Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Memory
Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Memory

There are little changes you can make in your daily life that will have a big result on your ability to retain information. Here are ten easy ways to increase your power of recall:

1. Foster Curiosity
Become curious about the world around you. When you become curious, you begin to take interest in your surroundings. By establishing the habit of constant questioning and asking “What if?” “Why?” and “How?”, your brain will begin to take in information and facts more readily.

2. Attach Emotion
Scientists have discovered that by attaching an emotion to an event, it is more vividly burned into your mind. Because of the connection you now have with the event, it is almost unforgettable. If you can begin connecting emotions with your actions, your memory will become enhanced.

3. Move
Yes. Movement stimulates memory. Getting out and exercising is proven to boost your brain power. Some people even learn facts – state capitals, spelling words, vocabulary – more readily by moving while learning.

4. Have Fun
Just as with emotions, having fun with the information youíre trying to remember will help make it easier. Make a fun mnemonic, where you make up a story associated with the letters of the facts you’re hoping to absorb (example: My Very Eager Mother Jogs Southward Until Nearly Pooped is the planetary order – including Pluto!). Tell a story about the events that happened or just be silly with the details.

5. Get Lost
Have you ever gotten lost while driving around town? After you finally found your way, you were probably more comfortable the next time you drove around. Sometimes getting lost will heighten your senses enough for your brain to take in more information and hang on to visual cues.

6. Eat Healthy 
Eating certain foods can have a positive effect on your memory. Scientists have proven that some foods, such as ginkgo biloba, cranberries, yellow fin tuna and even spinach can increase your memory.

7. Have a Conversation
Talking can actually increase your memory. Well, not just talking, but having a deep conversation about a subject. When you converse back and forth about a subject, your brain is forced to clarify thoughts and connect the dots.

8. Breathe 
Taking deep breaths also increases your ability to retain information. By oxygen flooding to the brain, your senses are heightened and the blood vessels expand. As more oxygen rich blood flows to your brain, your memory is increased. By breathing, not only do you increase your mental capacity, but you also observe the calming and stress-relieving properties deep breathing has to offer.  To learn more about the incredible health benefits of deep breathing, be sure to check out the Breathtaking Nature Method.

9. Sleep
Sleeping helps to improve memory because when you sleep, your brain has a chance to connect and archive the information you’ve taken in over the course of the day. Once you hit REM, your brain begins connecting all of the details you’ve absorbed, which is why you sometimes have strange dreams. After the dots are connected, your brain stores the information for later use.

10. Do Puzzles
Even though you might not be the best at word puzzles or Sudoku, actively working those types of puzzles help increase brain strength. Just like working your biceps allows you to lift more weight, giving your brain a workout allows you to retain more information.

Improving your memory is probably easier than you imagined it to be. For the most part, doing daily activities with a purpose can improve your memory.

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With all of this talk of ways to improve your memory, you might be thinking – “Why Bother – and what in the world does this have to do with high blood pressure?”

The deepest root cause of high blood pressure is stress.  When your mind is working at peak performance – everything in your life improves – including naturally reduced blood pressure. Let’s take a closer look…

Benefits of Improving Your Memory
There are some pretty clear-cut reasons for wanting to improve your memory. Sure, a stronger memory means you’ll waste less time remembering where you put the car keys and the PIN number for your ATM card. But improving your power of recall can have some additional benefits:

Less Stress
Improving your memory, in the most basic form, means decreasing what you forget. Studies have shown that people who constantly forget where they parked their car to appointments and due dates, experience higher levels of stress. Conversely, when you begin to remember more, your stress levels decrease exponentially.

And here’s some great news: Lowering your stress levels actually increases your memory even more! By removing the fear of forgetting, your stress levels decrease, upping the likelihood that you’ll remember what you need to. In other words, increasing your memory is a cyclical process to, well, increasing your memory. Other benefits of lower stress: Your cortisol levels drop, bringing a ton of great health benefits from weight loss to naturally lower blood pressure and better sleep.

Faster Learning
When you work actively to improve your memory, you’re able to retain information more readily. A better memory means you can grasp concepts and apply them to other situations, speeding up your learning. As you amass different concepts and bits of knowledge, your memory will begin to connect the dots between concepts and form web-like chains, increasing your understanding.

Learning faster can mean a faster track to career success. If you can catch on to new concepts and skills quickly, you’ve definitely got a leg up. By speeding up your learning abilities you can process information faster and make decisions quickly.

Well-Rounded
When your learning speed increases and your stress levels decrease, your ability to absorb multiple topics becomes enhanced. When you start taking in information from various sources, you become well-rounded. In the work world, you’ll be able to understand the big picture of how the business works, making you a more valuable employee.

Being well-rounded can also increase the quality of your social life. You will be better suited to converse on almost any subject, making discussions more smooth and meaningful. You can become the source of information everyone looks to, leading to your standing as an expert among your peers.

Less stress in life could be motivation enough to improve your memory, but if you’re still not excited, there are hundreds of other reasons out there. If, for no other reason, you should increase your memory to help remember the name of the interesting person you just met, or the contact info for the new sales lead you didn’t have time to write down. The benefits of improving your memory are as numerous as the grains of sand on an ocean.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this Special Report on ways to improve your memory.
It’s our hope that if you can learn just one thing here that changes your life for the better, our mission is complete.

But wait there’s more!  🙂
Here’s a resource guide for you ambitious souls that want to learn even more…

Books, Guides, and Resources for Memory Improvement

Your Memory: How It Works and How to Improve It,
by Kenneth L. Higbee

With this book, it’s possible to stop forgetting appointments, birthdays, and other important dates. You’ll learn how to work more efficiently at your job, study less and get better grades, and remember the names and faces of people you meet. This book will help you expand your memory abilities beyond what you thought possible. These are simple techniques that can be incorporated into your everyday life. Now you can remember details you would have otherwise forgotten, and overcome general absentmindedness. Also included is a section on the aging process and how it affects memory. This is a useful guide at any age.

The Memory Book:
The Classic Guide to Improving Your Memory at Work, at School, and at Play,
by Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas

This guide is a simple memory system that, when applied, will help you become more effective, more imaginative, and more efficient at work, school, and other areas in your life. Discover the powerful tools to learn how to file phone numbers, data, figures, and appointments right in your head. You’ll also learn techniques for reading with more ease in order to retain more information.

The Original Memory Game,
Hasbro

Kids have been developing and improving memory capacity for generations with this game. This is a simple game of matching. Just flip over cards, two at a time, trying to make a match. If you find the same two cards, you keep them. Find the most pairs and you’re the winner. The game includes 72 picture cards and a plastic storage tray. Children develop while playing games, and this game with its fanciful drawings make it fun to play while developing concentration and memory. Perfect for all ages.

Brainfit: 10 Minutes a Day for a Sharper Mind and Memory,
by Corinne Gediman and Dr. Francis Michael Crinella Ph.D

It’s time to reclaim your brain! For anyone concerned about the mental aging process, these fast and fun weekly brain ‘workouts’ focus on different aspects of brain fitness. In just a 10 minute workout, you’ll enjoy a method that is entertaining and results oriented. You’ll find weekly exercise planners for your daily routine, as well as games and brain teasers to power up your memory capabilities, along with suggestions to keep your memory sharper every day.

Harvard Medical School Guide to Achieving Optimal Memory
(Harvard Medical School Guides),

by Aaron Nelson and Susan Gilbert

From leaders in the field of brain and memory research, this is the latest guide to help you improve your brain health. This guide covers how lifestyle affects memory. Factors such as sleep, nutrition, and exercise are all considered. You’ll find proven ways to build your memory power. You’ll also find concise information on how to tell what is “normal” memory as we age, and what to do about “senior moments.” If you’ve been confused lately by the medical myths about memory loss, this is the guide to help answer all your questions.

The Memory Workbook:
Breakthrough Techniques to Exercise Your Brain and Improve Your Memory,

by Douglas J. Mason, Michael Lee Kohn, and Karen A. Clark

Think of memory like modeling clay; it needs energy to give it form. When you stop ‘forming’ your memory, it becomes stagnant. This workbook helps regain positive energy to rewire mental habits that interfere with proper memory functioning. You’ll find practical solutions based on scientific research to help at any age. Through specific techniques, exercises, games, and puzzles, readers learn how to focus the senses to imprint information and retain memories in a clearer, more concise way. Along with these strategies, this book also provides information on memory disorders, medications, and resources for help.

Quantum Memory Power:
Learn to Improve Your Memory with the World Memory Champion,

by Dominic O’Brien

The author of this CD audio book is the 7-time world memory champion. The tools used by O’Brien are shared in this book so you, too, can develop a healthy, incredible memory with unlimited capacity. You’ll find practical memory exercises to strengthen your abilities in order to retain and learn faster. You’ll also learn about how your brain operates, how to improve your decision making process, how to improve your concentration, and how to train your brain to file information for access later. Having a healthy memory not only helps with simple fact retrieval, it helps build self-confidence.

A Better Brain at Any Age:
The Holistic Way to Improve Your Memory, Reduce Stress, and Sharpen Your Wits,

by Sondra Komblatt

This book approaches the brain and memory abilities in a holistic way, including total body health through exercise, healthy food consumption, and relaxation. You’ll also find specific strategies and methods to boost brain and memory power. The focus of this book is on mind-body connection, which include your environment, food, learning style, emotions, and meditation. Learn how your brain interacts with the body, and what habits impact the brain, positively and negatively. Along with this you’ll find tips for strengthening memory, cognition, and creativity so you can function better in your everyday life.

The Memory Doctor:
Fun Simple Techniques to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brain Power,

by Douglas J. Mason

If you have trouble finding your keys, remembering names or appointments, don’t fret; The Doctor is in! Memory loss doesn’t mean we’re losing our mind. It often is a result of stress or simple lack of exercise – doing our brain “workouts.” Because we are bombarded with information, we actually can lose the ability to get the information into the brain in the first place, let alone remember it. Memory is a process; learn the steps for remembering, and your memory will improve. This guide walks you through fun strategies to sharpen your memory, as well as lifestyle changes that will help you gain and retain more of the information you need.

Improving Your Memory for Dummies,
by John B. Arden PhD

The Dummies folks have done it again! This book provides the reader with practical tips and techniques to make remembering stuff easy. Exercise your brain to jog your memory at home (where did I leave those keys?), at work (when was that project due?), or anywhere (what was her name again?). This guide offers sound advice and clever tips and tricks for remembering the things we need to remember. Understand how your memory works and learn how to make it work for you, all with a dash of humor.