Can’t find your car keys or wallet? Forget what items you wanted to get at the grocery store? Can’t remember the name of the personal trainer you liked at the gym? You’re not the only one. Everyone forgets things occasionally. Still, memory loss is nothing to take lightly.
Consider the following Mayo Clinic brain stimulating and memory sharpening tips to help you with your memory loss. Remember seek help from your doctor if you feel your memory is worse than it should be.
Stay active – Mentally.
Brain puzzles. Cross words. Read! Just as physical activity helps keep your body in shape, mentally stimulating activities help keep your brain in shape — and might keep memory loss at bay. Take alternate routes when driving. Learn to play a musical instrument. Volunteer at a local school or community organization.
Social interaction helps ward off depression and stress, both of which can contribute to memory loss. Look for opportunities to get together with loved ones, friends and others — especially if you live alone. When you’re invited to share a meal or attend an event, get going.
Organize your life.
You’re more likely to forget things if your home is cluttered and your notes are in disarray. Jot down tasks, appointments and other events in a special notebook, calendar or electronic planner. You might even repeat each entry out loud as you jot it down to help cement it in your memory. Keep to-do lists current and check off items you’ve completed. Set aside a certain place for your wallet, keys and other essentials.
Limit distractions and don’t try to do too many things at once. If you focus on the information that you’re trying to remember, you’ll be more likely to recall it later. It might also help to connect what you’re trying to remember to a favorite song or another familiar concept.
Sleep plays an important role in helping you consolidate your memories, so you can recall them down the road. Make getting enough sleep a priority. Most adults need seven to eight hours of sleep a day.
Talk to your doctor if you are having problems with your memory.Tags: brain health, dont forget, memory, memory tricks, remember