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Have we become too reliant on technology? Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE technology! Techie things can certainly come in handy and in many ways improve the quality of our lives, but the old saying rings true: “Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.”
For many of us, our devices keep us on track and help us remember things. I’m ashamed to admit that I can probably only remember about ten actual phone numbers in my life right now. When I need a number or address, I just go to my iPhone contacts or Google it. It’s kinda like when we were back in school and first got to use calculators for math problems. It becomes a crutch for some. And what did we ever do before GPS navigation? My kids think that maps are only for treasure-hunting pirates.
While technology can be a wonderful thing (when it works) and can make life simpler, it’s still important that we regularly boot up the most powerful computer that we own – our brains. Here are five ways to improve your memory and boost your brainpower:
1. Eat a Brain-Boosting Diet.
Just like your body needs fuel, so does your brain. We all know the health benefits of eating the right things, but did you know that those same right things can help sharpen your mind and improve memory? But it’s not just what you eat that’s important, it’s also what you don’t eat. The following nutritional tips will help boost your brain and could help reduce your risk of dementia:
- Take omega-3.
- Limit calories and saturated fats.
- Eat more fruits and veggies (you knew that was coming).
- Drink green tea.
- Drink wine (or grape juice) in moderation.
- For mental energy, choose complex carbs.
2. Use Mnemonic Devices.
These are clues like visual images, acrostics, acronyms, rhymes, alliterations, etc. that help us remember something. A good way to remember phone numbers is to chunk down the digits into three sets of numbers: 813-413-4154 as opposed to 8134134154.
3. Keep Your Stress in Check.
Stress is one of your brain’s worst enemies. Really. Over time, it can destroy brain cells if left unchecked. There are many ways to deal with stress, unfortunately most people don’t do them. Take a walk, get some fresh air, meditate, exercise, seek professional help if necessary, but do something to keep stress, anxiety, and depression in check. Your brain will thank you and you’ll enjoy life alot more.
4. Make Time for Friends and Family.
You probably thought this post was going to be all serious and instruct you to do more puzzles or study harder to strengthen your cognitive skills. One of the best things you can do for your mental well being is have meaningful relationships and a strong support system. Relationships stimulate the brain and interaction with others (especially those that you love) might be the best brain exercise available. Some other ideas to engage in social interaction are volunteer, join a club, or get a pet.
5. Laugh More.
Laughter is the best medicine – even for your brain and particularly your memory. Laughter engages multiple regions across the entire brain. Think about the witty people around you. Their brains are always working to either remember or create punchlines. So if you don’t want to have to rely on Siri to remember everything for you, try this: laugh at yourself, spend time with fun people, remind yourself to lighten up, and act like a kid sometimes (when appropriate, of course).
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