Does your brain ever let you down? Do you want to keep your memory sharp and improve it? A lot of individuals (including myself) have at least once suffered from low cognition. Everyone is sometimes forgetful, but you can always improve your memory! With these twenty proven memory tips, your memory will be precise in no time! Here are 20 ways to improve memory, that I have personally tried!

1. Puzzling

Puzzling is a fantastic way to improve your memory. If you regularly do puzzles, this will be good for your cognitive brain. You can think of puzzles such as sudokus and crosswords. Word searches and even line puzzles can also help improve your memory. Your brain must be stimulated in an effective way. So challenge yourself and puzzle a little bit every day. It can also help to alternate in the type of puzzles that you do.

2. Exercise

You might not expect it, but exercising is a great way to work on your memory and brain. It is equally important for our mental and body fitness. When you exercise, you ensure that there is better blood flow to your brain. In addition, it is a good way to relax, and this is also good for your brain. What exercises you do does not really matter. Choose a sport that you like. For example, running, fitness, swimming or playing football.

3. Sleep Enough

Sleep is extremely important for your memory. Many people sleep too little and can, therefore, have problems with their memory. It is especially important to be in a deep sleep long enough. So make sure your bedroom is perfect for a healthy night’s sleep and go to bed on time. It is a good way to give your brain enough rest between hectic days. Make sure you sleep at least eight hours a night and especially make sure you sleep well.

4. Use Mind Maps

If you want to train your memory, mind maps can help enormously. When creating a mind map, both hemispheres must work well together, and this is the perfect way to deal with it. With a mind map, you write down everything you have to think about with a particular word, or with a certain feeling that you have. You can also create a mind map to find new ideas for your company.

5. Use Reminders

It helps enormously when you use reminders. With this, you can positively stimulate your memory. When learning new names, you can, for example, try to link the name to something. Also, other things you want to remember are reminders and donkey bridges that you can think of. If you are busy with this a lot, it can help to improve your memory considerably.

6. Speak Out Loud

If your memory is not too good, then it is good to repeat things or to speak out loud. When you first meet someone, try to repeat their name when they introduce themselves, in order to remember it. It can also help to say what you do out loud. For example, say aloud: “I put my key on the stairs.” This easily allows you to remember later where something was kept. When you make it a habit to say things out loud, you will find that it is becoming easier to remember something.

7. Be Organized

Our memory often fails when we are chaotic. Therefore make sure that you are organized. Write everything down, make sure that your things are stored in the same place, and that everything makes sense. When you do this, it is also easier to remember everything. If you are organized, you are also actively training your brain. After all, you have to come up with a good method for everything.

8. Read

Try replacing an hour of television a day to read a book. This can be either fiction or non-fiction. Reading is good for your brain and your memory. It’s a way to get your brain to work actively. If you do this regularly, then you will definitely notice this in your memory. Reading is seen as a very good way to train your memory. No time to read? Then delve into speed reading.

9. Repeat Regularly

If you want to remember something, it is good to repeat it regularly. Say or write the things that you want to remember and keep repeating them. For example, you can practice this with your shopping list. Write it down, read it a few times, and then test yourself in the store to see if you have remembered everything. That way, you can continue to challenge yourself.

10. Learn A New Language

Learning a new language is a great way to train your memory. There are all kinds of ways to remember the words and sentences, and the more you practice, the better you master the language. It is precisely learning a language and the exercises that go with it that are good for your memory.

11. Learn A New Skill

In addition to learning a new language, it can also help you learn a whole new skill. Take a course, learn the theories, and develop yourself. Precisely by continuing to learn new things, you can continue to stimulate your brain, and this has a positive effect on the brain. You can follow a course that you pay for, but you can also follow all kinds of free courses online. For example, learn to play a musical instrument!

12. Take A Dance Class

A dance class – or an aerobics class in the gym – is a fantastic way to train your memory. Because you are actively involved in remembering things. In this case, you must remember the dance steps or movements — people who take a dance class work on their memory in a positive way.

13. Practice Daily By Remembering

If you take a moment every day to focus on things you have heard, for example, you can train your memory well. Consider what news items you saw on TV, what you heard on the radio, and what you told your colleague. By doing this every day, you can improve your memory more efficiently. Make sure that you are aware of this.

14. Apps To Train Your Memory

There are numerous apps that you can download for your phone or tablet, with which you can train your memory. You can do several puzzles and exercises here every day to improve your memory. This is mainly focused on reading and writing. Some apps have options where you can do daily mental exercises.

15. Have A Good Breakfast

Breakfast is seen as the most important meal of the day. It is the way to start up your body – and your brain – and give it new energy. To train your memory, it is therefore essential that you have a good breakfast every day.

16) Eat Healthily

Many studies have shown that a healthy diet can contribute to a positive effect on your brain. Junk food and sugar-rich food is detrimental to the functioning of your brain. So if you eat healthily, this can help improve your memory. Make sure that you eat enough vegetables and fruit and prevent that you grab the less healthy snacks.

17. Eat More Fish

Fish, and in particular fatty fish such as salmon and tuna, are known to have a positive effect on your brain. This is partly due to the Omega-3 that is in it. If you really do not like fish, or if you are vegetarian or vegan, you can choose to take supplements.

18. Drink Coffee

Coffee, especially caffeine, is very good for your memory. This has been demonstrated by several studies. Do not drink too much coffee, because this can be bad for your heart. But if you drink a cup every day, this can make a difference. Incidentally, it is better to get the caffeine from coffee than from, for example, cola or energy drink. The coffee beans themselves are also very good for you.

19. Stop Smoking

Do you smoke? Then stop. It is already known that this is unhealthy for you, but it also has a bad impact on your memory. When you stop smoking, you can certainly benefit from your memory in the long term. You can also adopt various methods to help you quitting smoking. After all, quitting smoking is not an easy task.

20. Supplements

Another way you can improve your memory is by consuming supplements to provide your body with all the necessary vitamins and minerals.  Certain herbal supplements are good for overall brain health. They utilize HGH, a natural hormone, which has an essential impact on your memory power. This occurs naturally in your body, but from the age of 30, your body makes less of it. HGH is important for your brain and memory, so it doesn’t hurt to get brain supplements that will get more HGH in your body.

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Matthew Swayne

Matthew Swayne is a cognitive expert. He takes workshops and has been writing for the last 8 years on cognition, brain health, memory enhancement, and stress-related issues online and on his blog, wethebrainys.

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