5 Great Tips For Improving Your Memory
April 7, 2015
Part of a good workplace wellness program is finding ways to improve memory. Memory retention is an important part of life, work, and normal brain function, and can be improved by:
- Getting enough sleep – Lack of sleep can have a negative impact on memory retention, creative thinking, problem solving, and overall brain function. If you’re having trouble remembering things, it might be because you’re not getting enough sleep for your brain to fully recharge. The body needs seven to eight hours of sleep a night, on average, to function properly. If you’re not getting enough shuteye, your memory will suffer as a result.
- Having a laugh – They say that laughter is good for the soul, but it’s also good for the memory. Laughter engages multiple parts of the brain, including the areas that affect memory and data retention. Tell jokes, watch comedies, and otherwise find time to enjoy yourself. You’ll not only get a few good chuckles, but your memory should improve as well.
- Exercising – Exercise improves blood flow to the brain, which in turn improves your ability to remember and process information. Brain health and overall body health are related to each other, so if you want to improve your mind, give the rest of your body a workout.
- Going out with friends – Humans are social animals, and making meaningful relationships with other human beings stimulates the brain and improves memory. Making friends, spending time with family and acquaintances, and owning a highly social pet like a dog can all help improve memory.
- Eating brain-boosting food – Changing your diet can also be an effective way to improve memory. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids (such as salmon, walnuts, squash, and soybeans) and antioxidants (like spinach, broccoli, kale, bananas) can all improve brain function and help with memory retention. On the other hand, saturated fat, empty calories, and high volumes of alcohol can all decrease memory function in the brain.