I have a memory issue and it makes life difficult at times. I think the worst part about having a memory problem is offending or hurting the feelings of people I care about. When my actions (forgetting a birthday, or a personal story that was shared with me) don’t match my intentions it can misrepresent my character! People close to me know that I have this issue and they cut me some slack, but for the people that don’t know, it can make or break a friendship, business contact and more. It is hereditary, but it really does feel like and some point my brain just got filled up with too much information and now it doesn’t let new things in very often. And I know it will only get worse as I age so I try (when I remember) to do things that will help to improve my memory and increase my brain power. Here are some scientifically proven tips and tricks that I hope will help you do the same.
1. The National Sleep Foundation recently changed some of the categories and requirements for sleep guidelines. Getting enough sleep is a main component to memory! Check the chart and make sure that you are giving your brain enough time to re-charge, de-stress and make memories!
* Chart provided by the National Sleep Foundation – see this link.
2. Blood flow to the brain via physical activity is a sure fire way to stay sharp! Regular, daily exercise is not only critical to your heart health and other functions, but can help improve your memory too. Using a fitness tracker like this fitbit HR (I use this) tracks your sleep and your steps taken, but most importantly it tracks your heart rate so you can see on a graph, the amount of time each day where you get your blood pumping, literally!
3. Natural supplements and medications are known to aid in memory loss. Ginko Biloba used to be the holistic answer to supplementing the brain, although recent studies can not confirm that it lives up to it’s expectations. Many doctors do prescribe Vitamin E to slow memory loss from Alzheimer’s and B Vitamin deficiencies are related to memory loss. Doctors also use a number of prescription medication that are proven to help lessen or at least stabilize symptoms that interfere with memory. (My dad has taken a couple of different ones and is having a great deal of improvement in his memory!)
4. Reducing stress is a major component because stress has a huge impact on memory loss. Being overwhelmed, worried and suffering from anxiety interferes with focus and detaches up from being able to make memories. Being fatigued and depleted from the effects of stress make the brain unable to power up and function properly. Along with the solutions already mentioned (daily exercise and good sleep) you can try yoga, counseling, breathing or meditation. Just the simple act of taking a break throughout the day to stretch your muscles and taking a few minutes to close your eyes and listen to calming music can make a world of difference.
5. Examining medications and drugs. Certain medications and drugs can rob you of your memories and prevent you from making new ones. It probably comes as no surprise that prescribed medications such as sleeping pills, pain pills, anesthesia, anti-depressants and anxiety medications are a few of these. Of course illegal and recreational drugs can cause extensive and irreparable damage to the brain and memory. Smoking cigarettes causes this to by depleting the brain of valuable oxygen.
6. According to the most popular research and advice, doing crossword puzzles is one of the most highly effective things you can do to keep your brain active! This is because the recall and connections required to complete puzzles are the best exercise for your brain.
Using your memory like exercising a muscle is the best way to prevent memory loss and the best way to get it back! Here are a number of other proof positive things that will spark your brain and improve your memory while providing fun at the same time!
The memory improvement board game called Rapid Recall is designed to measure and improve your ability to recall information. It is not being produced anymore so you can try to snag a new or used one on Amazon!
Lonpos is not only a game which is incredibly exciting and brings a lot of long-lasting fun. It also has fundamental functions for brain development and for developing further skills in spatial thinking and geometry, and trains the short-term memory.
Games to Improve Your Memory & Strengthen Your Brain
If you are suffering from memory loss or even if you are worried that you might be affected, please call your doctor and ask for help.
Preventing or slowing memory loss is key!
Are you or someone you know experiencing memory loss?
Robin (Masshole Mommy)
I think reducing stress is a good move. It’s easier said than done sometimes, though.
I never knew exercise could help improve memory but it certainly makes sense when improving blood flow. I use a lot of post its and checklists, haha!
Laura (Another Cent Saved)
The older I get the more this concern is in the forefront of my thoughts. My mom experienced memory loss and it was so frightening to watch. I try to play games that help stimulate my mind. I will at time I do feel like I am loosing it. 🙂
I love this post. I could definitely learn to reduce stress. I love the games you posted. I love playing games, so maybe that’s something I need to look in to.
I like the games as well Kathy. Another GREAT one is called Blokus… we play that in our family and it is great for the brain…even won awards from Mensa I believe. So check that one out too 🙂
I have memory issues inherited from my dad and it freaks me out. That is why I play games that stimullate the brain in my free time.
I could definitely stand to give Recall a try two or three times a week. There are times when I feel like I can’t remember my own name!
I think the root of all of my brain issues is sleep. Or should I say lack of it. I have a horrible time falling asleep, and it really affects my thinking.
I think water is a good helper too. Seems whenever I am not getting enough water then I don’t sleep well, and everything just snowballs! Thanks for the great article!
Tammi @ My Organized Chaos
Oh gosh, age is making me forget all sorts of things. Or is it the kids? See? Some days I find I’m losing my mind. So needed these tips!
I also have a memory issue and it can be so embarrassing. I try to do crossword puzzles and other games to keep my memory muscle flexed.
Daily exercise is so beneficial to our bodies. I love getting in my daily 30 minutes of me time working out.
Chelley @ AisForAdelaide
Pinning this!! I never know if my kids are getting enough sleep!
Ugh, that feeling of walking into a room and racking your brain to try to remember why you are there? That is the worst. This is a great list of ideas. Thanks for sharing.
I can be forgetful sometimes. Usually when I’m tired. I’d love to play Lonpos. I bet it would help!
That game looks like fun to me. I know that my memory problems are due in large part to lack of sleep.
Stress and brain games I need less and more of that’s for sure! Great tools here that I need to check out!
This is a great list of ways to improve brain power!! I have noticed I seem more on top of things when I work out on a regular basis!
Felissa @ Two Little Cavaliers
These games seem like the most fun way to improve memory. I also love the sleep chart that you shared.
Sometimes I feel like my toddlers are stealing my memory. There are so many things I could do to help my tired brain out!
Reducing stress seems impossible most of the time. I will have to try these out and see if they help!
Thanks for the tips! I have been having trouble remembering things. I thought maybe my brain had hit is maximum capacity for information. I guess it may be because I stress out so much.
Man was this post just what I needed to read! I’ve been having serious memory issues – maybe it’s pregnancy brain – but it’s been tough!
great ideas!!! i love the fitbit, it rocks. it motivates me to go a little more than i probably would without it.
These are great tips for improving your memory and brain power. I have noticed as i am getting older my memory is not as good as it used to be.
Mama to 5 BLessings
Sleep is a big factor for me. The baby still gets up to nurse a few times during the night and with staying up late blogging does not help either.
I can be a very forgetful person, these tips make a lot of sense. I have a bit of insomnia which doesn’t help, but I am exercising regularly now and hopefully that can help! 🙂
My dad did crossword puzzles and was lucid until his quick decline to death at age 90.
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