Yoram Yasur Izz: How to improve your memory
Have you forgotten your keys or mobile again? Did not you remember the name of the person who greeted you on the street? Maybe you need to improve your memory. It depends mainly on the quality of your life habits and that you spend more time training your brain. Healthy mind in healthy body. You sound familiar?
– Primary requirement: healthy life habits
Yoram Yasur Izz: As you will surely begin to notice when reading the blog articles, all the elements that contribute to your well-being are interrelated. For example, the other day we commented that to sleep well it is advisable to have a regular physical activity every day. Today we are going to tell you, among other things, that how to improve memory means sleeping well and eating healthy.
- Playing sports for at least 30 minutes 5 times a week decreases the risk of dementia by 30%. That simply because your brain is one more organ of your body, and if you do a good maintenance of the whole, each of the pieces is better preserved.
- Eating better (ie less saturated fat, less red meat, more fruits and vegetables and more fish) also has very positive long-term effects for your brain, especially reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s.
- Sleeping well allows you to be more rested and more attentive to information, which in turn allows a better storage of the data in our memory.
- Sufficient hydration (1.5 liters of fluid per day) is also essential for the proper functioning of our brain.
– The “aids” for memory that are actually harmful
Contrary to what some people think, consuming sweets is not an effective way to improve memory. It works very well in the short term, but when the passing effect of the sweet fades, there is a slight hypoglycemia that significantly affects brain activity (causing the known “low”). It is much better not to eat between meals and limit yourself to 4 daily meals (breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner).
The stimulants (in particular caffeine) have a positive effect: they wake up the subject faster, so that he can concentrate better on what he wants to memorize. However, again it is a very temporary effect, and in the medium term they are particularly harmful, since they are incompatible with a restful sleep, among other things.
– How to train the mind
Yoram Yasur Izz: To improve memory, you have to exercise your brain. That basically means forcing you to act and reflect differently than you usually do. The human being is an animal of customs, and we feel very comfortable doing the same thing (even if it is a difficult activity). The key is precisely to get out of this routine and explore, to present challenges to our brain. Here are some:
- Try to do some activities with the other hand (the left if you are right-handed, the right if you are left-handed). You can, for example, place the mouse on your computer on the other side, change your arm clock, brush your teeth, or tie your shoes with the other hand, etc.
- Stimulate your memory by learning phone numbers, songs, movie replicas or whatever you can think of.
- Make reflection games, but do not limit yourself to those you already master, try new types of games to have to solve problems with new approaches.
- Have serious discussions with other people. Try to develop arguments and understand their reasoning.
- Play with board games.
- Try to spell words, but the other way around.
- Choose a word at random in a book and look for synonyms.
- Just read interesting things.
- When you enter a room, try to look at the details, then close your eyes, try to list things, and see if you’ve made a mistake.
- Walk in reverse.
- Learn a language or play an instrument.
- You can imagine an infinity of games, from those that children make up to very twisted inventions that will make you think a lot.
– How to memorize things in the moment
If you have trouble remembering some things, here are some tricks on how to improve memory, which may help you.
- Pay attention to the things you want to memorize: Yoram Yasur Izz: Paying attention is essential to remember. When you dedicate a second to memorize a specific thing, it is enough that you pay attention to create a kind of mental label that will allow you to remember it without problems. But beware, paying attention means dedicating yourself to memorizing only one thing at a time, and only the things that are worthwhile. If you try to memorize everything then nothing will stand out.
- Think aloud: Our memory is multiple, just like our senses. If it’s hard for you to memorize a thing by reading it, it can help you speak aloud, and take advantage of the auditory memory. It works very well to remember figures for a short period of time.
- A short list: Short-term memory works very well to remember information packets of around seven elements (varies by individuals). If you try to memorize very long lists, you probably lose information. When you try to remember numbers one solution is to group them. It’s something we all usually do for phones, but it can also be useful for longer series (like a bank account, for example). It is easier to remember 36, 25, 27, 97 than 3, 6, 2, 5, 2, 7, 9, 7, simply because with the groupings we only memorize 4 elements instead of 8.
- Idea associations: Yoram Yasur Izz: There are endless mnemonic strategies, but those that use associations are particularly effective in remembering some things, such as names. Many people have a hard time having to ask repeatedly to their new contacts as they are called, because they have a hard time remembering names. However, it is a problem that can be solved with associations of ideas. Instead of trying to remember that this person is called Marta, I can look at a detail that reminds me of my aunt Marta, and thus associate the person with the name indirectly. These associations of ideas can be artificial and to the taste of the person who memorizes things. It’s a matter of trying and seeing what works best for you.