Whether you want to improve your day-to-day memory or slow down the memory loss associated with getting older, there are plenty of simple tricks to try.
1. Make sure you get plenty of sleep. Sleep helps your brain perform at its best, and if you don’t get enough, not only will you struggle to remember things during the day, you’ll also have trouble making new memories that you might need later. Try to get at least eight hours of uninterrupted sleep each night.
2. Do puzzles. All kinds of puzzles and games can help your memory by stimulating your brain and keeping it active. Try a word puzzle with your morning coffee, a game of chess with a friend, or even a puzzle-based computer game. Change it up sometimes so that you don’t get so good at one thing that it stops being challenging.
3. Rest after taking in new information. If you want to improve your retention, for studying or for work projects, this simple technique could help. When you’ve been working for a while and need to take a break, instead of checking your phone or reading your emails, sit back, close your eyes and relax for a few minutes. This helps your brain absorb the information you just learned.
4. Learn a new skill. Learning exercises your brain in ways nothing else does, so keep it on its toes by trying a new hobby, taking a class or watching some online tutorials for something you’ve always wanted to do.
Whatever you try, remember that your memory is flexible and powerful – all it needs is a little help to stay in top condition.