Where ARE my keys? How many times do you ask that question? Sometimes, we are just too preoccupied to be able to remember where we put our things. But sometimes, forgetfulness goes much farther.
There are simple actions you can start now to help boost your memory!
1. Don’t Forget Physical Exercise
Believe it or not, when you’re exercising your body, you’re exercising your mind as well. Aerobic exercise gets your blood pumping, which increases the oxygen flow to your brain and lowers the risk of disorders such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, which can lead to memory loss.
Morning exercises can help you clear your head and stay focused throughout the day.
Exercises that require coordination are even better as they help keep your mind active. Such exercises can also be something simple like throwing a ball back and forth.
2. Get Enough Sleep
To get the most out of your sleep, aim for 7–9 hours every night.
Sleep is one of the best ways to make sure your brain and memory are in good shape on a daily basis. Make sure to shut off the electronics at least an hour before bed to help the mind shut off as well. Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake during the latter part of the day. Avoid consuming anything that can result in a shallow sleep.
3. Keep Your Brain Stimulated
Stay social, interact with others, learn new skills, and play mind-exercise games like crossword puzzles or sudoku.
Research has shown that keeping mental stimulation as we age is very important for lowering the risk of dementia. Interacting with others and continuing to learn is vital for keeping the brain healthy at any age.
4. Be Aware Of Your Stress
Chronic stress can not only make someone miserable but also cause serious long-term effects. Stress over time has been shown to destroy brain cells and damage the area of the brain that creates new memories and recalls past ones.
Don’t take on too many tasks if they overwhelm you; sometimes, it is okay to say no.
To avoid memory loss, minimize your stress. Make sure you have outlets to relieve stress, whether it’s physical exercise or talking to someone about your frustrations.
5. You Are What You Eat
Certain foods have significant effect in preventing memory loss. Make sure to get your fruit and vegetable servings. (Don’t forget avocados!); many of these are filled with antioxidants that help protect your brain cells. Eat more foods with omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, tuna, and foods cooked with olive oil.
Stay away from sugar and sugary foods.
Take a good-quality omega-3 supplement. Green tea is another option that has powerful antioxidants to protect you from brain damage.
Your memory is important at any age. Start incorporating these healthy habits to keep a strong memory for years to come.