Although many things about the brain are still a mystery, we've learned a lot about memory. Your brain is made up of 100 billion neurons. As you grow up, develop and gain wisdom from life experiences; these neurons become connected, and they communicate through these connections. Memories are formed when an event strengthens individual neuron connections in the brain. Even though our brain takes in everything, if we don't strengthen these connections, we tend to forget.
A big part of what you remember has to do with how much attention you pay to what's going on around you. If you are intensely focused on a certain thing, your memory of the event will be stronger than something that happened in passing. Follow these memory booster tips and see the difference!
1Exercise And Eat Right
Keep yourself in shape. Eat foods that are good for your body and mind, and everything will work better. Sounds like common sense, but that's because it is!
2Get Enough Sleep
Research has shown, getting a good night's sleep is a great way to help boost your memory. Your mind processes everything you went through during the day while you're sleeping. It takes those events and files them away, so you can recall them.
Set a regular bedtime and avoid caffeine after a certain time in the afternoon. Next, put some exercise into your daily routine, but avoid exercising late in the evening. You may also want to turn off your computer and television an hour before bedtime. Let your mind relax from the stimulation of the day's events. This will also help ensure you receive a good night's rest.
3Create A Rhyme Or Song
Try making a rhyme or song out of something you want to remember. The verse will stick in your head. Through repetition, you're more likely to remember something important.
4Write It Down
Just the act of writing something down helps you recall it later. Writing makes you think about something you wish to remember. You're also visually focusing on what you try to remember through writing it down.
5Get Enough Beta-Carotene
Beta-carotene has been proven to help with your memory recall. You can get beta-carotene from orange vegetables, especially carrots. Just one serving a day will be a significant boost to your memory.
6Make Use Of Acronyms
Acronyms help in boosting your memory. "Every Good Boy Deserves An Egg," is the acronym many people learn to remember the notes of guitar strings: E-G-B-D-A-E. Make a saying or an acronym out of important information to help you remember it better.
7Utilize The Repetition Method
If there's something you need to learn or remember, repeat it over and over. Repeat it until it's so deeply ingrained into your mind that nothing will get it out. It's also repetition that enables you to learn new skills; after all, practice makes perfect!
8Remove The Distractions
When you're trying to commit something to memory, any distraction can take you off track. Distractions also make it harder to absorb anything. Go somewhere quiet and comfortable and focus on what you wish to deposit into your memory bank.
9Do Some Meditation
Teach yourself to meditate. Clear your mind of all unimportant thoughts before you begin to study or learn something. It will help make your mind an open book for you to place information in, so you can recall it again later.
These are just some of the ways to help focus your mind on what you need to remember. Of all the techniques mentioned, sleep may very well be the most important action of all in your quest to have a better memory. When you're groggy, you can't focus, and when you can't focus, you can't remember things as easily. Once you've adjusted your sleeping routine to allow for increased memory performance, be sure to use these tips to help you strengthen your memory. If you don't remember them, print out this page and refer to it often!
Jackie Wing is an Alaska native, who enjoys snowboarding more than is probably socially acceptable. She lives in Anchorage with her two dogs Reese and Peanut, or as she likes to call them "Thing 1" and "Thing 2."