brain goes through where it first acquires or registers incoming information, consolidates and sorts that information and at a later time you have that ability to recall the information that has been acquired and stored.

This is a process of the brain and the nervous system working together, and it contains two kinds of information: knowledge and procedures.

One of the simplest ways to improve your memory is by regularly using it! You can do this is by trying to think differently or remember things you have not thought of in a long time. Using little games like recalling every animal you can think of beginning with a certain letter, or naming every country you have visited (useful if you are well travelled!). This is called flexing your memory and it really makes it more nimble. Just like a muscle, the more you exercise it the bigger it becomes!

Something else that has been proven to enhance your memory is learning a new language. This exercises your brain by exposing it to new, unfamiliar words and sounds that your brain will be forced to absorb and retain. The sheer volume of information required in learning a new language will certainly help your brain exercises and improve your memory... not to mention how it will improve your communication skills.

New studies also suggest that taking short naps during the day improves memory. At the onset of sleep a period of processing begins which boosts your memory.

Don't forget, physical exercise will also make your memory better (especially as you get older) as this aides the blood flow to the whole body (including the brain).

These are just a few simple ways that you can improve your memory starting from right now.