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    How to Improve Your Memory & Exercise Your Brain

    Everyone can take steps to improve their memory, and with time and practice
    most people can gain the ability to memorize seemingly impossible amounts of
    information. Whether you want to win the World Memory Championships, ace
    your history test, or simply remember where you put your keys, this article
    can get you started. Scientists believe that exercising your brain can
    create a 'cognitive reserve' that will help you stay sharp as you age.

    1. Convince yourself that you do have a good memory that will improve. Too
    many people get stuck here and convince themselves that their memory is bad,
    that they are just not good with names, that numbers just slip out of their
    minds for some reason. Erase those thoughts and vow to improve your memory.
    Commit yourself to the task and bask in your achievements it's hard to
    keep motivated if you beat yourself down every time you make a little bit of

    2. Keep your brain active. The brain is not a muscle, but regularly
    exercising" the brain actually does keep it growing and spurs the
    development of new nerve connections that can help improve memory. By
    developing new mental skillsespecially complex ones such as learning a new language or learning to play a new musical instrumentand challenging your
    brain with puzzles and games you can keep your brain active and improve its physiological functioning.

    3. Exercise daily. Regular aerobic exercise improves circulation and
    efficiency throughout the body, including in the brain, and can help ward
    off the memory loss that comes with aging. Exercise also makes you more
    alert and relaxed, and can thereby improve your memory uptake, allowing you
    to take better mental "pictures."

    4. Reduce stress. Chronic stress, although it does not physically damage the
    brain, can make remembering much more difficult. Even temporary stresses can
    make it more difficult to effectively focus on concepts and observe things.
    Try to relax, regularly practice yoga or other stretching exercises, and see
    a doctor if you have severe chronic stress.

    5. Eat well and eat right. There are a lot of herbal supplements on the
    market that claim to improve memory, but none have yet been shown to be
    effective in clinical tests (although small studies have shown some
    promising results for ginkgo biloba and phosphatidylserine) . A healthy diet,
    however, contributes to a healthy brain, and foods containing
    antioxidants broccoli, blueberries, spinach, and berries, for exampleand
    Omega-3 fatty acids appear to promote healthy brain functioning. Feed your
    brain with such supplements as Thiamine, Vitamin E, Niacin and Vitamin B-6.
    Grazing, eating 5 or 6 small meals throughout the day instead of 3 large
    meals, also seems to improve mental functioning (including memory) by
    limiting dips in blood sugar, which may negatively affect the brain.

    6. Take better pictures. Often we forget things not because our memory is
    bad, but rather because our observational skills need work. One common
    situation where this occurs (and which almost everyone can relate to) is
    meeting new people. Often we don't really learn people's names at first
    because we aren't really concentrating on remembering them. You'll find that
    if you make a conscious effort to remember such things, you'll do much
    better. One way to train yourself to be more observant is to look at an
    unfamiliar photograph for a few seconds and then turn the photograph over
    and describe or write down as many details as you can about the photograph.
    Try closing your eyes and picturing the photo in your mind. Use a new
    photograph each time you try this exercise, and with regular practice you
    will find you're able to remember more details with even shorter glimpses of
    the photos.

    7. Give yourself time to form a memory. Memories are very fragile in the
    short-term, and distractions can make you quickly forget something as simple
    as a phone number. The key to avoid losing memories before you can even form
    them is to be able to focus on the thing to be remembered for a while
    without thinking about other things, so when you're trying to remember
    something, avoid distractions and complicated tasks for a few minutes.

    8. Create vivid, memorable images. You remember information more easily if
    you can visualize it. If you want to associate a child with a book, try not
    to visualize the child reading the book that's too simple and forgettable.
    Instead, come up with something more jarring, something that sticks, like
    the book chasing the child, or the child eating the book. It's your mind
    make the images as shocking and emotional as possible to keep the
    associations strong.

    9. Repeat things you need to learn. The more times you hear, see, or think
    about something, the more surely you'll remember it, right? It's a
    no-brainer. When you want to remember something, be it your new coworker's
    name or your best friend's birthday, repeat it, either out loud or silently.
    Try writing it down; think about it.

    10. Group things you need to remember. Random lists of things (a shopping
    list, for example) can be especially difficult to remember. To make it
    easier, try categorizing the individual things from the list. If you can
    remember that, among other things, you wanted to buy four different kinds of
    vegetables, you'll find it easier to remember all four.

    11. Organize your life. Keep items that you frequently need, such as keys
    and eyeglasses, in the same place every time. Use an electronic organizer or
    daily planner to keep track of appointments, due dates for bills, and other
    tasks. Keep phone numbers and addresses in an address book or enter them
    into your computer or cell phone. Improved organization can help free up
    your powers of concentration so that you can remember less routine things.
    Even if being organized doesn't improve your memory, you'll receive a lot of
    the same benefits (i.e. you won't have to search for your keys anymore).

    12. Try meditation. Research now suggests that people who regularly practice
    "mindfulness" meditation are able to focus better and may have better
    memories. Mindfulness (also known as awareness or insight meditation) is the
    type commonly practiced in Western countries and is easy to learn. Studies
    at Massachusetts General Hospital show that regular meditation thickens the
    cerebral cortex in the brain by increasing the blood flow to that region.
    Some researchers believe this can enhance attention span, focus, and memory.

    13. Sleep well. The amount of sleep we get affects the brain's ability to
    recall recently learned information. Getting a good night's sleep a
    minimum of seven hours a night may improve your short-term memory and
    long-term relational memory, according to recent studies conducted at the
    Harvard Medical School.

    14. Build your memorization arsenal. Learn pegs, memory palaces, and the
    Dominic System. These techniques form the foundation for mnemonic techniques
    and will visibly improve your memory.

    15. Venture out and learn from your mistakes. Go ahead and take a stab at
    memorizing the first one hundred digits of pi, or, if you've done that
    already, the first one thousand. Memorize the monarchs of England through
    your memory palaces, or your grocery list through visualization. Through
    diligent effort you will eventually master the art of memorization
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