Methods to Improve Your Memory–Don’t Forget This — Health Quick Tips
Take this quick test: Where exactly are your keys? Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? It’s not vital that you remember these facts, but if you find yourself worrying about such lapses, it’s time to make a change. Contrary to popular belief, there are methods you can use to improve your memory. What’s more, you can do it in two short weeks.
For most people, just gaining confidence in their ability to remember helps their memory improve. Why? One theory is the more confident people become the less they worry. And the less they worry, the less mental energy they waste worrying and spend remembering. Here are seven confidence-building, memory-improving techniques for you to try. Add a new one to your-to-do-list every other day, and–well–don’t forget to do it.
1. Jog Your Memory.
Exercise can improve some mental abilities by an average of 20 to 30 percent. So, get your doctor’s okay and hit the gym. You’ll be pumping up your muscles and your memory.
2. Check Your Medication.
Did you know that a variety of medications have been associated with mental impairment? Some antihypertensives, analgesics, and antidepressants, as well as anti-Parkinson’s medication, insulin, and at least one antacid are on the list. A lot of people don’t know what they’re taking. The first step is to figure that out. If you suspect your medication is interfering with your memory, give your doctor a call.
3. Look and Listen.
Take a quick inventory: Are you seeing and hearing as well as you used to? If you can hear and see clearly, you’ll remember more about your everyday experiences. Of course, you may have 20/20 vision and perfect hearing and still not see and hear all that you should. You’re not listening or looking! Pay attention. People let information slip by them. You have to focus on something if you want to remember it.
4. Learn. Imagine that you’ve mastered step 3. Now go one further.
Say to yourself, “I will remember this. I must remember this.” Take responsibility for learning the new information, not just witnessing it.
You can’t do it all at once. A good way to figure out what’s most important to you is to keep track of your frustrations. Find out what you forget that bothers you the most–people’s names or where you put your receipts–and concentrate on remembering those.
6. Help Yourself.
What will help you remember? You be the judge. Individuals need to find out for themselves what works. Pick techniques from these two categories: the physical and the creative. The physical category includes writing things down, setting watch alarms, or using voice recorders. The creative category refers to any memory trick you can dream up on your own.
7. Enlist Help.
Of course, you can’t be expected to do everything yourself. So why not rely on a memory partner for help. A memory partner is someone who doesn’t get upset if you say “Will you remind me…?” more than twice a day.
You probably need several memory partners–someone at home and someone at the office. In fact, you may even already have one or two. Don’t forget to thank them for the memories.