Memory is a terrible thing to waste. You have to keep your brain working in order to get rid of poor memory. Exercising your mind regularly can even prevent you from rapid degeneration caused by Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s and more.
Memory Loss vs. Dementia
Memory loss is a fact of life. It usually occurs as we age. However, even young people can experience temporary forgetfulness. Usually this is a condition brought on by tiredness, illness, depression, stress, anxiety, and so on.
Some people may also be forgetful because they have been diagnoses with ADD or ADHD (two different types of hyperactive disorders of which often includes poor memory.) However, poor memory does not mean you have a degenerative disorder.
Unlike a degenerative disorder, memory loss is simply the result of reduced natural hormone production. The human GH is one example of such that declines with age and results in memory loss.
On the contrary, degenerative diseases usually result in a more rapid deterioration of the brain and result in far more severe memory loss. It often is genetic or is a result of poor diet and poor lifestyle choices. In any case, it usually is characterized by extreme loss in nervous functioning and is not the result of any viral, bacterial, or other pathogenic disease.
In any case, you can get rid of poor memory in most cases by following one or more of these steps:
- Make sure you get enough sleep and rest. If you receive at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep every night as adult your mind will be more alert. As a result your work productivity and cognitive ability will improve immensely. On the contrary, if you lack sleep you will have a tendency to be spacy and forgetful. So, get enough rest/sleep
- Force yourself to concentrate. Many people have a bad habit of daydreaming, especially when they are bored, stressed, or depressed. This can cause you to miss very significant points discussed in a lecture or report. Find a reason to concentrate on the message being delivered by a speaker. Make it your goal to learn something from the speech no matter how boring it is!
- Rehearse important facts or processes. Whether it is playing music, learning math problems, or remembering historical data, rehearse. Think of ways to associate the information to something that is relevant to your life, or create an acronym or song. These are all ways to help you remember facts, especially if you are planning to take a school exam soon. This will also help if you want to play music or sing in public some day.
- Slow down and do not push yourself too hard. You should give yourself plenty of time to learn material for a test, for instance. Also, if you have to go over and over an item and you are not remembering it right away take a break for at least five minutes. Maybe even take a 30 minute nap before you return to studying or learning. Pacing yourself will help retain whatever you are trying to learn for longer times.
- Eat a healthy diet. Eating foods with all the essential vitamins and minerals is very helpful. You might also consider taking a multivitamin or antioxidant supplement. Reduce the amount of fat, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol you consume. All this will help preserve your brain power.