There’s nothing quite like looking back on a moment and immediately becoming immersed by the memory; recalling every detail, the sight, smell, or taste can transport you, allowing you to relive an experience time and time again.
How can we make sure that these moments are, in fact, unforgettable? As we age, our memories tend to decline, after all, especially if they go unattended.
If we choose to combat this happening, however, science is on our side. There are many ways to improve memory, but the following 5 are by far my favorites.
This takes work (hence the term “working memory.”) When we meditate, our brains stop processing new information, as our beta waves relax. Essentially, a well-rested brain becomes more agile and able to process and absorb information more easily.
This can include a variety of different challenges, such as a crossword puzzle, that cause you to focus and expand your mental abilities. It’s a good reason to take on that new habit of, say, learning the guitar… just don’t get too comfortable, because it’s the continuation of expanding your skills that works wonders.
This is especially helpful for seniors. And if you’re thinking that you’re covered because you have that special someone, or a big family, think again because the multiple studies out there refer to good, old fashion buddies.
It’s incredible to think about what our bodies are capable of when we aren’t even conscious. Many studies show that when a person gets a good night’s sleep, they are more likely to remember information learned the day before.
So grab your stainless steel mechanical pencil and your moleskin and get to writing, and allow your brain to process information in a more substantial way.