Keeping your memory sharpChen Wan Lim
It is quite common for people to experience some level of forgetfulness or even memory loss, especially as we get older. But we do not need to wait until we are old or suffering from some sort of illness before taking actions. Having a sharp memory is important especially if we’re still studying or if we are still climbing up the corporate ladder at work. We can start by practicing simple daily habits which are proven to keep our memory sharp, even at any age. Here are some simple ways to keep our memory sharp.
- Choice of brain food
Start by eating healthy. There are a multitude of brain foods which have been scientifically proven to improve our memories. For example, blueberries are rich in antioxidants and can improve your learning capacity and motor skills. Almonds on the other hand are rich in vitamin E, crucial in preventing cognitive decline and preserving memories. Fish, especially salmon is a popular choice for omega-3 fatty acids which helps to improve brain functions.
- Keeping your brain occupied
Get a new hobby or learn a new language. Whatever it is, occupying your brain with something new causes the brain to exercise and to strengthen further. It also has to be something challenging, bringing you out of your comfort zone. Challenging activities such as Sudoku and crossword puzzles help.
- Pursuing a postgraduate degree
Postgraduate degrees are not easy and that’s the whole point! Pursuing a postgraduate degree forces the candidate to stretch their brains to the limit by reading and understanding academic materials. In addition, the many discussions you will have with your course mates will also sharpen your business acumen and improve your communication skills.
- Old fashion reading
There’s nothing like immersing yourself in good old fashion reading. Reading emails, articles, news or blogs are not the same as reading a five hundred page novel. Reading stories will cause your mind to imagine the characters and the storyline you are reading about. It is akin to having a full length movie play out in your brain. Such imagination sharpens the brain and retains its ability to process large amounts of information.
- Listening to music
According to researchers at John Hopkins Medicine, music can be beneficial for memory improvements and stress reliefs. Music has the ability to stimulate the brain. There are multiple ways to use music as a means to stimulate our brains. The most obvious is simply by listening to music. The second is by learning and playing a musical instrument and the third is by listening to old music which brings back old memories associated with the music.
- Video/Computer/Console games
Unlike solving puzzles with your pen, fast paced electronic games (even on your smartphone) have the ability to improve your memory, motor skills, hand-eye coordination and decision making ability. Researchers from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China and Macquarie University in Sydney have found that gamers generally have better brain connectivity that allows them to have higher cognitive functions.