How to improve memory?
Mark began to introduce the guest speaker to the audience, but then paused in horror. He had forgotten her name!
Barbara hid her jewelry when she went on vacation. When she came back, she couldn’t remember where she’d put it.
You’ve had experiences like these? Most people have. And, what’s worse, most people have resigned themselves to a life of forgetting. They’re unaware of a simple but important fact: Memory can be developed. If you’ll just accept that fact, this tips will shows you how.
1. First, relax. If you’re overanxious about remembering something, you’ll forget it. Relaxing will enhance your awareness and ability to concentrate. Take deep breaths and tell yourself that you have all time in the world to remember.
2. Second, avoid being negative. If you keep telling yourself that your memory is bad, your mind will come to believe it and you won’t remember things. When you forget something, don’t say, “Gee, I need to have my brain rewired”. Jokes like this are negative and will have a negative effect on you and your memory.
3. To improve your memory, you’ll need to take an active role. Like your body, your memory can be strengthened through exercise. Look for opportunities to exercise your memory. For example, if you’re learning a language, try to actively remember irregular verbs.
4. You may also want to make associations, or links, between what you’re trying to remember and things you already know. For example, if you need to catch a plane at 2:00 p. m., you can imagine a plane in your mind and notice that it has two wings. Two wings=2:00 p. m. You are now ten times more likely to remember the take-off time.