8 Tips To Help Harness Your Memory

8 Tips To Help Harness Your Memory

As an experienced ambassador, I know that having a poor memory can be tricky to manage. Maybe you’re starting university, or trying to hold down an important relationship. It can be a demon at interviews when searching for employment. Unfortunately, memory loss can soak up your seconds and status as you try to complete tasks in day-to-day life.

I’ve been in many daunting situations before. I’ve forgotten many passwords and appointment times. I’ve forgotten the names of people I don’t know too well, or haven’t seen for a long time, and forget what they tell me about themselves. I often take notes when reading a book, because I often forget what I read as well.

However, when looking back, I can’t deny that after finding the memory tips available now, I probably could have done more to improve my lifestyle in previous years. In fact, I can still possibly improve it further today. After writing this article, I may well refer back to it and try using this advice more myself.

Here are a few tips to help you deal with the memory problems within your life. Some may work well for you; some may not. However, if you’re one to feel frustrated by a poor memory, it’s worth running through them all to see how useful they are.

Stay Mentally Active

After a certain age, we all tend to understand that regular exercise keeps your body in shape. But this doesn’t always refer to your physical side. It’s just as true to say that doing a few mentally stimulating activities can help keep your mind healthy as well, and maybe shrug off some memory problems.

Chess board

There’s plenty of options. Why not do a few crosswords or sudoku puzzles? There are so many free smart phone apps that offer mental stimulation too. Taking up a new hobby is always a positive move to make as well, so why not take up a musical instrument, or try and learn a foreign language?

Stay Physically Active

Physical activity helps as well. When taking on the sport, running around the block or doing cardio at the gym, you’re always exercising and improving blood flow around your body. The brain is a part of the body, and memory improvements may well be noted when this task takes place.

Jogger

Exercise can also keep you mentally motivated; it keeps you more positive. Feeling good for getting yourself some exercise helps ward any senses of stress and depression, two other negative habits that are linked to memory loss.

Follow a Set Routine

With a set routine available, you’re simply calming your memory down as you continue to follow it. You know what to expect, so fewer demands for further thought are made.

Calendar

It’s always smart to make a note of any regular activities in your diary or calendar. Taking your medication for epilepsy at a set time tends to be a good idea too, along with other ‘must-do’ tasks throughout the day.

Adapt to your Surroundings

Wherever you live, try and adapt your home to fit your settings. It’s often handy to buy yourself a notice board, or maybe keep a notepad close to your house phone to write down messages. Keeping your important items in the same place will help you out as well.

Use Memory Aids

Don’t be afraid to take advantage of the many memory aids available. This list includes:

  • Notebook
  • Diary/calendar
  • Voice recorders
  • Lists (shopping lists, task lists, )
  • Alarm clock
  • Pill reminder box for medication
  • Mobile phone alarm
  • Smart-phone applications
  • Post-It notes
  • Wall chart or wipe clean memo board
  • Photo album or memory book
Digital Voice Recorder
My digital voice recorder – a useful tool at university

Whether you’re at work, at home or out socialising with others, find out what helps you out in certain situations and keep it where you need it.

Stay Socially Active

Six Friends

Don’t get caught up with too much work; socialising on a regular basis is always important. It always keeps you more positive and helps deal with any feelings of stress and depression that often lead to memory loss. Keep the window open so you can stay in touch with family and friends – especially if you live on your own

Sleep Well

Sleeping plays a key role in stimulating your brain, and therefore gives you a better memory for the following day. Most adults are advised to get 7-9 hours per night, although due to my fatigue through epilepsy, at least 9 hours is what I look to obtain.

Eat A Healthy Diet

Vegetables

There are many differing articles telling others how to eat a healthy diet across the internet. But generally speaking, eating fruit, vegetables, and whole grains tends to be given the nod by most people. High amounts of alcohol are something to avoid as well – I’ve gathered benefits from this since I gave it up a few weeks back.

Generally Speaking, Just Keep Yourself Well

There’s a lot of different things you can do to improve your wellbeing, and by getting yourself in a positive state of mind, you’re going to improve a poor memory if you have one.

Recommended by author Deepak Chopra, I now practice meditation during both the morning and night. It’s boosted my positivity over the past few months, and leaving it out of my daily regime just doesn’t feel right anymore. Having said that, I know meditation isn’t a good idea for some people with epilepsy; it can cause seizures as well, so be careful when beginning.

If you’re trying to find a way to manage stress and depression, then I think you’ve got to find the right method for you. Don’t be too impatient with a new process, but when you feel that progress isn’t coming along as it should be, don’t be afraid to take on another approach towards these problems.

Due to my memory loss and a fair few other issues, I’ve decided to put my name down for Vagus Nerve Stimulation, which I mentioned in my latest personal review. There are also tests you can also get from your doctor to check your memory.

If you want to read more about wellbeing with epilepsy, click here to view more information on the Epilepsy Action website. They also offer a few useful tips on how to manage specific memory problems with epilepsy. As I mentioned earlier, specific memory problems include remembering to complete tasks, remembering the names of others, remembering what you are reading, etc.

And Don’t Let It Get You Down!

One thing every person must do is never lose belief in their ability. I’m crap at general knowledge now, but there’s much more to intelligence than that.

If you can’t answer a question in front of somebody else, you should never feel embarrassed. If any person chooses to judge you because of it, it’s their choice, but judging others has never done anybody any favours. Just accept what has happened and move on.

 

Chess by Jannes Pockele / Lenzie Jog by Martin Alvarez Espinar / Calendar by Shinji

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