Improve Your Memory
Developing Your Ability to Remember
Memory is more than recalling information for exams or trivia games.
It's an important work skill that you can develop and improve.
Whether it's remembering key statistics during a negotiation,
or quoting a precedent-setting action when making a decision,
or impressing clients with your knowledge of their product lines – your ability to remember is a major advantage.
People with good memories are often seen as knowledgeable,smart, competent, and dependable. And there are many techniques you can use to develop your own ability to remember information – and then recall it when and where you need it.
Take Care of Your Health
The basis for a good memory is a healthy mind and body. You can't expect your brain to function at its best if you don't take care of the body that feeds it. Here are some key issues that you need to address:
- Eat well – Make sure key vitamins are in your diet, including folic acid, vitamin B12, and antioxidants. These improve the sharpness of the mind. If necessary, take vitamin supplements.
- Drink plenty of water – Most of us are dehydrated and don't even know it. When you don't drink enough water, your body and mind become weak and tired. Water makes red blood cells more active and gives you more energy.
- Get enough sleep – During sleep, your brain recharges itself. Studies have shown that your brain needs sleep to change new memories into long-term memories.
- Manage stress effectively – Ongoing stress has many harmful health effects. Learn to limit and control the stress in your life. Use physical relaxation techniques , thought awareness and rational positive thinking , and imagery to reduce your levels of stress.
- Don't smoke – Limit caffeine and alcohol use (excessive alcohol can seriously affect your short term memory). Get enough exercise. These basic health tips allow you to maximize your brain's abilities.