Best ways to improve long-term memory

rodpap By rodpap, 14th Sep 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Find out the best ways to improve your long-term memory and stop forgetting about important things once and for all!

Introduction

One of the biggest lies we tell ourselves is: “I’ll remember that”. But the truth is, you most likely will not remember it and you will probably end up having to write that thing down, and carry it around and then, all of a sudden, it’s a whole new thing you have to remember. And it’s just not comfortable to live like this, but there is a solution.

Your brain is a muscle, and like every other muscle in your body, it can be trained and improved. Through training, you can find ways to develop your reflexes, ways to develop your problem-solving abilities, and the thing we’re here to talk about: ways to improve long-term memory.

What Is Long-Term Memory?

Long term memory is the type of memory that lasts days, months, years and even goes up to decades. It’s originated from our short term memories, and it is defined as the final state of memory, where information can be stored for long periods of time.
Long-term memory is broken down into two categories:

-Explicit (declarative) memory - Refers to memories that can be recalled consciously recalled, such as knowledge. For example, you can consciously recall the name of the street you live in.
-Implicit (procedural) memory – Refers to memories in which unconscious impulses respond automatically to the environment. For example, you can subconsciously recall how to ride a bike.

As you get older, it is perfectly normal to lose long-term memories – it’s just how nature does its thing. Stress usually boosts up the rate, at which you lose long term memories, but there are ways to counter these losses and there are ways to improve long-term memory. No worries, we’ll look at some memory improvement tips in this article in order to help you enhance your long-term memory.

How To Improve Long-Term Memory:

Without further ado, let’s get into the ways you can improve long-term memory:

1. Physical exercise – Exercising your body regularly will not only keep your body strong, fit and good looking, it will also help your brain. When you work out you improve your cardiovascular system, and this system is crucial to pump blood and fresh oxygen into your brain. Furthermore, it helps regulate the levels of blood sugar, essential for the part of the brain that controls memory – the hippocampus.

2. Brain exercises – Studies found that seniors who do exercises that require high brain function like puzzles, crosswords, reading, writing and playing card games delayed their dementia. As such, it is recommended that everyone does these memory exercises at least twice a day in order to keep brain powers strong and prevent them from stagnating. Games that make you think a lot and solve puzzles can be found pretty much everywhere, so all you need to do is to stop watching TV and start playing games!

3. Sleep – This is definitely the best one of them. When you don’t sleep, your brain can’t operate to its fullest potential. A lot of its abilities such as creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking are weakened due to the lack of sleep. Sleep is required to consolidate and to enhance memories, and as such, when you are sleep deprived, you are damaging yourself. So now whenever someone says you sleep too much, tell them you’re working on your long term memory!

4. Laugh and relax – Laughter is the best medicine, and this applies to pretty much everything, including memory. In fact, one of the best ways to improve memory in general, is laughter. This is pretty much because laughter reduces your stress levels. Stress releases a chemical, cortisol that affects your brain functions and your memory. Under the effect of cortisol, you’ll feel like you’re drawing a blank when you’re trying to remember something Jokes and punch lines also activate areas of your brain that work on learning and creativity.

5. Boost up with a diet – Eating in a healthy manner is always a good thing – always. Sometimes, a poor diet can be the cause of poor memory. In order to improve your memory, you need to eat food rich in nutrients, including omega-3, vitamin B and antioxidants. Fruit, vegetables, green tea, wine (in moderation) and salmon will help you get these nutrients in your system. These nutrients will help you forge and retrieve memories.

6. Concentrate harder – A lot of people have problems with concentration. They just can’t focus on something, and get distracted very easily. In class, at work, while working out, while surfing the web, and in a huge amount of situations, people just lose focus. The brain needs to be stimulated and it needs to be challenged. In order to do this all, you have to do, is concentrate. Focus on the task at hand, and take an interest in whatever it is you are doing.

7. Mnemonics – A mnemonic device is basically a tool that helps us remember something by association. Usually, we simply associate a visual image, a word, a sentence or an odor with what we want to remember. Examples of mnemonics are acrostics, acronyms, chunking, and rhymes. For example, in order to remember a phone number, I chunk it into smaller sets of numbers in order to facilitate the memory.

8. Replay your memories – Replaying your memories will help you keep them stuck in your brain. For example, if you need to know what your professor talked about in class for an important exam later on, it is a good idea to spend a few minutes reviewing it a few minutes after class, and repeat it from time to time. Eventually, it will be so easy to recall the lesson, that you’ve pretty much made it a long-term memory. Taking notes and repeating the information you receive also helps you keep it in your memory.st

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Memory, Memory Improvement, Memory Loss, Memory Tricks

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
15th Sep 2015 (#)

Indeed those are great exercises, cheers!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Sep 2015 (#)

Sort of a losing battle in the end but if we can delay the process, why not? siva

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author avatar rodpap
26th Sep 2015 (#)

In the end you'll always lose the battle, might as well go down swinging :)

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