10 ways to keep your mind sharp!

We all face the problem of forgetting things. Here is some solution how can you remember things!

Continue to learn and expand your mind:

Read, write your life story, learn a new language, do crosswords, play chess or bridge, learn to play an instrument.


Use all your senses:

The more senses you use in learning something, the more of your brain will be involved in retaining the memory.


Don’t get down on yourself:

If you believe you can improve and you translate that belief into practice, you have a better chance of keeping your mind sharp.


Automate the mundane and simplify your life:

Take advantages of calendars, maps, list, etc. so you can concentrate on learning and remembering new and important things.


Repeat what you want to remember:

If you find yourself forgetting things all the time, repeat the things you don’t want to slip your mind until they are stuck into your head.


Space out your repetitions:

Space out periods of study- once an hour, then every few hours, then every day.


Ever heard of a mnemonic:

So what is mnemonic? a device such as a pattern of letters, ideas, or associations that assists in remembering something. Mnemonic devices can take the form of acronyms or sentences. For example: “Every Good Boy Does Fine” for the musical notes E, G, B, D and F


Do something:

Scientists are starting to think that regular aerobic exercise may be the single most important thing you can do for the long-term health of your brain. While the heart and lungs respond loudly to a sprint on the treadmill, the brain is quietly getting fitter with each step, too. For mental fitness, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every other day.


Chill out:

Stress takes a toll on the brain by washing harmful chemicals over the hippocampus and other brain areas involved in memory. Some scientists suspect that living a balanced lifestyle and pursuing relaxing activities such as yoga, socializing and crafting may delay memory impairment by reducing stress.


Get your beauty rest:

When we rest and dream, memories are sifted through, some discarded, others consolidated and saved. When we don’t sleep, a recent study found, proteins build up on synapses, possibly making it hard to think and learn new things. Furthermore, chronically sleeping poorly (in contrast to not enough) is linked to cognitive decline in old age, although the relationship may not be causal.


Contributor: Tamrin Afroz Zilani

North South University

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