Friday, February 3, 2012


The older we get, the more prone we are to lose memory functions. Perhaps some memories are replaced with newer ones but the most marking ones never disappear. You don't have to accept memory loss as inevitable. Use these tips to improve your recall ability.
If this happens to you, take a short break each hour and give your mind time to rest. Your brain will not be overstressed, and it will be able to better absorb the information.
You can improve your memory as you study if you set up a consistent schedule and learn the material over a series of sessions. This lets you have enough time to think though the information, and retain it. When people use this method, studies have shown information is retained better than for people who try to remember everything at once.
Staying active will improve short and long term memory. Treating your body well enhances your recall, and your ability to process information. More blood flow to your brain equals more oxygen which is required for a clear mind. When you exercise, you activate chemicals in the brain that protect your brain cells.
A great strategy to help you remember things is to add Omega-3 acids to the food that you eat. Research indicates that your brain is composed of Omega-3 fatty acid type tissue so eating food that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help boost your brain function. Include oily fish such as salmon or flax seed and flax oil in your diet.
Think of your memory as a muscle. You can exercise your memory and make it stronger through brain training. There are many ways to train your brain, but learning a new skill or to complete a new task can get your brain in top shape. Challenge it with games designed to keep it nimble.
If you find that you are having difficulty remembering information imparted to you from someone else, try putting it into your own words. It is difficult for people to form solid memories if they don't completely understand what a given thought, or concept means.
If it's necessary for you to recall information, a useful way to do this is to link the information together. Connect pieces of related information relies on logic that helps you remember this information better; on the contrary, connecting pieces of completely unrelated information can also stimulate recall. Consider the periodic table: The accepted symbol for lead (Pb) can be linked to the term "peanut butter". Strange associations will be remembered easily.
It's a good idea to keep a journal. Each day, record at least five things in your life that you are thankful for. If you prefer, you could also write about the five things that made you the happiest. Writing down these thoughts feels good, and when you are in good spirits, your brain actually processes things more efficiently, improving your memory.
Make sure to schedule in a break while studying. Allow your brain some processing time to make what you study easier to remember for your test. Take care, however. Make sure that you don't take so many breaks that you don't leave yourself time for proper review. With that in mind, it's clear that effective studying requires that you start early and devote enough time to your efforts. Trying to review it immediately before the test is not adequate.
Sometimes lost memories can be gone for good. But if you follow some of the memory tricks and techniques presented here, you should be better equipped to remember the things you must. Using all of these tips together will help you keep your memory vibrant.

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