How to Improve Your Memory
Moments of forgetfulness are common and frustrating. They can be especially annoying when we forget something important, like the answer to a test question or where we left our keys. Memory not only plays a large role in the success of students, but it also impacts our day-to-day lives as adults. Whether you’re a student looking hold onto what you learn in school or an adult who wishes they were less forgetful, there are small things you can do to improve your memory.
1. Get enough sleep
Getting enough sleep impacts our ability to remember things well. As Health Line explains, “sleep plays an important role in memory consolidation, a process in which short-term memories are strengthened and transformed into long-lasting memories.” Not getting enough sleep lowers your ability to retain memories and information.
If your poor memory might be caused by a lack of sleep, try setting a sleep schedule. Sticking to a sleep schedule will help you get more sleep and can help improve your memory. You can find more tips on improving your sleep in this blog post we shared in January: https://herbalconcepts.com/how-to-get-more-sleep/.
2. Practice mindfulness
To be mindful means to be aware of your surroundings and your feelings. Focusing on your feelings and being present in every moment will help you improve your concentration. This, in turn, helps you remember more about your day.
A journal is a tool that is particularly helpful in documenting the things you notice while remaining present during your day. Keeping a journal allows you to recall the information that you have held onto throughout the day. It also allows you to read entries from your past and refresh your memory about days you described in your writing.
3. Minimize distractions
Minimizing the number of distracting sounds and objects around you will help you focus when studying for a test or reading. Focusing on one task at a time and giving that task all of your attention will help you remember it better.
You may want to try finding a quiet place to study rather than sitting in a loud, busy room. Turning off any music or a nearby TV will also allow you to shift all of your focus to the task at hand.
4. Organize what you’re trying to remember
To save yourself from confusion, group similar tasks together when you are reminding yourself to do them. WebMd provides the example of changing “the batteries in your home smoke detectors whenever you change the clocks for daylight-saving time.” Grouping tasks that are completely unrelated and that would not be done at the same time might be more difficult to remember. Try sticking to things that are logically related.
5. Read out loud
If you are trying to remember something, write it down and read it to yourself out loud. This also works with messages that are already written down. Reading something out loud has a positive impact on your ability to remember it later. Try reading the piece of text a few times if it is more complex and harder to memorize.
Meditation can help you relax and improve your memory. Taking a few moments to relax before or after studying can help you relieve any stress associated with trying to remember something. By eliminating stress, meditation helps get rid of at least one distraction and positively impacts your memory.
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