Have you ever gone into a room for something and suddenly can’t remember? Or you forget someone’s name while speaking to them? Maybe you have missed an appointment because you forgot. Actually, memory lapses can happen at any age, at any moment in time, do but we do get more concerned about them as we get older because we fear it’s just going to get worse
As you age, your brain ages just like every other part of your body. While a loss of your long jumping abilities might be a little depressing, it’s far more depressing to lose your mental functions.
Our brain sends out signals in a particular pattern that is associated with what we are doing or experiencing, this creates connections between our neurons, which are called synapses.
Consolidating our memories
Now, if we didn’t do anything further, that particular memory may not ‘stick’ in our brain. Consolidation is the process of sticking things to our long-term memory, so we can remember it later. Remarkably, much of this process happens while we’re sleeping. What happens is that our brains recreate this same pattern of brain activity, which then strengthens those synapses that were created.
The best defense is a good offense. There are many things you can do to enhance your brain’s abilities.
For example, spending the time and energy to learn a new skill, can actually re-wire new neural pathways in our brains.
The further you can increase your mental capacities, the longer you’ll be able to enjoy good brain health and functioning. There’s no time like today to get started.
Pick a few of these strategies and begin enhancing your brain today!
How you can enhance your brainpower in simple ways:
- Sleep! Nothing does more for your memory, motor skills, and cognitive skills in general than a good night of sleep. Strive for at least seven hours of sleep each night. Go to bed at a regular time and keep your room dark and quiet.
- Experiment with your diet. Your diet can have a significant effect on your mental faculties. Cut back on milk products, gluten, processed meats, and artificial colors and flavors. Eliminate all processed foods and see how you feel. Research has shown that people who follow the Mediterranean diet have been shown to have long-term ‘brain protection’.
- Do mental puzzles. These can include crossword puzzles, word scrambles, Sudoku, chess, or any other type of mental exercise. You could even do math problems. Give your brain a workout each day. You can even do this while watching TV at night.
- Learn something new. You could learn a language or how to play the banjo. Maybe you want to learn how to paint portraits or rebuild a Chevy V8. Your brain actually changes structure when you learn. Keep your brain’s neuroplasticity in tip-top shape by challenging it regularly.
- Listen to music. There is some research that supports the idea that listening to classical music increases certain types of intelligence. Enjoy yourself by listening to music while boosting your mental capabilities.
- Exercise. Exercise strengthens nerve cells by a variety of mechanisms. It also improves blood flow to the brain. Studies show that animals that are exercised learn up to twice as fast. Do a variety of exercises. The key is to get your blood flowing and to enjoy the process enough that you’ll do it consistently.
- Be social. Studies show that social seniors have significantly better brain function than those that are less socially active. Social activities provide a different type of stimulation that does your brain good. Get out of the house and mingle with others.
- Practice variety. A routine can be limiting to your brain. Change up activities. Instead of doing the same thing each night, shake things up a little bit. You might go out to eat one night, go bowling another, and stay at home and cook something new on the next evening. New experiences challenge your brain.
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You can also practice meditation to help improve your ‘working memory’.
Your working memory is your brain’s notepad. This is where new information is temporarily on hold. For example, when you hear someone’s name or the address of a place you’re headed to, you remember those details in your ‘working memory’ until they are not needed. If they’re not needed then you let go of them, poof! But if they are, you will try to commit them to your long-term memory where they can be recalled later for later use. Meditation helps with this.
Your brain loses up to 10% of its weight between the ages of 20 and 80. You can combat the effects of aging by exercising your brain regularly. A proper diet and enough sleep can also work wonders.
Aging is inevitable, but you can get ahead of the curve and enhance your brain function today. Fortunately, many of the most effective strategies are also enjoyable!