Those who know or have known me for a considerable amount of time would know that I…. well, don’t really have a good memory to begin with, or seem to have STM (Short Term Memory).. On a few occasions when I’m bathing, I have already applied shampoo and soap and wash the solution off but proceeded to apply it for the second time because I forgot that I’ve already applied and washed away the solution. In other cases, I would leave the water container to be filled up with water at the basin at home but forget to return to turn it off, thus resulting in an earful from my beloved mother.
But lately, it seem to have gotten a little worse with me forgetting something that was just on my mind a moment ago, resulting in me stressing my mind out trying to recall what was I going or supposed to do next! It never really bothered me up until now because I don’t want to have senile dementia in my 40s or something! (That sounded a little too exaggerating) Hence, I decided to do a little bit of research and come up with my top list of ways and food to consume to beat the memory loss and increase memory retention!
Hope this helps whoever who may be in similar situations!
Reuel’s Suggested 5 Ways to beat Memory Loss
- Get enough sleep!
Whether you’re human, animal or alien, we all need our undisturbed moments to sleep it out. Scientists believe that sleep is not only crucial to brain development, it is also necessary to help consolidate the effects of waking experience – by converting memory into more permanent and/or enhanced forms.Research have shown that people who sleep an average 6.5 to 7.5 hours a day live the longest, hence it is believed that we need to clock an ideal 6.5 hours on the minimum every night to increase longevity, instead of the widely believed 8 hours, whom scientist have concluded.. do not live as long as the former. Hahah!
- Keep your mind constantly active
Keeping your mind active is akin to cardio for your brains. Just as we need to exercise to stay physically fit, we need to constantly challenge our mind and keep it sharp. A good way is to play simple intellectual games such as Bridge. Bridge challenges the mind (brain) to think, remember, come out with a battle plan, thus stressing the mind and all.. ya’ get the idea. The combination of strategy and memory in bridge challenges the brain to learn new information and exercises cells so they don’t die.
- Exercise on a regular basis
Go to a fitness club and join a fitness program, hit the gyms thrice a week, play 11-a-side, shoot the loops, we all need to make it a point to add sports and/or exercise to our weekly schedules. Keep all your senses as active as possible. Regular physical activity has been shown to decrease the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease by about half. Half! Aim for 30 minutes a day.
- Have a break, have a kit-kat
Cut yourself some slack, give yourself a well-deserved break and seek out ways to de-stress. Take this time to ask your close friends or clique for a short holiday and vacation to a neighboring country or rejuvenate at a local spa! ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’. At work, you could take a power nap during your breaks, or during work if your boss is nice. Clarity of mind after a short break allows one to be able to think straight!
- Don’t multitask, focus on one task at a single given time
To tell someone to not multitask in our modern fast-paced society is like listening to a foreign language, I know. Everyday we go home, on the tv, call our best pal, open a pack of chips, talk to the pal, munch on the chips and watch tv at the same time, this has become one of the most common routines in our lives. But is it really productive or healthy for our brain?Recent studies have proven that multitasking is not as productive as how we have all commonly and erroneously perceived, but is counter-productive, doing more harm for our mind than good. “Habitual multitasking may condition their brain to an overexcited state, making it difficult to focus even when they want to.” Of course, I am not saying you shouldn’t multitask at all, we can all chew gum and walk at the same time! Multitask moderately if you have to, focus on one task at hand before going to the other.
Alright! Hope this helps you as much as it is gonna help me. Thanks for reading, apply them, if you remember. Puns intended. Haha!