Teacher educator and author of many teacher reference books. Amused by random ideas and loves random acts of kindness. Enjoys writing humour...seriously!Please see my Instagram: wilsonjeni
Published October 5th 2014
Flex Your Brain Muscles
I know I've forgotten something so I guess that's a start. But it's really frustrating when I have to retrace my steps to remember what I was going to do. Your memory could be getting worse but there is some good news. Read on if you can relate to some of the things on the list below.
Signs which show your memory could do with a dose of attention:
You regularly forget where you put your keys or wallet You can't remember if you turned off the stove/iron or locked the door before you left home You dial a phone number but forget who you rang You go to the shops and forget where you parked your car and then come home without what you went for You immediately forget names of people you were just introduced to You forget to go to appointments even when you've just had a reminder
While busyness or stress could account for some memory problems, it's sad but true that ageing means memories can start to deteriorate.
That 'tip of the tongue' feeling can start to become more frequent. Don't ever ask me the name of the movie or actors in the movie I have seen or the title of the book I have just read.
The good news is there are things you can do to improve your memory. You guessed it, it's the same general health advice for any problem: exercise regularly, lose excess weight, stop smoking, reduce alcohol and eat healthily. That means less sugar, salt and saturated fats.
Also, if you want your memory firing on all cylinders you have to use your brain. To put it bluntly its 'use it or lose it'.
Here are some tips for reducing common memory glitches:
Learn something new
Read texts that require effort
Try puzzles or brainteasers
Learn a musical instrument
Try association when trying to remember names, for example Sammy seal
When trying to remember numbers chunking can make it easier.
All this requires time, however spending time looking for lost items and avoiding rechecking is enough motivation to try to improve your memory, The bonus is these tips are also meant to reduce dementia.
A personal favourite tip of mine that won't help your memory but will help you find your car is take a photo of it before you leave it. I never again want to try to flex my brain at 2 AM in the morning at the airport long-term parking.
My final suggestion is you write yourself a note so you remember to do these simple tips. Put your reminder note somewhere where you can see it everyday. And just in case write another few notes and put them elsewhere to remind you to read your notes other notes.
If you have any other suggestions please post them for others to read.