These tips on how to improve your memory challenge your brain, change your perspective and might help stave off age-related memory changes in later years. Start improving your memory today by trying one or all of the following exercises.
Mix It Up
Your brain needs to be exercised, just like your body. When you fall into routine behaviors, your brain doesn't "think" like it could. Therefore, change your patterns. Go to a different grocery store. Drive to church via a different route. Brush your hair using the wrong hand. Take a walk in a different area.
Play Memory Games
You can find these online at no cost. Simply go to your favorite search engine and type in "free memory games" and hit the return button. Not only will they help work your memory muscles, they are often a lot of fun.
Find Your Strengths
How do you learn best? Most of us learn by seeing or, in other words, visually. However, not everyone works that way. Perhaps you learn better by listening or by doing. Knowing how you learn the best will help you learn, and therefore remember, more easily.
Learn Contingency Plans
However, don't rely just on one sense. For example, if you are a visual learner, writing the information down or reading the information out loud may help reinforce your memory of the knowledge.
Repeat as Desired
Repetition is your friend. Very few people can memorize information in one pass and have it stick into their long term memory. You need to repeat information over a period of time in order to memorize the facts. This is where a lot of people lose the game, regardless of their age. Some of information that we have to know is boring. For example, just think about some of those snoring-inducing speeches that you had to learn when you were in school. In addition, the repetition required to keep that information in your brain doesn't ring many people's bells. However, keep your eye on the prize. If you decide that your task is exciting rather than boring, you are more likely to succeed. Keep your attitude positive.
According to Diane Ackerman (An Alchemy of Mind - the Marvel and Mystery of the Brain) our brain is shaped a little like a loaf of French country bread, our brain is a crowded chemistry lab, bustling with nonstop neural conversations.
What you do for your body, you also do for your brain. Diet, exercise and stress reduction can all help prevent memory loss provided you commit to practicing these lifestyle changes daily.