How often does it happen that you easily forget things like where you left your keys of your friends wife’s name at the moment you need to introduce her? Well, the good news is that you are not alone. It is no that we have a bad memory; it’s that we have an untrained memory. Here are some ways that you can play tricks on the mind.
1. Eye Movement
Studies have shown that by moving your eyes from side to side once a day for 30 seconds helps to align the left and right side of the brain. This helps to recall information quicker. We often are forced to remember something at short notice and the information is “on the tip of our tongue”. It becomes so frustrating when it stays locked in. By looking upward also helps to instantly download this information when you really need it. This does, however, require a little practice.
The Ancient Greeks used to place a spring of Rosemary behind their ear to improve their memory. A recent study found that the use of Rosemary could improve the daily lives of people with age-related memory loss. So just by smelling rosemary oil once a day can assist in exams or meetings or even your presentation.
3. Have a positive mind
When you keep telling yourself that you have a bad memory you keep programming your mind that this is the case and you will end up having a bad memory. Keep convincing yourself that your memory is good and begin believing what you say. I keep hearing people say that they are bad at remembering names. The more they say this, the worse they become because they then subconsciously erase the name as soon as they hear it. When they really do not remember the name they use this as “evidence” that their memory is bad. All they have done is negatively program their mind. Keep positive and you will be amazed how you can change this around.
4. Brain Pilates
As all the muscles of our body requires exercise to keep fit and to grow and develop, so does the brain. Applying brain exercises develops the nerve connections that are required for memory. Complex exercises with puzzles, crosswords, Sudoku, chess, learning new things like languages, studying, playing a new musical instrument, etc. keeps the brain in shape and assists in improving the brains physiological functions. Look for daily challenges that exercise the brain, like memorizing vehicle number plates when you drive and try and recall them 10 minutes later.
Remember how your grandfather used to tie a knot in his handkerchief? When you asked him why he did it, he told you that he did not want to forget something. Using a resource can help you to remember short term things. If you need to remember to phone someone or to do some other task, try placing your wrist watch in your pocket. Every time you feel it in your pocket or notice that it is missing from your wrist, it will jolt your memory to do the task. Keep using different methods: placing your bedside lamp on the floor to remind you to take your tablets, etc.
So often we forget that we have performed a daily task, because we do it so often that it becomes engrained in our mind. For example, not remembering if you took your medication. Start by saying out loud, “I have just taken my medication”. Hearing the words will reinforce the memory. We do the same thing with our clients who cannot recall names. Once hearing the name, repeat it aloud 3 times in conversation, “Hi George, so nice to meet you. So tell me, George, where …” Try this too when you are given instructions, addresses, telephone numbers and a host of other items.
When studying for exams or trying to remembering your presentation, draw pictures rather than notes. Because the brain is programmed to create pictures, think in pictures. For each point you wish to remember, create a picture then use the Totem-Pole method by stacking your pictures.
The best way to improve your memory is to reduce your brainwaves to between Alpha and Theta stages. Start practicing to breathe deeply and slowly into your stomach to reduce your body of stress levels and simultaneously helps the brain to become more active. Try this when you are required to remember things especially when you are studying, in meetings or preparing your presentation.