Every now and then our memory likes to play tricks on us; walking into a room and forgetting why you entered it, not remembering where you put your keys or forgetting someone’s name immediately after they tell you.
Well, not to worry - you’re not alone, it happens to the best of us! If you think your memory could do with a little bit of sharpening, here are some simple tricks and lifestyle changes that can help.
Eating healthy foods
Like everything else in this world, we need fuel and energy to keep us going, but what we eat can also affect how well our brains function! Omega-3 is a well-known source of fatty acids which improve brain health and are found in other foods such as certain nuts, seeds, beans, oils , spinach and broccoli. As well as foods that we should be eating there are foods that we should limit eating such as foods high in saturated fats; these include red meats as well as a lot of dairy based products.
It might not be everyone’s favourite thing to do but working out can help clear away the ‘brain fog’ which too many of us have no doubt experienced. Mornings are one of the best times for this because it gets our bodies going which in turn wakes up our brain for the day. This also helps prevent the dreaded ‘afternoon slump’ and keeps us feeling more alert and active all day long.
Lack of sleep can seriously affect our ability to focus, learn and retain information which is why having some quality kip is important. Time wise you should be aiming for around 7-8 hours a night in a comfortable, dark room. Quality of sleep can be affected by a number of factors depending on what you eat and what your evening activities are, so keep away from caffeine in the evenings and see if you can stay away from screens (such as on your phone and TV) at least half an hour before turning in.
In recent years we’ve seen the emerging trend of ‘brain games’, whether they be on mobile apps, websites, game consoles or just the Sudoku newspaper. These quick problem solving games help stimulate the mind to keep it active, even doing just 20 minutes a day can help engage your mind and improve your memory.
Learn a new skill
You don’t have to go out and learn how to juggle or ride a unicycle (unless you want to of course!), but learning a new skill is another great way to keep your mind sharp and active. Why not buy yourself a ukulele and learn how to play it or take up drawing? There are loads of new things to try, but if you can’t think of anything, here are some active hobbies ideas for you to try.