5 Ways to Boost Your Memory

by Chloe Wong

If you weren’t born with the gift of good memory, don’t worry! There are ways to help you remember meeting deadlines, names and your pitch speech. Here are 5 tips to keep you up on the memory game.

Mental Gym
As much as our body needs to work out, our brain also needs to work out from time to time. We are often caught up with day-to-day tasks which require minimal mental effort from our brain. As a result, our brain lack stimulation, hindering our ability to learn or memorize new things. Try to challenge yourselves with brain-boosting activities and take a break from your daily routine. Do a crossword puzzle, complete a Sudoku or learn a new language! These tasks might seem insignificant but they’ll go a long way in your memory strengthening journey.

Pick Up Your Pen
Forget your smartphones and tablets – time to pick up your pen and jot down the things you need to remember. Try to use crazy, weird and bold fonts to highlight the things you want to remember. The principle is simple: When you make the words difficult to read, you tend to read it one more time which helps reinforce your concentration towards that particular item. During a boring class or meeting, pick up your pen and start doodling. It will keep your brain busy, active and help you to remember more!

Use Memory Techniques
There are various mnemonic devices we can use to help organize information. The most common technique is chunking. It refers to breaking down your information into smaller chunks to make it more “digestible” for the brain. For instance, “Pick Up Gift” can be memorized as “PUG”. Other common techniques include using acronyms, visualizations and rhymes.

Eat Smart
One subtle way to improve our memory is to eat smart. We can consume food that contains Vitamin D, Omega 3 and antioxidants to stimulate the production of new brain cells. Food such as salmon, fresh tuna, celery, cauliflower, walnuts and broccoli are proven to be beneficial to your brain’s health and neurological development.

Take Naps
Don’t underestimate the power of a midday nap. Studies have found that infants who take naps perform better in new information processing and cognitive development. The same goes for adults – a midday nap can significantly boost and restore your brainpower. We’ve all been there– if getting an eight-hour sleep is not an option, try to get at least a 45-minutue power nap. It can really make a difference and allow you to migrate new information into your long-term memory storage.

 

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