Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Seven Memory Improvers
USA Weekend published seven ways to improve your memory (Aug. 26-28, 2011). I can be scatter-brained sometimes, but I am in favor of avoiding that! Here are their techniques as recommended by experts in the fields of cognition and aging:
1 - Paint a mental picture to help you remember a name or date.
2 - Switch things up - change your PC font to one that is actually harder to read as it forces you to concentrate more on the info you are reading.
3 - Talk to yourself (uh...no problem there for me!).
4 - "Use it or lose it" - the more you work your brain the healthier and sharper it will be - learn a new language, play Scrabble, take on online course - exercise for your brain!
5 - Don't be a loner (they even suggest that Facebook and Twitter count as social activities because written communication keeps your language skills sharp).
6 - Take a walk - studies suggest that regular exercise might slow or even prevent memory deterioration!
7 - Get a good night's sleep (zzzzzz)
So...summed up: sleep well, study more, exercise, be sociable and work your brain!
Check out usaweekend.com for more info and some puzzles to get you started!