Improve Your Memory

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Maintaining and improving memory is a key interest of Cognate Nutritionals, makers of Fuel For Thought®. Here are some tips for improving your memory.

The lyrics to a song you loved in college just won’t come to mind. That actor’s name is on the tip of your tongue, but you just can’t spit it out. You’re trying to learn Spanish, but vocabulary and sentence structure keep tripping you up.

Who wouldn’t want a better memory?

Whole systems have been devised to improve your memory. The Internet is replete with websites that claim they can sharpen your memory − for a price, of course.

But there are some tried and true ways to develop a better memory.

Psychology Today on Memory Loss

An article in Psychology Today promises a quick method of memory improvement.

The key to this system is the power of visual images to help us recall. The article details how to create mental images to associate with items on a grocery list that one wants to remember. The author of the article discloses the list and asks the reader to use the words of the old nursery rhyme, “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe.”

Each number has a rhyming visual. “One” has “bun,” “two” has “shoe,” “three” has “tree,” and so forth. If the first item on the grocery list is oranges, then picture a bun filled with oranges. If the second is mustard, picture a shoe covered with mustard. If the third item on the list is pickles, then picture a tree that grows pickles.

The system is supposed to increase your ability to remember the whole list with ease. This little trick could come in handy, and it’s also a good exercise for your mind and your memory.

But what if what you want to remember is more than just a list of items?

There is some evidence than mindfulness meditation, even performed short-term, can affect cognitive function, including working memory. A study published in Consciousness and Cognition found that brief meditation training achieved a variety of effects, including reducing fatigue and anxiety and working memory.

Mindfulness meditation is a practice that is accessible to anyone. There are classes in mindfulness meditation, and much information on the practice is also available online.

Repetition is another way to train ourselves to remember. We all learn through repetition. Just think back to the hours of arithmetic drills that we had to experience before we could add, subtract, multiply and divide numbers in our heads.

Use that power of repetition to improve memory. Repeating things to ourselves or aloud is a good way to help fix those things in our minds. Carefully reading and rereading a piece whose details we want to remember is a good way to help us achieve recall of those details.

The Mayo Clinic offers these seven tips to improve your memory: stay mentally active, socialize regularly, get organized, sleep well, eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, manage chronic conditions.

What are your tips for improving your memory? Please leave a comment to share them with our other readers.

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