5 Ways to Improve Your Memory
Your mind is like a file cabinet—or for a more modern reference, a computer. Your brain stores information in mental “files.” When you need the stored information, your brain pulls up the appropriate file. Of course, this is a simplistic explanation, and as we’ve all experienced, the brain can’t always find the file that it’s looking for. Although there are probably more than 5 ways to improve your memory, we will offer 5 for now.
As we age, mental file retrieval becomes less and less reliable. It is only human to forget things from time to time. All of us have forgotten the name of an associate or where we put our keys at some time in our lives. While this is frustrating, it is not cause for any alarm.
Types of Memory
There are two basic divisions of memory:
- Short term memory
- Long term memory
Short Term Memory
This is another term for working memory. Information that you will need to remember in the near future is stored here. For example, if you need to pass an important message to your spouse, you will store that message in your short term memory.Long term memory is the information that is retained simply because it is of importance to you. You store the names of friends and relatives as well as your special memories in your long term memory banks.
Long Term Memory
This is an umbrella term that we use to describe several types of memory including explicit memory, implicit memory, and semantic memory. Explicit memories contain information that took repeated effort to remember; learning your multiplication tables, for example. Implicit memory contains information that you need to recall automatically in order to complete tasks. When you drive your car, you use memories stored in your implicit memory bank.
Semantic memories are types of information that are deeply ingrained in your memory banks. We can recall this information without any great effort at all. An example is the days of the week. As we age, our explicit memory abilities may be compromised. However, our implicit and semantic memory abilities do not change much.
How to Improve Your Memory
If you are concerned about your memory, you may want to take steps to improve it. While there is no cure for memory loss, you can improve your ability to recall information by using certain proven techniques. In this way, you can sharpen your memory and recall new information more easily.Here are some tips:
1. Associate new information with other information.
One way to make new information easy to recall is to try to make that information relevant to your life. For example, your new co-worker’s name might be the same as your daughter’s name. This is one way to remember that tidbit of information.
2. Get organized.
Improving your organizational habits can actually help improve your memory. Not only will your memory be better, but you won’t have the anxiety and worry that goes along with misplacing common items.
For example, you may want to keep your keys and other frequently used items in the same place. If you can’t find your keys or your glasses, you just need to go to that certain spot to find them. You may need to train yourself to put your keys and glasses away when you are done using them.
3. Use a planner.
Keep a list of things that you need to do each day in the planner. This can help your memory and ensure that you do the things you need to do each day.
4. Create an address book.
This book should contain the addresses and phone numbers of friends and family, as well as any other important information you may need.
5. Start Taking Nootropics.
Boosting your memory with nootropics is a fairly common goal and there are a lot of choices out there. Most people will find that using Piracetam or Aniracetam is enough to boost their memory, but you can derive even greater benefit by taking your racetam with a choline supplement.
Piracetam enhances memory and cognitive performance. It slows down the aging process on the brain, increases blood flow and oxygen into the brain, aids in the recovery after a stroke and improves Alzheimer’s, Down syndrome, senile dementia and dyslexia. Piracetam a derivative of GABA, is one of the few racetams which can inhibit brain damage caused by a variety of factors including a lack of oxygen to the brain and even excessive alcohol consumption.
Although there are many “racetams” that are known to improve memory and cognitive functioning, Piracetam remains the most widely used and the oldest and most well known.
Serious Memory Issues
If you experience more serious issues with your memory like forgetting how to use a telephone or where you live, you should see a doctor right away. These types of occurrences can be signs of more serious conditions like dementia or Alzheimer’s.