The human brain really is a fascinating thing, considering what it is capable of. I like to think of our brains as a motherboard, if you will, ensuring things run smoothly throughout our bodies.
Perhaps this isn’t the most scientific analogy, but let’s just look past any technicalities for the time being.
One function of the brain that I have always been interested in is memory. Whether we’re talking short or long-term, it’s pretty amazing that the brain can retain specific knowledge for as long as it does.
That being said, some of us have issues with memory. For different reasons, we may find ourselves questioning whether or not our memory is working as well as it should be, and this realization can be quite troubling.
The good news is that there are some things we can do to enhance our memory, and an article from FastCompany provides us with a few different strategies we can exercise in hopes of boosting our memory abilities. Meditation is a practice that can benefit our memory, for example, as “research has shown that participants with no experience in mindfulness meditation can improve their memory recall in just eight weeks. Meditation, with its power to help us concentrate, has also been shown to improve improve standardized test scores and working memory abilities after just two weeks,” the article says.
If meditation isn’t your thing, dry drinking coffee. “One recent study … found that taking a caffeine pill after a learning task actually improved memory recall up to 24 hours later,” the article explains.
Eating berries is another route you can take in trying to boost memory. “A study from the University of Reading and the Peninsula Medical School found that supplementing a normal diet with blueberries for twelve weeks improved performance on spatial working memory tasks. The effects started just three weeks in and continued for the length of the study,” according to the article.
And, if none of these options appeal to you, the article also lists exercise, chewing gum, and getting more sleep as ways to better your memory, all of which are relatively simple to adhere to. As always, make sure you consult your doctor if your memory is of concern to you.