The human brain is a highly specialized and complex structure. It is made up of endless connection of neurons that controls the body activities both deliberate and non deliberate. Memory storage is just one of its many functions controlled by part of the brain called the temporal lobe. No doubt, memory is a crucial part of our daily lives that determines how efficiently we perform so it's not a matter to be joked with. However, there are many things we do and don't do that can adversely affect our memory capacities whether in the short or long term.
It is true that there are unavoidable factors that can predispose to poor memory function like age, genetics, race, gender etc but even at that, it's not a normal part of life.
Here are ways through which the memory capacity can be enhanced:
1. Good nutrition
The brain is known to consume an immense amount of energy relative to the rest of the body and it's primary source of energy is from glucose. Adequate intake of calories will ensure the brain remains in optimal functionality. Foods like proteins, omega-3-fatty acids, vitamins, folic acid have been shown to aid brain tissue growth, improve cognitive skills and decrease the risk of Alzheimer's disease.
Take a lot of water daily as this helps increase blood circulation to the brain. Avoid unhealthy junk and processed foods. Avoid excessive alcohol intake and drug use.
2. Adequate rest/sleep
Many are guilty of not having adequate sleep to rest their brains especially those hustling to make ends meet. During sleep your body has the opportunity of repairing damaged connections in the brain and growing the existing ones. It is advised that you sleep for at least 7-8 hours per day. This helps you wake up feeling refreshed, alert and active so please do not underestimate the power of sleep.
3. Avoid excessive phone/television engagement
In addition to fact that it denies you good sleep, excessive engagement can lead to depression and anxiety which can adversely affect memory function. Frequent long term exposure to electromagnetic radiation from phones have also been shown to increase the risk of certain brain cancers.
4. Calm environment
A peaceful environment devoid of distractions and strss can aid in learning and memorizing more easily. According to research, contact with certain chemicals in the environment can predispose to intellectual decline. Some of these chemicals have been linked to Parkinson's disease. Examples of some of them include insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, metals such as lead, manganese etc.
5. Read ahead of time
So many of us are guilty of relaxing and waiting until exams are just a week or two away and then we start forming seriousness and try to gobble up all the work once. This can overstress the brain and make it difficult for it to retain information. So my fellow partners, let's try and change.
6. Talk less
Some people can talk for Africa and afterwards they start complaining that everything they have read are no longer organized in their brains. Even if you can't bridle your tongue at all times, at least when you know you have something big to do with your brain, try and comport yourself for the meantime so your brain isn't put in disarray.
7. Avoid serious head injuries
Serious head injuries can lead to bleeding inside the brain with death of brain tissues. It has also been linked to Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.
8. Constant brain challenges
It is advised that you engage in exercises that can constantly stimulate the brain like solving crossword puzzles, learning new skills, volunteering to do new tasks etc.
A healthy weight is of great gain to the brain. Exercise also helps increase blood circulation to the brain.
10. Be organized
Keep your room and belongings well arranged for easy memory recall whenever you need those things. Also, focus on one thing at a time, jot down important tasks you want to perform and check off those you have performed. You can also set alarms to remind you of things you need to do.
11. Spend time with loved ones
This helps you relieve stress and depression which has a consequence of an improvement in memory.
12. Adequate control of chronic disease conditions
There are some disease conditions known to increase the risk of brain damage eg hypertension, diabetes mellitus, high cholesterol, obesity etc. It is notable to have them under optimal control.
13. Find out what works for you
It is important to know the technique that enables you learn and store information more effectively and make use of them. It could be pictures, videos, discussion groups, mnemonics, side notes, repetitions and so on and so forth.
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