Ever feel like something’s on the tip of your tongue but you just can’t recall what it is? Or feel like you have so many things to remember, you have to write everything down or else your thoughts will be completely lost? Being a college student, I often feel overwhelmed with the amount of information I have to process, retain and recite. Whether it is material for exams, meeting times for clubs and organizations or even my grocery list, I’m sure I can speak for most when I say that it is nearly impossible to remember everything, and it can sometimes be frustrating when we can’t recall information.
But what most don’t know, is that ones memory is linked to ones health, and the more healthy choices we make, the more we enhance our cognitive function including improving our memory. Check out these tips to not only help enhance your memory, but also your overall health!
- Eat memory-boosting foods. Foods that increase blood flow to the brain help improve memory and overall cognitive function including: vegetables (dark leafy greens, broccoli & kale), berries (blackberries, cherries & blueberries), omega 3 fatty acids (salmon, Bluefin, tuna, herring & fish oil) and walnuts.
- Exercise! It improves your mood, gives you a better nights sleep, reduces your stress and anxiety levels, as well as it releases chemicals in the brain that are health beneficial to current brain cells and also helps new brain cells form- all which can help improve cognitive function and enhance your memory.
- Get a good night of sleep! Sleeping helps strengthen new memories you’ve formed during the day, and also helps you retain information you have learned more effectively. Be sure to get a goods night of sleep the night before exams to be at your full cognitive ability during the test!
- Laugh! Laughter releases numerous chemicals in the brain and exercises different areas of your brain which help you improve memory and retain information, but also help decrease pain and help you relax! Laughter is also contagious, so you’ll be helping others enhance their memory when you share the laughter!