Ways to Boost Your Memory

By
M. Chris Wolf, Ph.D.

Ways to boost your memory can be important to your success in life. Even the most organized and collected individuals have found themselves drawing a blank at some point or another when called upon to recite a key piece of information. Fortunately, the information found in this handpicked selection of useful tips is sure to serve you well by helping you to strengthen and enhance your ability to recall information.

Organize the information you're trying to study. Studies have shown that your brain stores similar information in the same spot. So to maximize your studying effort, you want to try and group similar things together when you're studying. Using an outline to group subjects or sub-topics together can be beneficial in the long run.

A great tip for improving your memory with new items that are unfamiliar to you is by associating them with things that you are already familiar with. An example would be to memorize somebody's name by thinking of another person you know that looks similar to them or shares some key characteristic.

If you have trouble remembering things, don't be afraid to take notes, make lists or use a day planner to keep track of your schedule. These helpful tools can take some of the stress out of trying to remember everything on your own. Once you have lowered your stress levels by writing everything down, you may even find that your memory improves, since too much stress can inhibit memory.

More Ways to Boost Your Memory

A great tip for improving your memory is to visualize. This can be important with any procedural or physical type of activity because you might not always be able to do the activity in question, but if you can go through it in your mind it will be the next best thing.

When learning an abundance of new information all at once, it is important to take breaks, even if it is just for five minutes at a time. Letting your mind relax for a few minutes will keep it fresh so that you are able to absorb all of the information.

A great tip for improving your memory is to make sure that you are getting enough sleep at night. This is crucial because without enough sleep, your brain will not be able to operate at its peak potential and you will not be able to process all that you need to.

A well-nourished brain will definitely perform better in terms of memory. Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Also, drink a lot of water. You should drink up to 8 glasses daily. Other ways to improve your diet is to limit the amount of saturated fat, but eat fish or supplements for omega-3 fatty acids (which improves brain function and fights against Alzheimer's).

Using the helpful information, ideas and advice that you have just read can help you to remember. Now put it to use and test yourself at work, home, or school by practicing a variety of new techniques that can help you to efficiently store information in your memory. You will find fulfillment when you now recall information easily and accurately at only a moment's notice.

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