How to Improve Your Memory

We often frantically search for mobile phones, books, class notes and remote controls, etc. We leave them in such crazy places as cupboard, fridge, etc. and then hunt for them all the day. But my question is: how many of us care to remember 17 times tables? We simply use the computer for everything. So…

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We often frantically search for mobile phones, books, class notes and remote controls, etc. We leave them in such crazy places as cupboard, fridge, etc. and then hunt for them all the day. But my question is: how many of us care to remember 17 times tables? We simply use the computer for everything. So it is very important to know how to improve memory. Hence first of all what is memory.
WHAT IS MEMORY?
Memory is a process of retaining, storing and recalling experiences and it is closely associated with learning. Through learning, knowledge is acquired and through memory this knowledge is made available.
HOW CAN MEMORY BE ENHANCED?
Memory enhancement comprises many things and must be personalised. It requires keeping the mind active and providing the brain and the body with the exercise and supports needed for optimal functioning. It must begin with acknowledging why you want to enhance your memory.
In order to enhance memory, optimum mental functioning must be promoted. Optimum mental functioning requires mental stimulation, proper nutrition, social interaction and support, breathing and relaxation, water intake, physical exercise, rest and sleep.
LEARN/DO SOMETHING NEW
The brain can absorb new data, make new connections, and acquire new skills, which help to enhance memory. To take on new things you need to believe that you can deal with the specific activity or problem and that you will have reasonable success.
NUTRITION
Eating a balanced diet is essential for good health. As we all know that healthy mind lives in a healthy body.
BREATHING AND RELAXATION
Breathing is good for life. We can use breathing to calm ourselves. Focusing on breathing can help us reduce tension and nervousness, which can inhibit our ability to pay attention and can interfere with memory.
PHYSICAL EXERCISE
The mind-body connection is real. Physical exercise can promote mental alertness and healthy aging. It keeps us fresh throughout the day.
REST AND SLEEP
Rest and sleep are very important for the body as well as the brain. During sleep, sensory input in the brain decreases. It helps the brain sort through experiences and activities, and store memory.
[The writer is world memory record holder and maintains his blog at www.memoryboy.blogspot.com]