Although amnesia and dementia are extreme diseases that cause severe memory loss, if you are getting older, you may have noticed that you are forgetting things more easily than you used to. In my own experience, I’ve noticed that my fading memory occurs in various guises—I forget where I put my keys, I forget family members’ birthdays that I used to remember without using Facebook, and I forget doctor’s appointments. Forgetting such things can begin to take a serious toll on your life and your relationships with others. Here are a few natural ways to keep your memory sharp:
1. Set reminders on all your electronics.
This step is infinitely helpful for those who are always forgetting times and dates. The great thing about living in the 21st century is that technology exists to make our lives easier, and this is especially true when it comes to helping you remember things. Any electronic device that is capable of setting reminders, do it. For example, most smart phones can sync to your laptop and desktop so that you’ll never forget an appointment again, after you set up reminders or alerts.
2. Play memory-building games.
Just like the body must be exercised, the mind must be exercised too in order for it to stay fit and sharp. Some of the best games to improve your memory are also really fun, and can be found easily online for free or offline for cheap. Chess, Guess Who? Trivial Pursuit, and several card games all rely on and exercise your ability to remember things.
3. Take natural supplements known to improve memory.
Gingko Biloba, and huperzine A, an extract from club moss popular in Asian countries, is a couple of supplements that have been thought to improve memory. There are a host of other naturally occurring supplements that you can take, as a quick Google search reveals. There’s also nothing quite like consuming whole fruits and vegetables to aid in memory retention. Some memory-boosting foods include blueberries, apples, onions, and broccoli.
4. Practice yoga and/or meditation.
Memory and concentration are very closely linked, and both yoga and meditation have been proven to drastically change your ability to focus and be still. Ancient breathing exercises practiced in yoga and meditation are specifically designed to strengthened the power of the mind, and that includes indirectly building your memory.
This guest post is contributed by Leslie Johnson, who writes about health, green living, parenting related articles at masters in health administration.