8 Tips On How To Improve Memory And Concentration

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In life, there is so much that happens. Everyone, therefore, relies on their memories to run their entire lives. Day-to-day activities rely on your memory as well as concentration to help you achieve every one of them.

Remembering events, activities, as well as information in the long-term comes as an added advantage. This is because they define you as a person and play a significant role in establishing an excellent foundation for your future. To help meet this objective, here are 8 tips on how to improve memory and concentration. Lets get things rolling:

8 Tips On How To Improve Memory And Concentration:

1) Ensure That You Sleep Enough:

Rest is essential not just for your body but also for your brain. You need to allow your brain enough time to absorb all the data you provide it with.

The best way to do this is not by resting on a couch and watching television but by getting actual sleep. The recommended time is about 7-8 hours every day. During this period, you can trust your brain to take in all of the day’s activities and convert them into long-term memories.

2) Avoid Distractions As Much As Possible:

In an effort to sharpen your mind, you need to avoid distractions as much as possible. Workings on one activity allows you to concentrate better and manage to store more information.

Taking on several activities at the same time divides your concentration and prevents you from being able to store relevant information. If you are studying, try to get a secluded area rather than studying in a busy environment where there is music, people walking around or chatting. You will lose your concentration and ability to retain content.

3) Consume A Memory Aid Diet:

Believe it or not but there are foods that boost your memory fast. A diet rich in foods that increase your memory on a regular basis and not when needed will improve your memory as well as retain your concentration towards the important things in your surroundings.

This diet goes a long way into maintaining your memory capability even in old age when being forgetful is inevitable due to age (but not by much). The following foods can be incorporated into your daily diet.

-Cold-water fish as they are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids such s salmon, sardines, and tuna.

-All types of berries (the berry family) such as blueberries, raspberries, as well as grapes.

-Fruits and vegetables that are brightly colored such as plums, apples, grapes, pineapples, peaches, and watermelons.

-Nuts such as cashew nuts, hazel nuts, peanuts, and walnuts

-Dairy products such as cheese, milk, and yogurt

-Whole grains are advisable and avoid processed foods.

-Seeds such as flaxseeds and roasted pumpkin seeds.

4) Exercise Outdoors:

Going outdoors and using your body comes as an added advantage as it helps supply sufficient amounts of oxygen to your brain cells. This is enough to ensure that the brain remains healthy while at the same time your ability to stay alert is heightened.

It does not have to be intense exercise; you can try jogging in the morning, cycling, swimming, as well as a simple walk in the park. However, it is important that you make this a regular occurrence rather than an occasional activity. Being in the outdoors helps to supply the right levels of oxygen and prevents uptight environments.

5) Exercise Your Brain With Games:

Using your mind is simple yet it can take some time to adjust to. To exercise your brain, you need to challenge your memory by taking on some mind games.

Some of these games include chess (my favorite), play cards, read a book, fill a crossword, or complete a Sudoku. Puzzles have always been a fun way of exercising your brain. The key objective is to stimulate your brain, which in turn plays a role in preventing memory loss.

6) Teach Someone Else Something:

Once you have obtained some data, you can try passing on the information to another person. Through this, you will be placing what you have learned in your own understanding.

Also, since you know that you will have to pass on the information, you will intentionally focus and improve your concentration span. The focus aims at ensuring you do not mislead another person as you try to sharpen your memory in the long-term. Always make an excuse to talk about it and from the repeat experience, you are bound to improve your ability to retain information.

how to improve memory and concentration

7) Find Something That Motivates You:

You will note that once you are motivated to learn and understand something, your concentration and focus is top notch. Identify a motivational factor and you will listen to an entire session no matter how long it takes.

If you are going to learn about something, derive a reason as to why it is important not just as a session but its importance to you as a person. Everyone knows that what he or she consider important does not fade away fast. This is why many will not forget their anniversaries and birthdays.

8) Identify Special Techniques:

There are several techniques to improve your memory. These include:

-Use of visualization comes in handy for individuals who are good with their sight. These individuals will close their eyes and lay it down for you on how the information was provided from the source.

-Associating material to a person or a significant occurrence will retain the memory every time you see the person or attend a similar event.

-Reciting information is ideal as you get to relate to the information in question in your own terms.

Conclusion:

Improving memory and concentration is not something to do overnight. This is something that needs frequent consideration and must be upheld in the long-term to derive the best results. Every tip above requires that you get started as early as possible. Though memory loss is a result of age, you have the ability to delay this natural occurrence with the above tips.

They provide a long-term solution to improving memory loss and boosting your concentration. Leave some comments/feedback/questions and I will get back with you to help you out. Cheers

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10 Response to 8 Tips On How To Improve Memory And Concentration

  1. Emily on May 30, 2015

    hi there
    those are great practical tips for sure! I know that if I do not get enough sleep I cannot concentrate for the life of me. When I was in university, I needed absolute quiet to study as well. I never understood how some people could just study in public places. I would be in my bedroom and I would study aloud, oftentimes talking to myself. It would help me memorize. We all have our little tricks to aid our memory and concentration but the ones you provide here are universal I think

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    • A.J. on May 31, 2015

      Emily I am glad that this fells right for you. I hope that your memory will continue to keep getting better and better every day. You truly can memorize anything you want, you are the universes highest form of creating living in a physical body.

      Reply
  2. CarolynCal1 on May 30, 2015

    I love the tricks you gave here and especially the memory aid diet and the importance of sleep.
    I think the more we grow old and sit on our knowledge and experience, we tend to forget that the brain needs to be stimulated and challenged so to speak.
    A lot of people I know do Sodoku and they became really good at it. I think that when it gets too easy it means it’s time to move to a more difficult activity.
    Does that make sens? Should we just do things that we are good at to keep it simple and pleasant?

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    • A.J. on May 31, 2015

      Thanks for reading Carolyn, I think we should continue to do things that are difficult as it helps us to find out what are limits our (if we even have any). The more you push yourself the more you will find out how much you can really do in life. Best wishes 🙂

      Reply
  3. Brandon on May 30, 2015

    Hey great post,

    This really puts some great fundamentals into a nice article. It was a great point that you need to exercise outdoors and get proper sleep as just those two alone can help so much. Then when you feel good, you can find what motivates you and life opens up and you control what happens instead of the world dictating what happens.

    I will be back to read more
    Brandon

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    • A.J. on May 31, 2015

      thanks for taking the time to read my post Branded. I hope to see you back here more and more to help you with your day to day life. Best wishes

      Alex

      Reply
  4. Emanuel on May 31, 2015

    Finally I found a website with all the information that I was looking for.
    You have some great information here! I am just learning on How To Improve Memory And Concentration, so I learned a lot.
    Thanks!
    You saved my day.

    Reply
    • A.J. on June 1, 2015

      Thanks Emanuel, I look forward to being of more help to you every day 🙂

      Reply
  5. Martin on June 18, 2015

    I will definitely will be applying the things I read in this article. I really could use some memory improvement.

    Reply

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