- Get a good night’s rest.
Sleep needs vary with age and lifestyle; however, the sweet spot is said to be around 7-9 hours. Changes in the brain occur during sleep which is why babies require so much of it! A solid nights’ rest could help you boost your performance with various “memory tasks” such as recognition, recollection, and relearning information. Make sure you have the right mattress, pillows and sleep accessories for your hibernation.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Depression has been shown to cause heightened cortisol levels in the bloodstream. Cortisol, in small amounts has positive effects such as increased memory functions. However, once in the brain, high levels of the hormone can diminish certain parts of the hippocampus (the part of the brain essential to memory). So, take a deep breath, brush off the small things and let your body recalibrate that cortisol.
- Get to moving.
Exercise activates blood flow to the brain, specifically the hippocampus which plays a key role in both long and short-term memory. Aerobic exercises improves memory and brain function causing an increase in blood flow to the brain. This positively impacts memory.
- Eat your way to improved memory.
Nutritionist and health enthusiasts around the world know this one—foods containing omega-3s and antioxidants have a direct impact on brain health. So run to your nearest farmer’s market and stock up on berries, fatty fish and leafy greens for strong brain game!
- Laugh a little… or a lot.
There has been extensive research into the benefits of laughing. Yes, you heard that right. There are people out there who get paid to study the effects of laughter! One study showed that laughing really was the best medicine, and this time the best medicine for age-related memory loss.