Hi everyone and happy Thursday!
Today I want to talk about something that I have always been fascinated with: how to improve your memory. Whether this is prepping for a presentation, remembering others’ names, or mentally tracking where you left your Air pods, improving your memory can keep you feeling sharp.
You might have heard the term brain fog over the past year and a half. It is a term that describes a lingering sluggish feeling after contracting COVID-19. Even if you have not had COVID-19, the online work/learning environment may have you feeling off. I have some tips that will help if this describes how you’re feeling or just want to find ways to improve your memory (I know I do!)
- Eat less added sugar: eating too much added sugar has been linked to cognitive decline. Sugar can lead to poor memory specifically with short-term memory so next time you reach for that soda replace it with water this will help with both memory and overall health.
- Try a fish oil supplement: fish oil is said to lower the risk of heart disease, reduce inflammation, relieve stress and anxiety, and slow mental decline. Try adding fish oil supplements to your daily routine!
- Try your hand at meditation: meditation has many positive effects on your health with memory and cognition being just a couple. Meditation can help with spatial working memory which is your ability to hold and process information in your mind about the positions of objects in space.
- Get some sleep: short-term memories are strengthened and transformed into long-lasting memories during sleep. Put that phone away before bed and get a good night’s sleep to improve your memory.
- Train your brain: exercising your brain is also a very effective way to boost your memory. There are a variety of fun brain games to keep you on your toes. Try out a new game like a crossword puzzle, tetris, or sudoku. This has also shown a reduction in the risk of dementia.
- Exercise more: exercising your brain helps with memory, and the same goes for exercising your body! If you can’t tell from some past blogs, exercising has an impact on both physical and mental health. Take 15 minutes out of your day to get a quick workout in and hopefully you will be feeling better on the inside and out.
- Eat some chocolate: don’t have to tell me twice! Cocoa has antioxidants called flavonoids that increase blood flow in parts of the brain associated with memory. Choose dark chocolate with a content of 70% cacao (source of antioxidants) or higher.
There are fun, simple, and even tasty ways to improve your memory. I hope these tips can help you remember that last item you need from the grocery store. I’m on my way to get some dark chocolate and fish oil supplements right now!
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