Its important to note that the brain is just like a muscle that can be developed. The more you exercise it the more powerful it becomes. Ironically, just like the muscles, not using or exercising the brain can weaken it and cause deterioration.
That being said, it is not very easy to develop a powerful brain, just like your muscles, without an adequate routine or regime that is followed down to the latter. So, in order for one to have a great memory either for academics or regular day to day activities, one must learn to flex his mental faculties.
Here are 8 tips to help boost memory retention:
Visualize Your Activities
Having a mental image of your activities creates an association between your action (where you want to go) and your reaction (what you need to do). That being said, the more vivid your image is, the stronger the association.
Get Sufficient Sleep
Even though not everyone needs the “8 hours’ time frame” of sleep to function at optimum, it is important to know what works for you and stick to it. Beta amyloid is a toxic protein that clogs up the brain when we have a prolonged lack of sleep. It is also important to know that inadequate sleep delays the storage of memories and makes forgetting easier.
Cut Down on Food
According to research, high calorie intake can substantially increase the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment, which is characterized by memory loss and lead to dementia. Cut down on food so as to avoid the double risk of memory problems at old age.
Found in this Chinese beverage is the organic molecule Epigallocatechin-3 Gallate (EGCG), an antioxidant that protects against age-related degenerative disease. Drinking it regularly could aid memory retention and delay Alzheimer’s Disease.
Associate Memory with Environment
Learning to associate events or activities with your immediate environment helps form a pattern for better memory retention. A discussion or lecture learned in the presence of a particular picture or smell will come back to memory in the presence of that particular smell or picture.
Exercise More Often
Exercising not only improves cognitive functions, but also, it enhances good memory faculties. It is thought that exercising encourages the development of new brain cells in the hippocampus, an important area in the brain responsible for memory and learning.
Dancing to music with very strong patterns and rhythms like reggae and dancehall are good for memory and problem-solving. the brain gets more challenged the more complex the dance steps are and its execution.
No to Alcohol
Although alcohol may aid you in falling asleep, it also leads to disrupted night rest. It has negative effects on your concentration and memory. The more you drink, the less deep sleep and Random Eye Movement (REM) you have.
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