Listen and Read: Improve Your Brain Functions and Improve Your Memory
You’re feeling forgetful. You missed your friend’s birthday party last week, and now you can’t find your car keys to save your life.
Is there something wrong with you or are you simply getting old?
Chances are, the answer is neither.
As we live increasingly fast-paced lives, it becomes more and more important to do proactive things to guard our brains.
So, if the doctor has already given you a clean bill of health, maybe it’s time to figure out some lifestyle changes that will improve your brain function so that you can live a better life.
1. Try a diet that’s more brain-friendly.
The Mediterranean Diet has been proven time and again to not only help you to retain your brain function as you age but will improve your brain function when continued over time.
Why does it work?
Because the Mediterranean Diet is rich in the right kinds of foods that contain healthy fats and antioxidants. They cut out all those foods that inhibit brain function such as processed foods, sugars, and dairy.
2. Learn a new language.
While at first glance this might seem to be a good idea because it acts as a brain teaser to stimulate your brain in new ways, there’s a lot more going on than that.
Several studies have proven that learning a language forges new neural pathways, increases brain elasticity, and helps you to process new information more quickly.
A further study from the University of Edinburgh has shown that being able to speak more than one language slows down the kind of loss in brain function that’s associated with growing older.
3. Take up music.
Like learning languages, learning how to play a musical instrument acts in many of the same ways on your brain. But there’s also some added benefit in better skills related to hearing and listening.
The biggest benefit though comes from connecting the physical act of playing music with the hearing and appreciation of music and the connectivity between different parts of the brain that results from that action.
4. Consider exercising.
We’re not talking about physical exercise here (though that’s always beneficial) but the kind that comes of challenging your brain to remember things.
The idea is simple: by practicing remembering things, you find that you’re able to remember more and more in proportion to the amount of practice you put in.
While some of these changes seem drastic, the benefits are huge. Learning new things and practicing your memory skills can only be seen as beneficial.
And wouldn’t you want to eat in the way that gives your brain the most optimal environment for growth?
Commit to change, and you’ll soon see the positive benefits that come of working to improve your brain function.
Natural Ways to Boost Your Memory
The day is half over, and you can’t get over the feeling that you’ve forgotten something important. You check your calendar, but whatever it is, it was never written down.
Now you’re stuck, and you can’t remember what it was.
There’s nothing more frustrating than forgetting. The fact is, we get so busy that it’s very hard to keep track of everything you need to get through a day.
Or is it?
Thankfully there are natural things we can do to improve our memory. And we don’t have to wait to get started.
Below you’ll find several suggestions to help you boost your memory right now!
All-day long you’re trying to absorb information. Is it any wonder your brain gets to the point where it can’t hold in another fact?
Meditation gives you time to process, and recharge.
What’s more, meditation improves your focus, so when it’s time to go back to work, you’re ready for it.
2. Eat better.
Some things we eat are called brain foods. Anything with antioxidants will improve brain function, which in turn makes for a better memory!
3. Get up and move.
Exercise increases blood flow. Better blood flow carries more of what your brain needs to function (such as oxygen and nutrients). So movement = better memory!
4. Try a brain teaser.
Regularly challenging your brain is good for it! By doing things such as crossword puzzles or Sudoku, you start building better networks for the neural pathways.
There are tons of apps out there filled with all kinds of mental challenges designed to enhance your memory.
So, why not play a game that gives a real positive boost to your brainpower?
5. Take a break.
Brains need rest periods too. If you’re finding that you’re losing focus while working, it’s probably time to take a short break.
That gives your brain a chance to process and re-energize.
6. Learn something new.
By learning new things, you train your brain to process information better, and so you will start remembering more. Picking up a new skill will result in you helping your memory as well!
7. Get a Quality Sleep.
It’s a fact of life that a tired brain isn’t going to be working at its very best. Getting enough sleep is probably the simplest thing you can do to improve your memory.
By getting 7 – 9 hours of sleep every night, you’ll find your memory will improve dramatically.
Improving your memory doesn’t have to take a lot of time or even forced attention.
By using this list, you’ll find that your memory will improve dramatically in just a short time, all without having to resort to great big crazy changes in your life.
How easy is that?
Keeping Your Brain Healthy and Focused
Losing cognition skills doesn’t have to be inevitable. In fact, by making some simple life changes now, you can help your brain to stay healthy and focused, regardless of your age.
Drop the Stress
Chronic stress can damage your brain. Start with an honest evaluation of what stress you can erase. For the rest, remember you can always learn the skills to manage it better.
Try daily meditation and exercise. Time for yourself is really of utmost importance.
Get yourself in Motion
Speaking of exercise, did you know regular physical activity is not just good for your body but brings your mind to peak condition as well?
Try an exercise that requires you to concentrate for added benefit.
Try Something Fishy
Those omega-3 fatty acids are good for you. Eat salmon, tuna, or some other kind of fatty fish every week if you can.
If you are vegetarian you can find oils – such as flax that also contain omega 3’s.
Drop the Sugar
It’s a known fact sugar isn’t good for you but did you know eating a lot of it will lead to inflammation in the brain inhibiting brain function? Now is the time to find other, healthier snacks, like veggies or nuts.
Spend Time with Friends
Getting out with people you enjoy spending time with keeps your brain engaged and challenged in positive ways.
Nothing is quite as good for your brain as engaging it and challenging it with new information. Take a class. Learn a language. Do something new.
Drop the Toxins
Things like smoking, alcohol, and constant exposure to toxins in the environment will impair your brain function. Clean up your environment. Quit smoking. Limit alcohol consumption. Doing all these things will help you to stay sharper longer.
Pay Attention to your Vitamins
Making sure your nutritional needs are in balance will keep your brain functioning at its best. The important ones for brain health? B-12, B-6, magnesium, and folate.
In a healthy diet, you would normally get most of what you need. Although you could add to this a supplement with Vitamin D if your levels are low.
Again – Get A Good Sleep
In the end, making sure you get enough sleep is one of the best things you can do for your brain (and your general health). Make sure you’re getting 7-9 hours of sleep at night, in an environment optimal for sleep.
Some attention on your brain now will serve you well in your later life. Don’t delay in making these changes.
The sooner you begin, the better.
Your brain will thank you for it!