As we get older, our cognitive skills decline. However, there are ways that you can help improve your memory, keeping your brain healthy…
It’s never too late to begin improving your memory and there are many activities you can incorporate into your daily life, which can help to improve your cognitive skills.
Here are four easy ways you can start improving your memory today:
Repeating or visualising
One way to remember something is to repeat it to yourself, however it is often easier to remember images – try visualising things or repeating words, see which works best for you.
If you are on the way to the shops and you have three items you need to purchase, instead of writing a list, try repeating the items to yourself on the way to the shop, or think of those items as images. This can help with short term memory.
Play a memory game
There are games that you can play to help flex up the memory muscles, such as pairs. This is where you lay a deck of snap cards face down and you have to turn up a pair to take them away. You repeat this until all of the cards are removed. It’s a great way to improve memory.
If you have any technology such as a tablet or smart phone, there are plenty of similar memory games you can download and play.
Play a game of cards
A game of cards, whether that’s Crazy Eights, Rummy, Snap or Uno, are good to keep your brain and memory active as you play.
These games keep you focused on the cards and the game at hand, but you are also actively remembering the rules of the game as you play.
Learn new skills with a hobby
Whether this is knitting, playing the piano, learning a language, or taking up a different craft or sport, learning new skills is a great way to not only improve memory, but also brain function.
Other benefits of taking up hobbies is that you can use it to meet new people. Memory can start to decline with lack of social engagement, it’s healthy to make new friends too.
Eat brain-boosting foods
Regular intake of certain foods that are rich in omega-3, such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, flaxseed, spinach, broccoli and soy beans. The omega-3 fatty acid DHA is found to reduce mental decline as it helps the neurological brain functions.
Although it was not proven to help improve memory, these types of foods are healthy for brain function.
Drink green tea
Green tea is filled with antioxidants that protect against free radicals which can cause damage to your brain cells.
Drinking green tea regularly can assist you with your memory and slow down the ageing of the brain. It also helps to aid digestion so can be particularly beneficial to drink with a meal.
Have a consistent sleeping pattern
Getting the correct amount of sleep is vital for your memory and brain. If you are tired, your brain is less reactive and may cause cognitive problems. During deep REM sleep is when your brain processes the thing you need to remember and gets rid of anything you don’t need to keep in your brain in the long term.
Try to go to bed at the same time each night and set an alarm to wake you up at the same time everyday. A consistent routine such as this will help you to feel healthier and more awake.
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