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8 Habits to Help Boost Your Memory

By    |   Monday, 23 May 2016 06:57 PM

Improving memory doesn’t mean you have to undergo intense mental tasks. Just rearranging daily habits can stimulate the brain for memory enhancement.

Strengthening healthy habits and adding interesting ones to your lifestyle provide positive effects for the mind. These eight habits should help to boost your memory:

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1. Stay focused on one task at a time. Multitasking is sometimes considered a great skill or talent, but it can deplete mental activity, causing brain fatigue, Entrepreneur reports. It can also increase stress to take a toll on the brain.

2. Exercise is something that can become a memory-boosting habit. Regular physical activity improves blood flow, including blood to the memory area of the brain. Getting about 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three to four times a week reportedly improves attention, concentration, and memory.

3. Sleep allows the brain to process information and organize memories, according to The Huffington Post. Not only do adequate amounts of sleep each night improve memory, but  naps also can help people stay alert for memory retention.

4. Meditation improves memory and focus, researchers have found. There are different meditating techniques, including breathing exercises and relaxing to pleasant sounds or music.

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5. New experiences, whether activities or different routines, help the brain process information. The brain works harder to retain the new information it considers important.

6. A healthy diet is good for the heart and the brain, protecting the memory. A Mediterranean diet has been shown to decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to Harvard Medical School. The Mediterranean diet, originating in countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and unsaturated fats from olive oil and fish.

7. Humor and laughter help active learning and creative processes in the brain for better memory, HelpGuide.org reports.

8. Pay attention to friendships and relationships. Healthy relationships stimulate the brain. Research suggests that people with active social lives have a lower risk of memory decline, according to HelpGuide.org.

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