How’s Your Memory?
One of the top concerns these days is memory -- how to maintain it, how to make it better, whether the things you're experiencing mean Alzheimer's, etc., etc.
Let me tell you some things you can do to keep your memory functioning...
First of all, your brain is an extremely powerful computer. Unlike the store bought computers, it has an amazing ability to adapt and change, no matter how old you are. This is known as neuroplasticity. You can harness it to increase your cognitive skills, and improve your learning ability and memory.
One of the first things you have to pay attention to -- your sleep patterns. Sleep is critical when it comes to learning and memory.
Next, adequate exercise will also help get your brain into tip top shape. Exercise for your body means exercise for your brain. It helps to improve your brain's chemical environment and protect your brain cells.
Everyone leads a busy lifestyle these days, but even so, you need to make a point of socializing with family and friends. Don't try to find time -- you must make time.
Did you know that just the act of socializing with friends can boost your memory? Interacting with others is one of the best brain exercises. A Harvard research study showed that people who had active social lives encountered the slowest rate of memory decline.
While meeting with your friends is great, it really isn't always possible, is it? If a friend isn't available, socialize with your pet.
Laughter is the best medicine and this is definitely true when it comes to your brain. Laughter uses multiple areas of your brain, areas that play important roles in learning and creativity.
Not sure what to laugh about? Try laughing at yourself by not taking yourself so seriously. Find people who are fun and hang out with them. Keep a fun toy on your desk, or a fun poster on your wall to remind yourself during the day to lighten up.
One of the worst enemies for your brain is stress. If you allow your stress levels to build it can actually destroy brain cells. It also damages an area of the brain called the hippocampus. This is the region where new memories are formed and where old ones are retrieved.
All of these above points have one thing in common. They all contribute to a healthy lifestyle, that includes proper sleep, exercise and spending time with family and friends. And don't forget to eat right!