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WEEKLY TIP: 10 Ways to Improve Your Memory

Thursday, 25 March 2010 10:48 AM

Think there’s nothing you can do once your memory starts slipping? Think again. Try these 10 tips, which involve working your brain in new ways, to get it back on track. Also, check out my newsletter "Maintaining Your Memory" for additional information on how to keep your memory sharp.

1. Be alert. It sounds elementary, but simply being aware of what is happening increases and exercises your memory.

2. Get organized. Scientists agree: Short-term memory can only hold seven items at one time, so jot down notes.

3. Use association. For new information, ask yourself how it relates to ideas with which you’re already familiar.

4. Remember through teaching. Explain your new memory or idea to someone else in your own words.

5. Say it out loud. Recite what you are reading, then paraphrase it. Review your note out loud, too.

6. Set aside time for review. After learning something new, make time to review the information. Retention relies on review.

7. Exercise your memory. Learn a new subject or re-learn an old subject you have forgotten. Find more details on how you can keep your brain sharp, read my report "Save Your Brain."

8. Keep a journal. A journal exercises the mind. It will also help you remember through review.

9. Do crossword puzzles. They will help you remember, and sharpen your wit, too.

10. Practice using visual imagery. Mentally, go through the steps of building or creating something.

In addition to improving your memory through exercising your brain, you should avoid depression to keep your brain in tip-top condition. Studies have shown that depression causes a loss of memory. Over time, the memory and learning center of the brain actually shrinks. If you're depressed, get help. My special report "Omega 3: Nature’s Miracle Panacea" explains how omega-3 oils help prevent depression as well as lower your risk of heart disease.

And for additional information on how to prevent depression, read my report "Overcome Depression and Its Deadly Effects."

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