How to Improve Your Memory
You are strolling at the mall when a stranger bumped at you. Because of the strength of the impact, your eyeglasses fell from the bridge of your nose down to the tiled floor. You went down to your knees and started the hopeful search. For just one moment, you got hold of your eyeglasses. It was broken.
With your shattered eyeglasses and blurry vision, you decided to go home. You reached the doorstep of your apartment and… oh no! You forgot to drop by the grocery and buy some goods. You also forgot to pay the electric and phone bills. You have an empty refrigerator, dysfunctional eyeglasses, a past due electric bill, and a phone that is about to go over the minutes. Why did you forget to do so many things?
Two major factors affect the sharpness of your memory, internal and external. Internal factors include your state of health, emotion, and motivation. On the other hand, external factors refer to distractions from your environment. How can you enhance your memory?
One way is asking yourself the question, “Am I forgetting anything?” Forgetting to do the simple tasks of purchasing goods from the store and paying your bills actually makes sense, because your attention was focused on your damaged eyeglasses during those times that you should be remembering to do the planned tasks. When you are depressed, anxious, regretful, excited, happy, or currently under the influence of any other emotion, always ask yourself, “Am I forgetting anything?”
While it is true that emotions greatly affect the normal functioning of the brain, don’t let emotions diminish your productivity. Train your brain to counteract the negative forces of emotion. Contemplate on the more important things that have to be done. Your efficiency will not only increase, but you will also feel better.
Another way is to give in to your bodily needs. Before starting to study, be sure that you feel comfortable. Eat if you are hungry, drink if you are thirsty, rest if you feel worn out, get well if you are sick, and sleep if you feel drowsy.
However, do not attempt to study just after eating, especially if you are satiated. Let your stomach digest the food first. Sometimes, it is hard to concentrate when the stomach is full.
One of the best times to study is just after a nap or a good night’s sleep. Like the heart, the brain does not stop working even when you are sleeping. Most of the damaged cells of our brain and other body parts are being rejuvenated while we sleep. This is why information retention is the highest just after sleeping.
Do not waste your time and effort memorizing your lessons when your body aches. Stay healthy and relax for a while. If you force your brain to work, you will just get worse and you will not understand what you are studying.
Memorizing can be made easier if you first satisfy your body’s basic demands.
Eating the right kinds of food and doing physical exercise are other means to improve memory. The brain only gets its nourishment from the food and fluid that we intake. We must eat a well-balanced diet and drink plenty of water and fruit juices. In order to produce good output, the brain must also be fed with good input.
Another important thing to do is exercise. Exercise is good for the body, particularly for the heart and brain. There are three main aims of exercise - flexibility, endurance and balance. If we exercise, we specifically improve the condition of our brain because it is the core control of our body. The brain and other internal organs also need to score high on the three aims of exercise. The healthier your brain is, the more knowledge you can grasp and the sharper would be your memory.