Ever get that feeling when you’re about to do something and completely forget what it was. Then remember at the most irrelevant time. I’m pretty sure I’ve experienced this more times than I’d like to admit. My memory has improved a lot since I was younger – which I don’t know if this is a good or a bad thing, but I’m just gonna go along with it.
The phrase “move it or lose it” can be applied to your memory. How? Well, when you reach adulthood, your brain has created neuro-pathways to help process and recall memories. If you practice the same pathways to recalling memories, you’re preventing the development and growth of stimulation (to the brain). So, the more you workout your brain, the better you become at processing and remembering information.
Just like any other illness, physical activity helps reduce already present symtpoms of certain disorders. When you exercise, you increase the amount of oxygen going to brain.And the neurotransmitters that affect stress.
If you’re an insomniac like me, this is one of the most difficult habits to change. During your deepest stage of sleep, also known as your REM (Rapid Eye Movement) Cycle, the key memory-enhancing activites occur. So, if you can, try to stick to a regular sleeping schedule. Decreasing consumption of caffeine and avoiding screens an hour prior to bed will also help.
The last tip, which I’ve had a lot of practice with, is eating brain-boosting foods. Back in my first year of University, I was a vegan. I would take supplements all the time as I was afraid I wasn’t getting enough – one of them being Omega-3 fatty acids. However, if you’re not comfortable taking over the counter vitamins and supplements, then eating foods rich in omega-3s is just as good. Most of which are fish – salmon, tuna, trout, etc.
Green tea, fruits and vegetables, all favourites of mine, is also known to help improve memory. Green tea contains an antioxidant that helps protect against free radicals that can potentially harm brain cells. Similar to green tea, fruits and vegetables contain an antioxidant that too protect the brain cells from damage and/or harm.
So, as I finish up this post, I better figure out what exactly I have planned for tomorrow. Because right now I can’t remember.
Alex Newton is a nursing student and mental health advocate. She grew up in a small town and plans on moving to London, England one day and open up her own health practice. She has a cat named Maya who she adopted whilst going through some difficulties. She’s a daughter, sister, and warrior who enjoys a nice cuppa tea.