It came to my attention last week when I couldn’t, for the life of me, remember the name of Bill Clinton’s wife. Everyone, well almost, knows the answer to that question, but my memory was experiencing a momentary lapse – which could easily be blamed on old age.
Except that I am 23 years old. Yes – exactly. Why I was having trouble recalling a fact that I’ve read, said and subconsciously consumed over the years was a mystery – until I realized that my brain is one part of my body that hadn’t worked up a sweat in a while. The whole trying to remember a simple fact made my mind go into over-drive, as the engine whizzed and whirred and came to a dead end.
Yes – instead of looking it up or asking someone, I waited for my brain to finally remember the answer. It was one of those moments where you expect fireworks and the fun fair ‘Ding Ding Ding!’, but it was pretty much just me excitedly exclaiming her name. Random.
I don’t like my brain being so undependable – I want to remember things and remember them well. I don’t want to rely on Google, or Wikipedia – I should be able to absorb information like I used to be able to! Here are 5 ways that I researched and found useful to workout my brain to boost my memory:
Feed your Brain
Just like any other part of our body, our brain needs to be nourished and maintained. The best thing about superfoods for your brain is that they are readily available in the local shop. Next time you reach for that packet of crisps, swap it for some brain fuel by opting for blueberries or an apple. Both of these fruits are packed with anti-oxidants that prevent inflammation in your brain as well as increase blood flow. The best news is that chocolate is included in the list of brain foods – so indulge away!
Rest your Brain
If your brain is sleep deprived, it is not going to function 100% – simple. What you needs to remember is that you are not a robot but a human being, and a minimum of 8-9 hours of sleep is necessary for your body. If you are having trouble sleeping, I wrote a piece on getting your 8 hour shuteye not too long ago – so be sure to rest your body and mind to make the most of both.
Test your Brain
Our brain is trained to be tested – from primary school all the way to university. We are constantly learning and giving exams to test our knowledge and memory. You shouldn’t just give up on the learning procedure once you finish your degree, instead opt for some brain exercising activities to keep your memory on its toes. Download apps on your phone, or do the brain challenges online – whatever floats your boat to keep your memory going.
Exercise your Body
Exercise is the solution to an enormous amount of problems we face. Whether you are stressed, distressed, obese, unhappy or bored – go for a run and you will immediately feel the difference. That is the effect a good workout of your muscles has on your body. Exercise improves the blood flow around our body, essentially giving our brain the much needed wake up call.
It’s a State of Mind
Lastly, always remember that everything can be overcome if you put your mind to it. Mind over matter – remember these words and you can conquer anything. Stay focused on improving your brain and it will happen. Instead of making these promises to improve your memory or complaining about forgetting things, make the change and be the change!