Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Tips For Improving Your Memory

Being forgetful lately? Perhaps the following tips can help:
  • Choose a spot. If you're forever losing your keys, eyeglasses, etc..., designate a spot to keep them when you're not using them.
  • Make a list. It's OK. Even the simple act will help reinforce your memory.
  • Talk to Yourself. Saying "I've shut the garage" to yourself after you've done it gives you an extra verbal reminder-in case you forget.
  • Visualize. Create a visual image in your mind to make incoming information more memorable.
  • Use mnemonics. Mnemonics are memory aids - rhymes and acronyms, for example-that can help you remember lists, name, addresses and so on.
  • Get your ZZZs. Studies show that people remember recently learned information if they've had a good night's sleep.
  • Get Moving. Keeping up the blood flow to your brain enhances its cognitive functioning.
  • Eat for your brain. Hear-healthy foods also protect the brain. Fruits and vegetables, cold-water fish, and nuts such as almonds, pecans an walnuts may help keep your memory strong.