Memory isn't just a thing that occurs in your brain. You can't just will a memory into existence, you have to form it.
Our brains have a variety of processes – many of which we're still learning about – that define how and why memories are stored and how they are recalled.
Your brain contains billions of nerve cells arranged in patterns that coordinate thought, emotion, behavior, movement and sensation. A complicated highway system of nerves connects your brain to the rest of your body, so communication can occur in split seconds.
Consider how often you find yourself forgetting something important. You might forget the name of someone from your past, a word you want to use, or the date of your best friend's birthday. Forgetting is a common problem that can have both minor and serious consequences.
So what can we do to improve on our memory?
A few points have been highlighted below.
1: Work Out Your Brain
Memory, like muscular strength, requires you to “use it or lose it.” The more you work out your brain, the better you’ll be able to process and remember information. But not all activities are equal. The best brain exercises break your routine and challenge you to use and develop new brain pathways.
2: Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is important to a number of brain functions, including how nerve cells (neurons) communicate with each other. In fact, your brain and body stay remarkably active while you sleep. Recent findings suggest that sleep plays a housekeeping role that removes toxins in your brain that build up while you are awake. Good sleep aids good memory.
3: Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a kind of mental exercise for your brain. Based on meditation, it helps you to focus on the present moment.
Research shows that after practising mindfulness, the grey matter in your brain’s amygdala – a region known for its role in stress – can become smaller
The pre-frontal cortex is the area of your brain responsible for things like planning, problem solving, and controlling your emotions. The grey matter in this area can become thicker after practising mindfulness, showing increased activity in these areas of thought.
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