50 Ways to improve your memory

A list created by Lee Sonogan

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“Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.”
― Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

‘Everyone gets forgetful every now and then.  With modern knowledge we have methods and techniques very useful to fight against memory loss. Improving memory, includes diet, exercise, stress management, cognitive therapy, Neuroimaging, neurobiological, pharmaceutical medications and more. So the information is out there to practise and train your memory. The following list is based on science, studies and logic.

  1. Make memorizing a personal habit
  2. Focus your attention
  3. Organise what you do with structure
  4. Have variations in your daily routine
  5. Visualize concepts
  6. Give your brain a workout
  7. Memorize the new through the old
  8. Cultivate a broad range of interests
  9. Talk over the things you want to remember
  10. Make the memory mean something
  11. Master a new skill
  12. Listen/observations
  13. Learn another language
  14. Read out loud
  15. Draw something
  16. Clench your fist
  17. Don’t skip the physical exercise
  18. New experiences
  19. Involve many senses as possible
  20. Take a nap
  21. Get your sleep
  22. Make time for friends
  23. Keep stress in check
  24. Have a laugh
  25. The colour red
  26. Maintain a healthy weight
  27. Eat a brain-boosting diet
  28. Eat less sugar
  29. Try a fish oil supplement
  30. Drink less alcohol
  31. Cut down on refined carbs
  32. Get vitamin D levels tested
  33. Choose anti-inflammatory foods
  34. Add some cocoa to your diet
  35. Drink coffee
  36. Eat berries for better long-term memory
  37. Chew gum to make strong memories
  38. Identify and treat health problems
  39. Take practical steps to support learning and memory
  40. Avoid cramming in a short amount of time
  41. Stop multitasking
  42. Write down what you need to remember
  43. Memorize meanings
  44. Try Mnemonic devices
  45. Use a white noise machine
  46. Use meditation
  47. Practise mindfulness
  48. Revive your recent memories
  49. Memorize early in the day
  50. Have a positive attitude about remembering

Remember to remember the ideas you can try on this list. As we get older we should take our memory very seriously. Our memory is one of the most important functions of a human’s mind. With out it there would be chaos. To learn you must have the capability to expand your memory!

“People have an annoying habit of remembering things they shouldn’t.”
― Christopher Paolini, Eragon

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