One Good Thing For Your Memory You Aren’t Doing

If you peruse the dozens of ebooks in the Kindle store on memory, you will find all kinds of tips and tricks on how to boost this precious commodity and keep it storing and retrieving the important elements of your life like a brain archive on call. You can keep it lubricated with puzzles and assorted games so they say: it’s easy and fun to pursue this route, so try it. In most ebooks you will get ample practice at memorizing objects, phrases, sayings, and more. Something good for the memory that you might not be doing along with the mind benders is getting a good night’s rest. Sleep isn’t a given when you have asthma and/or allergies that make you toss and turn trying to get a full deep breath. There is a solution to this problem in the form of a simple device known as an air purifier.

Yes, an air purifier. This simple appliance can improve the quality of the air in your bedroom helping you fall asleep and stay peacefully in slumberland. There is nothing like waking refreshed. The brain functions at an optimal level, and that includes your memory. You will be more alert and better at recall after a solid eight hours in the sack. This is sure to positively impact your work day and get you ahead. You will be more productive and less forgetful of the tasks at hand. You can properly thank your quiet air purifier. It is a workhorse when it comes to eliminating alien elements from the environment.

I prefer the Holmes HEPA-filter model that removes up to 99% of airborne particles, also known as pollutants. You can choose to activate the optional ionizer to help remove more respiratory irritants like dust, smoke, chemicals, germs, pollen and allergens, mold and odors. Once you have experienced fresh, pure air, you will never go back to the way things were. You can be allergy free. There are many benefits to the Holmes brand. It is easy to clean the machine and change the filters as needed. Some balk at the cost, but it isn’t that prohibitive. Meanwhile, you can buy a very nice, serviceable unit for under $100 that covers an average to large bedroom of a couple hundred square feet or more. Plus, the Holmes is notoriously quiet while it works—a real plus. It comes highly recommended as a quality product that will last for years and years. The reviews are all full of high praise.

An air purifier is all about providing relief as the HEPA filter captures the minutest particles. A monitor alerts you when the filer needs replacing so you can maintain optimal performance. Plus, the Holmes makes use of Arm& Hammer baking soda for extra odor elimination. It is good to know that the air purifier is on a full one-year warranty. All things considered, it is the basic appliance of choice. Given that the Holmes is fairly economical and easy to move around the house, you have no excuse about failing to tend your memory to keep it functioning.

Note to Self

Improving your memory isn’t that hard. There are all sorts of tips and tricks that can nudge your sleepy brain back into action. We are so loaded within information from all fronts that we are bogged down in daily trivia, drowning in it as a matter of fact. Most people want to stay current, but it means perusing the Internet, scanning websites, and reading a plethora of material – and not all good. It means listening to people chatter on about nothing. Much of this activity is a waste of time, and the best memory device I can think of off the top of my head is to cut back… way back… on stimuli. Let your mind breathe a little and you will find it is easy to refocus.

When you step back from the chaos of modern information systems and platforms (that would include the ubiquitous smart phone, tablet, laptop, and iPod), you begin to see the forest from the trees. You can retain memories if they are special and meaningful, but you have to pick and choose. Most go by the wayside. One way to remember things over the long haul is to write them down and post them in a visible location. Your list can consist of things you did that you don’t want to forget happened, as well as upcoming items that are mandatory to recall. Appointments and commitments fall into this territory. Also in this category are birthdays, special events, and milestones. It is more than embarrassing to be too busy to acknowledge personal days for friends and family.

The place you post your list (which can include photos and notes) is a kind of “memory board” of your life. You can staple your items to make sure they stay in place. Staples are easy to remove with that little strange-looking plastic and metal device. Get yourself a staple gun for this board of yours so you can place it face to face with the wall. The paper does not go between the metal holders as with traditional models. It is the very same gadget you use to hang curly paper birthday decorations, holiday lights, and leafy garlands. It will serve you well throughout the year, so get a good one that will last. Forget searching for two-sided tape that loves to stick to itself or push pins that fall on the ground.

Think of this board as a note to yourself. It will show you the life passing before your very eyes. It will organize and sort what isn’t that way in reality. Things happen to us at random and our memories are fairly selective. If something isn’t important, it will float away. Hang on to the important memories by highlighting them in a scrapbook, on Facebook, or Instagram. Sharing them will make them last. There is a huge difference between short and long term memory and you don’t realize how fleeting the former can be. If you don’t fix memories for posterity, they will not do so of their own accord.

Ways to Improve Your Memory

A lot of us don’t just want to preserve our memories: we want to actively make them better. We’ve all had that co-worker who seems to remember everything on the spot without even looking it up, impressing everyone on the spot. We’ve all sat next to that student in class who always seemed to know all the answers as if he or she had already taken the class. The thing is, a lot of those people have advantages when it comes to memory, and many of these advantages can be acquired. They weren’t just born with fantastic memories and they didn’t just let them sit for all of these years. They had to work at them too and develop them, and you can do the same thing.

For one thing, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you’re not getting enough exercise or if you’re not eating right. We all tend to think about diet and exercise in terms of things like weight and cardiovascular fitness, but diet and exercise is going to affect cognitive fitness as well. People that take thirty-minute walks each and every day are that much more likely to hold onto their cognitive abilities as they get older. Some senior citizens actually managed to improve cognitively when they took up walking. Young people can get all of the same benefits. Their brains and hearts will both thank them.

Eating more fruits and vegetables definitely helps when it comes to building the right diet for cognitive health, especially if you’re eating the fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants. Green tea is also great for boosting your memory in general. I’ve taking to drinking it as often as I can. Drinking green tea is a great way to feel healthier in general.

Of course, one of the simplest ways to develop a better memory simply involves getting more social activity, especially with new people. People that are kept in solitary confinement will actually often find that they have a hard time remembering anything. They may even begin to lose their long-term memories. Human beings need other human beings, or they start to fall apart in every way. However, even individuals that aren’t being excluded from society aren’t going to get the full benefits of socialization if they only ever see a few acquaintances each day. Hanging out with the same people all the time can still be positive. However, the people that are constantly meeting new people and learning about new people are going to get the full cognitive benefits of socialization.

We tend to think of the types of memory improvement that involve studying and adopting healthier lifestyle choices. However, some of them can be simple matters of spending more time with new people. Whoever said that memory training and memory improvements had to be boring was wrong.

An Introduction to Memory Training

Memory training can make all the difference for people who are experiencing memory problems or people that just think that they are. We tend to think that the ability to remember things is a completely fixed ability, and it just isn’t. We all know what it’s like to stay up so late that you have a hard time remembering things. A lot of us are terrified of losing our memory as we get older. I know that I am, and I know that I was excited when I heard about memory training.

I figured that I would at least be able to counteract some of the age-related memory decline if I tried memory-training exercises. It’s worked pretty well so far. I’m still relatively young, but I’ve been noticing that people around me are already starting to lose their memories just a little bit. They’ll forget where they put things or they’ll forget the names of things. It’s always hard to say how much of that is memory loss and how much of that is distraction, but I’ve found that memory training exercises can usually help with both.

There are a lot of memory games that you can play online, which can actually be a lot of fun. They can be as fun as smartphone games, except that unlike them, a lot of these are actually good for your brain. They’ll ask you to do things like remember pairs of names and faces, and you’ll have to remember long series of numbers. At the end of these exercises, you may be able to impress people with your ability to memorize the digits of pi, which is a bonus.

However, some of memory training really involves developing better memory habits in general. You can learn how to commit certain things to memory much better. Some of these tactics will involve visualization. It’s much easier to remember certain chunks of information if you can connect them to some evocative image. It’s also a good idea to learn how to group information together. A lot of the people who seem to be able to hold onto shocking amounts of information don’t actually have anything close to photographic memories. They’re just really good at categorizing a lot of information. It’s like they’ve created filing cabinets in their brains for certain types of information, which will really come in handy. It’s all a matter of creating those proverbial filing cabinets in the first place.

Of course, when you have something you really need to remember, sometimes all you can do is try to repeat it over and over again. The more anything is repeated, the more easily you’re going to remember it. College students will read and reread certain key passages from their books or from their notes in order to succeed on tests. Those same skills can help them later during adulthood. In fact, one of the reasons that adults tend to lose those abilities is that they don’t use them.

People tend to attribute the decline of memory that people experience during their adult years to aging alone, even though it can happen to people when they’re relatively young. The thing is, adults are typically out of school, and they’re going to be working jobs that won’t tend to challenge them. Even adults who work in relatively intellectual fields, like education or medicine, are typically going to stay within certain comfort zones when it comes to information. When they were students, they were absorbing new information all the time and being tested on that information all the time. A lot of studying is really just basic memory training. Adults can keep it going, and they’ll be able to keep their youthful memories.