In a previous Psychology and Mind article, we already explained that memory is a very complex process in which we don’t just store memories and sensations mechanically as if we were a computer.
Human memory is closely tied to the emotions that memories produce today, as psychologist Gordon H. Bower suggests. But in any case, let’s be able to remember many details from our past. we also need our brains to be in great shape.
Memory trained, memory efficient
the Memory it is a complex mental process through which we store thoughts, memories, skills and experiences.
If we are able to take care of our cognitive functions, we will be able to improve the capacity of our memory to retain data. This is particularly interesting for people of a certain age, who suffer from a slow but progressive deterioration of their cognitive abilities in general and their memory in particular.
Habits to train memory
To improve memory (in the case of young people) and delay their deterioration (for the elderly), there are different habits and strategies that help us develop our memory capacity, As well as to preserve it and make it more efficient. To do this, you need to follow a few simple training guidelines.
In the case of the elderly, many cases of symptoms (more or less obvious to loved ones) of memory loss are usually given. These symptoms may be normal and age-appropriate, but in other cases, they can be serious and require professional diagnosis. In this type of more severe case, it will be necessary to put in the hands of a specialist doctor, in order to obtain a diagnosis and a treatment indicated (if necessary).
The dangers of not improving memory
If we don’t exercise memory in our daily routine, we may begin to notice that we are less able to remember specific data and perform tasks for which we had sufficient skills. As in everything else, not exercising memory is the easiest way to lose weight gradually.
But there is good news: if we exercise it a little every day, we will improve it and improve it. Constant and sustained learning over time helps us create certain positive habits and cognitive mechanisms for our memory. Memory capacity can be developed if we are patient and persistent.
Keep your memory in good shape
Basic healthy habits to strengthen our memory
A healthy and balanced diet. Rich in vitamins and minerals and omega acids. Control cholesterol and saturated fat. Moderate consumption of processed meats and industrial pastries.
Play sports. One of the many benefits of exercising regularly is keeping our minds strong, which improves our memory.
Stay away from sources of stress. As much as you can, try to stay away from sources of stress and anxiety. You can resort, if you have the time, to practices like yoga or mindfulness if you notice that you are generally too nervous.
Get in touch with other people **** s. Living alone makes our brain stabilize and malfunction. On the other hand, if you have an active social life, we will improve the coming and going of ideas, conversations and emotions, which helps our memory. In addition, being in contact with friends and acquaintances allows us to keep our brain busy remembering data and listening and understanding our interlocutor. This is very beneficial for memory.
Get out of the routine. Your daily activities (going to work, cooking …) are not enough to adequately improve memory. As long as we have time, we should try to do new activities that attract us and develop some of our skills. The most recurring: chess, playing a new sport, going to social gatherings, reading books …
Routine Memory Strategies That Can Help You
Do not take into account (or almost) your agenda. If you’re a busy person and need a diary to jot down the commitments you have, that’s understandable … but you should try to remember the dates with your memory. Okay, that might sound a bit risky, and you might want to not skip your schedule entirely. But in the medium to long term, this habit will improve your memory capacity. This advice also applies to shopping lists: it is better not to do them and when you do your shopping, you make your “souvenir” purchases.
Travel as much as you can. As we leave home and explore new corners of the planet, our brains discover new sensations and retain new data. It helps a lot in our memory to exercise.
Organize meetings of friends. Any excuse is good: having a coffee, going to the movies, playing a board game … all occasions to socialize have a positive influence on your memory. As I mentioned before, remember that when you are with your friends you are exercising your brain, telling anecdotes, debating controversial topics, or playing and doing any activity together.
I am a friend of books. Regular reading is a great way to boost memory (among many benefits). Whatever type of reading you prefer, know that the challenge of reading a book helps your brain stay awake and greatly boosts your memory. It’s also great to discuss the book with a friend or family member after you’ve finished reading it, as this will force your brain to recap on what you’ve learned.
Look at the little things. In your daily life, whether at home, in the office or on a stroll around town, you should know that there is a world of little details just waiting for you. Watch and ask for them, your memory will appreciate it.
Exercise your memory regularly. If you are the one who writes everything down, you may need to change your strategy and try to remember things on your own. Names of people, phone numbers, restaurants where we want to go …
Try to remember on your own. If every time you doubt something, you turn to Google, your memory will not be exercised properly and you will miss an opportunity for your brain to develop the ability to retrieve data or information.
Test yourself with new technologies. In the 21st century, we are constantly surrounded by technology and gadgets. It is not surprising that sometimes it feels like we cannot remember how to install a program on the PC or how to find a specific application on our smartphone. The easy thing is to go to YouTube and look for a tutorial, but the best part for our memory is that we are trying to remember how we managed to catch them last time around. With patience, we risk binding heads.
The main thing when exercising our memory is to be consistent and to do regular exercises and habits. In this way, we will improve our short-term memory, which is the one that is most often damaged as we age, and the one that can be impaired in the dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
If you exercise your memory with these simple strategies, you will notice that you remember them much better.