Three Things We Can Do To Get Better Memory
What is life when we think about it anyway but a series of memories created moment by
moment as we make our way through life the best we can every day! And I’ll tell you this, the more I live this life the more I cherish my memories and my ability to remember what I want to and need to remember.
So while we are working so hard to succeed in life, to do well in school or work and build a life for ourselves, let’s do everything possible to protect every one of our new and hopefully happy memories we make shall we?
Ok so we cannot separate the body and mind nor underestimate the importance of improving our physical health to our goal of improving our memory. One of the most important factors in creating a foundation of good health is using food as the extremely powerful medicine it really is.
1) Food is a drug delivery system! It carries necessary nutrients throughout our body and can be instrumental in protecting the health and wellness of our brain.
The “Mind Diet” is an approach to food designed to defend our body and mind against the deterioration that happens as we all get older.
We know that certain foods with the “good fats” like olive oil, fresh fish high in Omega 3 fatty acids, avocados, nuts, green leafy vegetables and basically fresh real food high in nutrients help provide what our brain needs to stay healthy. So stop bypassing the produce section at the supermarket when you go shopping and make it your first stop instead!
2) Hydrate your brain!
Drink more water than you are now. Most of us are not drinking enough water. Drinking at least eight ounces of water first thing in the morning is a healthy way to start the day. Then keep drinking water throughout the day.
3) Practice meditation.
Meditation is helping people from young students to Silicon Valley Tech CEOs to create more calm and resiliency in their lives every day.
Mindfulness Meditation. This can best be described as the experience of experiencing our life. Unlike other types of Eastern meditation practices in mindfulness meditation we do not try to empty our minds or chant a mantra like ohmm repeatedly. The idea is to become aware of our thoughts and feelings so that we can experience them without being at their mercy. Feelings and thoughts are great servants but poor masters.
If your goal is to be happier and create more happy memories then you will want to learn to become more mindful! Here’s why in a nutshell. If we are aware of our thoughts and our feelings we can have a moment to pause and choose what we want to do about them. Instead of reacting to something a friend, spouse or some stranger says out of emotions or instincts, we can take a breath and a mental step back and observe it then choose how and if we want to respond. That choice brings with it greater inner peace and for many who work at this practice it brings a sense of happiness.
You do not have to go to a meditation center to meditate or even sit cross legged on your floor. You can sit in your chair at work and simply take slow deep breaths in and out focusing on each breath as you do. You can feel your chest rise and fall as you breath in and out, feel the air move through your nose into your chest and out again. Become aware of how your behind feels against the floor or chair and your hands feel as they rest on your lap. If you hear a phone ring you do not have to answer it. You can observe, ah the phone is ringing and then gently remind yourself to focus back on your breathing in and out again. When your mind drifts to some thought like “am I doing this right?” or “should I have answered that phone call?” just notice the thought and again gently remind yourself to focus “back to your breath” in and out slowly and deeply.
Simply breathing in slowly and deeply triggers signals in the brain that you are safe and it slows your heart rate and lowers your blood pressure. Doing this for ten or twenty minutes a day has been shown to reduce stress, improve an overall sense of wellness and improve ones ability to deal with problems.