improve your memory

If you are having more “senior moments” than you would care to admit, you might be interested in this. It seems that your lifestyle could actually be playing a role in helping you remember to lock the back door or recall an acquaintance’s name.

By making a few tweaks to how you do things, you can potentially improve your mental recall and stop your memory getting worse with age.

Just like you exercise to tone up your muscles, the brain needs to be kept active too in order to stay fit. Here’s what you can do to help.

1. Eat

Did you know that there are certain foods that are thought to boost your brainpower? That’s right, you can eat your way to a better memory. Start using coconut oil for cooking, drizzle olive oil on your salads, pop some blueberries in your morning porridge, grab some walnuts for a healthy snack, and enjoy wild salmon for dinner. The best part is, a daily glass of red wine is also thought to be beneficial for brain health.

2. Move

Exercise is a key part of brain health. Whether it’s walking, fitness classes, swimming, weights, or bike riding – all of these increase oxygen and blood flow to the brain, keeping it fit and healthy. Exercise is also a great way to clear your mind of unhelpful clutter that could be standing between you and where you put your glasses.

3. Focus

Do you often chat on the phone whilst opening mail, stopping every now and then to check the stove where your dinner is cooking? The myth that multitasking makes us more efficient has been officially debunked. We need to focus on one thing at a time, giving the one task the undivided attention it needs. This allows the brain to commit details to memory, without other messages getting mixed up in the process.

4. Learn

As a child you are always learning new skills and gaining knowledge. But once you get older, it’s more likely that you are just cruising along with your current level of education and skills. Improving your brain function can happen quite easily if you keep your brain active. Take up a new hobby such as life drawing or photography, challenge yourself with a daily crossword or Sudoku, even learn a new language.

How do you keep your mind sharp as you age? We would love to hear your ideas.

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