November 27, 2020

10 Proven Methods To Improve Your Memory And Retention Capacity

As we age, our brain cells mature, and our brain starts getting older and slower. It is said that as we grow old, we possess an increased level of experience and wisdom, which we can further increase, but not without proper guidance and assistance. That is where brain training sessions or brain games come into the picture. Brain games are proven to help in maintaining and increasing one’s level of intelligence. People lose the ability to concentrate properly and their memory starts failing.

As we all know, age decreases the retention power of our brain, which makes us forget certain aspects of our life, objects or even memories. This is when these games prove themselves essential. Psychologists and neurologists are of the opinion that spending a minimum of 15 to 20 minutes on a daily basis with these memory improvement techniques and brain training games will do wonders for your mind power. So, let us take a look at the top 10 things you can do to improve your memory:

1. A Good Night’s Sleep Is Always Beneficial

When you sleep, your mind is at rest, which causes your brain to solidify the links shared by the neurons in your brain, which in turn boosts your power to remember. The best way to sharpen your mental skills is to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep on a daily basis.

Furthermore, certain forms of long-term potentiation, a neural process associated with the laying down of learning and memory, can be elicited in sleep, suggesting synaptic connections are strengthened while you slumber. So, get your fair share of sleep starting from today!

2. A Little Exercise Is Another Good Method

Doing some workout is good for the entire body, as well as for the brain. Jogging regularly balances your heart rate, which increases the flow of blood to your brain, thereby boosting your memory power. Other than jogging, you can opt for running, cycling and swimming for at least 40 minutes every day. Any physical activity that includes effective eye-hand coordination is good for your brain.

During exercise, the neurons release proteins known as neurotrophic factors. Particularly, Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), triggers numerous other chemicals that promote neural health, and directly benefits cognitive functions, such as learning.

3. Avoid Multitasking As Much As Possible

People say that multitasking shows off the ability of your brain to handle multiple tasks at a single go. But the concept is entirely wrong. In fact, researchers are of the opinion that due to multitasking, we lose focus and concentration, which causes memory loss, i.e., we forget certain things. That is why you will see that when you read a book and talk to someone, you cannot do either properly.

The opposite of multitasking is mindfulness, which helps you achieve complete focus. Students who took a mindfulness class improved their reading comprehension test scores and working memory capacity, as well as experienced fewer distracting thoughts. If you find yourself trying to complete five tasks at once, stop and focus your attention back to the task at hand.

4. Try Some Age-Old Herbal Remedies

For many centuries, our elders have taught us that the consumption of herbs for mental growth is always beneficial. This fact is absolutely true. Herbs like Ashwagandha are extremely good for boosting one’s memory, as well as curing brain-related diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Also, naturally occurring oils such as fish oil, help the neurons in our brain to grow properly, which reduces the chances of becoming prey to several neuron-degenerative illnesses.

5. Make Effective Use Of Mnemonic Devices

These devices are extremely useful tools which allow your brain to efficiently absorb anything and everything into your memories. The use of acronyms, rhymes, and acrostics is considered to be an extremely smart move to improve your memory capacity. For example, to remember the names of vegetables you have to buy, use their acronyms and form a meaningful world, or create rhymes in your head to remember the names of the people you meet.

Also, try brain games! If you decide to try brain games, ideally it would be wise to invest at least 20 minutes a day, but no more than five to seven minutes is to be spent on a specific task as, when you spend longer amounts of time on a task, the benefits lose their effectiveness.

6. Being Mentally Active Is Always Useful

Keeping your mind and brain active is an extremely beneficial idea. Activities like solving crossword puzzles, playing brain games on apps, etc. are challenging for your brain, which basically increases the level of activity your brain goes through. This has been known to improve your memory and retentive capacity.

7. Try To Stay Organized

A messy house creates blocks in your memory, as you cannot remember where you might have put a certain item. Keeping your house organized makes it easier for you to remember things, as well as to create a healthier habitat for you.

10 Quality Quotes That Will Turn Your Life From Zero To Hero

8. Try Your Hand At Some Meditation For A Change

Yogic experts are of the opinion that meditation can help you remember anything you want, as long as you have read, seen or heard it. Such information always exists in our brain, and meditation is key in accessing these stored memories for future use at any time you want. Meditation also boosts your level of focus.

9. Try To Balance The Stress Levels

People suffering from depression and chronic stress suffer regularly from the problems of memory loss due to brain cells being damaged. The best way out of this problem is to join a laughing club to reduce your level of stress. In addition, try to make a habit out of listening to some soothing music, as music has been known to be an amazing stress buster for many years now.

10. Eat Right

A healthy diet goes a long way in inducing the growth of new brain cells, as well as helping you in boosting your memory power. There are some food items which you can consume that are known to induce an increased retentive capacity in your brain. As discovered by researchers, our brain consumes at least 20 to 25 percent of our daily energy intake. So, it is essential to eat right to keep your body healthy and your mind sharp.

The foods you eat and don’t eat, play an essential role in your memory. For instance, broccoli, celery, cauliflower, and walnuts contain antioxidants and other nutrients that protect your brain health and may even stimulate the production of new brain cells.

Increasing your animal-based omega-3 fat (found in fish oil) intake and reducing the consumption of damaged omega-6 fats (found in processed vegetable oils) to balance your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio, is also essential. Coconut oil is another fat resource for brain function. Just over two tablespoons of coconut oil can work as a preventive measure against degenerative neurological diseases, or as a treatment for an already existing one.

Liked this story? We’ll send you more. Subscribe to our newsletter and get handpicked stories delivered straight to your inbox every day.

Buzzativ is available on Telegram & Messenger too, click to join.

People Reading Now

Clever Ways On How You Can Rock The Party Even Though You’re All Alone

We’ve all been in this situation. You’re home about to enjoy a nice relaxing night watching Netflix and your buddy calls you and tells you...

8 Differences You’d Easily Notice Between Single And Committed People

Things change drastically when you seriously enter into a relationship. The usual stuff will take a back seat and you tend to make changes...

10 Things You Can Do Before Turning 30 Which Are Within Your Capabilities

During our childhood, we all dream of remarkable achievements. Regrettably, not every aspiration gets realized and it will supplement your dissatisfied thoughts. However, on...

Recommended For You

8 Definite Signs That Shows Your Woman Truly Loves You

Short of seeing her reaction when you ask her for one of her kidneys, is there any way to tell whether she’s really feeling that love?

8 Reasons Why Women Are Better At Money Management Than Men

There are a lot of things that women can do better than men, and vice versa, but that’s not what we’re here to talk...

Expectations Since 2010 – ‘If It’s Eid It Must Be Salman Khan’s Movie’

For devoted fans, Eid isn’t complete without a Salman Khan movie hitting the screens. We rewind to see how this annual extravaganza has added...

Have You Ever Wondered What Would Happen If All Men Had Breasts?

Have you ever wondered what your life would be like with a pair of breasts? What if you woke up one daybreak, glanced inside...

30 Uniquely ‘Russian Things’ That Would Be Impossible Elsewhere

Russia is a strange country. Let's say a strange world of its own. The massive size of Russia makes it stand out on the...

15 Workplace Wisdoms From Chanakya That Are Relatable Even Today

Many of us are acquainted with the success stories of Microsoft, Ford, or Apple. We have a mindset that what you are taught in...

These People Will Have A Tough Time Trying To Cover Up Their Awkward Tan Lines

Summer is great for getting some color on your skin but it also means ugly looking tan line. Just like these people. Guess this is all normal in summer.. or are these a little too extreme?

36 Beautiful Adult Stars Who Are As Gorgeous As Mainstream Celebrities

They say beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. The blunt truth is that successful adult stars need to be beautiful enough to...

26 Things That Proves You Are Truly Addicted To Travelling And Love It

Travelling makes you wiser! It opens up your mind and the ability of intermingling with people of different cultures. Travelling also builds up your...

After Watching This You’ll Know Engineers Aren’t That Smart After All

Most kids mug up stuff, find shortcuts to pass the exams and pay very little attention to current affairs.

10 Awkward Indian Couples That Are Living In A World Of Their Own

Some couples are sweet, some are too romantic, but these couples are both funny and awkward. It says love is blind, and yes it can...

20 Idiots Who Were Caught Red-Handed By Their Bosses On Social Media

When it comes down to it, lying is never good. Sure, it might seem like the best option in a desperate situation, but lying...
Share via