Have you ever forgotten what you ate for lunch yesterday or the names of people or even where you’ve left your keys? For me, it happens often, especially after I crossed my thirties.
Our memory does play a crucial role in our efficacy and the good news is that through brain habits, our memory can be sharpened. There are few daily habits I suggest we all incorporate in our lifestyle;
- REGULAR EXERCISE
According to scientists, physical activity increases the size of the hippocampus, a brain region responsible for retaining stuff. Exercise also improves blood circulation that promotes the growth of neurons.
- EAT HEALTHY
According to an article published in Better Nutrition, a regular intake of fish and vegetables slows down cognitive decline by 19 years. Feeding your brain with nuts, berries, spinach and other healthy foods and fat will keep you younger and more alert. What you drink also matters, keep your alcohol intake in check.
- STIMULATE YOUR MIND
Take some time out for mental exercises such as sudoku, solving puzzles, playing chess or other strategic games, reading books, playing crossword and more. These activities reduce the chance of dementia greatly.
- MANAGE STRESS
Chronic stress and anxiety impair memory loss. Neuroscience recommends that for every 80 to 120 minutes of worktime, we must take a 10-minute break to calm down our brain. Some of the best things to do are listen to music, meditate, laugh, walk and relax.
Lastly, I cannot emphasize the importance of sleep. A minimum of 7 to 9 hours of good sleep, restores the mind and gives our memory a boost.