Improving Your Memory

A key focus of my blog is Health/Wellness. A key aspect of a quality life is our memory, both short-term and long-term. The older we get, our memories can slip. There are things we can do to keep our memories sharp. The following contributed post is entitled, Improving Your Memory.

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Memory is important. It aids us in our day to day life, as well as helping with more important things such as tests and exams. But, in day to day life, we tend not to give it much thought until we start to notice that it perhaps isn’t as sharp as it used to be. Forgetting things is quite common, especially in periods of stress, illness, or fatigue. Forgetting where you put your keys, or a phone number occasionally is entirely normal, and usually nothing to worry about.

But, as we get older, these slips can start to become more frequent. They can go from an annoyance to something that makes your life significantly more difficult. However, your memory, like any other part of your body, can improve with a little care and training. Here are some of the things that you can do to improve your memory, helping you to avoid both those little slips as well as greater memory issues in later life.

Practice Puzzles

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Puzzles, such as word searches, crosswords and number puzzles such as sudoku, are all easy and effective ways to improve your memory, as well as keeping other areas of your mind young. Creating your own puzzles with WordMint can also be an effective way of enhancing your knowledge retention if you are struggling to learn and remember something new.


Reading is perhaps one of the easiest things that you can do to exercise your brain. Try to read a variety of different topics, including fiction and non-fiction, and give things that you wouldn’t normally consider a go. Try to read a little every day.

Listen to Music

Have you ever noticed that you can remember song lyrics much easier than you’d remember anything else? This is because while we only remember about 10% of what we read, we remember far more of things that we hear. You can pick up song lyrics without even realising that you are listening to them, as the radio plays in the background. So, listening to music and singing along can give your memory a fantastic workout.

Talk to People

Another great way to boost your memory is with talking. Read something, and you might forget it. Read something and then talk about it, and you are much more likely to remember it. Have conversations with different people, about varying topics. Talk about what you’ve seen in the news, your past, things that you are interested in and other topics. Take an interest in the world around you.

Challenge Your Memory

The best way to improve any skill is to use it, and your memory is no different. Spend a few minutes every day pushing yourself to remember events in your past, going into as much detail as you can. Try to remember who you sat next to every year of school, or the names of all of your teachers. Think of all the places you’ve visited or jobs that you might have had.

Make Changes to Your Diet

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Believe it or not, your diet can have a big impact on your memory. Feed your brain well with fatty fish, dark chocolate, broccoli, nuts, blueberry and turmeric.

Author: anwaryusef

Anwar Y. Dunbar is a Regulatory Scientist. Being a naturally curious person, he is also a student of all things. He earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor’s Degree in General Biology from Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU). Prior to starting the Big Words Blog Site, Anwar published and contributed to numerous research articles in competitive scientific journals reporting on his research from graduate school and postdoctoral years. After falling in love with writing, he contributed to the now defunct, and the Edvocate where he regularly wrote about: Education-related stories/topics, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Financial Literacy; as well as conducted interviews with notable individuals such as actor and author Hill Harper. Having many influences, one of his most notable heroes is author, intellectual and speaker, Malcolm Gladwell, author of books including Outliers and David and Goliath. Anwar has his hands in many, many activities. In addition to writing, Anwar actively mentors youth, works to spread awareness of STEM careers, serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the David M. Brown Arlington Planetarium, serves as Treasurer for the JCSU Washington, DC Alumni Chapter, and is active in the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Ministry at the Alfred Street Baptist Church. He also tutors in the subjects of biology, chemistry and physics. Along with his multi-talented older brother Amahl Dunbar (designer of the Big Words logos, inventor and a plethora of other things), Anwar is a “Fanboy” and really enjoys Science-Fiction and Superhero movies including but not restricted to Captain America Civil War, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Prometheus. He is a proud native of Buffalo, NY.

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