Not many of us can boast of a sharp memory, and those who do, certainly seem to have an edge professionally and personally as well. We’re not recommending any magic pill to boost your memory but rather some tips that will help you do so:
Clench your fist
This may sound weird but research suggests that balling up your right hand and squeezing it tightly actually makes it easier to memorise phone numbers or shopping lists. Later, when you want to retrieve the information, clench the left fist. Researchers think the movements activate brain regions key to the storing and recall of memories.
Alphabets to the rescue
When you’re trying to recall a piece of information such as the name of an actor in a film but just can’t seem to do so, use the alphabet search method. Basically, go through the alphabet to find the first letter of the word or name you are trying to remember in order to jog your memory. This trick really works.
Exercise more frequently
This is no rocket science because many studies have shown that aerobic exercise improves cognitive function and is particularly good at enhancing memory. Also, exercise is believed to encourage the growth of new brain cells in the hippocampus – an area of the brain important in memory and learning.
Ditch drinking at night
Alcohol may help you fall asleep but it leads to a disrupted night’s rest. Moreover, it has a harmful effect on concentration and memory, opine researchers. Not to forget the more you drink, the less deep – or REM – sleep you get.
Say the words out loud
Perhaps, the easiest of all methods for remembering anything is to say the words out loud, be it remembering where you put your car keys or what you need from the shop or revising for a test, say memory experts. Studies found that saying what you want to remember out loud to yourself – or even mouthing it – will help with recall.