Have you forgotten where you put your cell phone charger? Have you forgotten an important appointment? Have you noticed that you are losing a little bit of your mental agility? That you are no longer as creative as before? Don’t worry – the brain is like a muscle that we can strengthen with a little daily exercise.
We will explain the best techniques to strengthen your memory and mental agility in this article. You will see what a difference this makes every day.
1. Avoid routine, do something new each day
It is important to have in mind that one of the worst enemies of our memory and mental agility is doing the same thing day after day. Work, household duties, shopping, doing this, doing that… Little by little we fall into a routine that creates a kind of sensory deprivation where the brain no longer has stimuli to activate it.
Monotony and these daily routines that never change lessen our creativity and do not give us new situations from which to learn, experiment and enjoy. Thus, it is vital that you do something different each day in whatever moment you can.
Perhaps today you can do a few yoga exercises when you arrive home. Tomorrow go for a walk, another day go to a dance class… whatever you can imagine but… remember to break the routine!
2. Concentrate on the here and now
Another problem that we usually have is that we often think of a thousand other things while trying to do something specific. It is possible that while you are making dinner your mind is reviewing all that has happened during the day: you think about the conversations, the problems, what you will do tomorrow and your obligations for the next day.
However, do you really know what is happening? You are actually losing your present, your “here and now!” And for this reason you do not realize that you have turned off the stove or not, or whether you were with some friend at some hour. If you do not focus on what you are doing at the moment, your brain will wander in a vague cloud without ever focusing its attention. Cherish more the present!
3. Go for a walk and relax your mind!
Walking can become your daily vitamin, your “natural relaxant,” your “miracle antidepressant.” Walking is a wonderful way to better your memory and mental agility because it is an exercise that roots you in the present, which makes you aware of your body, of your feet that touch the ground, of your heart that has begun to beat rapidly.
At the same time, walking helps relieves tension and releases burdens, and when this happens, when we let go of all these worries, the brain is freer to think, to imagine, to create… Why not start putting this into practice?
4. Say yes to a sense of humor and laughing and no to obsessive thoughts
There are some people who have the insane habit of constantly feeding negative thoughts. “I won’t be able to with this,” “I am a mess, I always forget things,” “I cannot rely on my short-term memory,” “I always forget and stick my foot in my mouth”…
It can also be said that, on occasion, these negative thoughts come from those around us, those people who take it upon themselves to remind us, quite effectively, that we are forgetful. And there is nothing worse. If we listen to these ideas, we only reinforce our short memory and lower our self-esteem.
Do not listen to this. Restrain the current of negative thoughts in your brain and being to see life with a good sense of humor, learn to laugh and see the positive side of things. At times it is difficult, we know, but a laugh relieves tension and lessens stress. And a brain free from tension can recall memories better and is more agile.
5. Be creative: knit, write, dance, draw
To improve your memory and mental agility, in addition to generating positive emotions and breaking out of your routine, it is important that you never lose the capacity to learn new things.
How can we learn new things? It is not necessary to sign up for a university classes. Life is full of big things and little things from which we can learn and which, although you won’t believe it, will not cost you any money. You only need your own self-will and one or two hours a day to practice.
Do you want to know a few easy examples?
- Knit or Crochet. This ancient exercise contains incredible benefits for your physical and mental health. You will develop creativity, alleviate stress, foster social relationships by sharing techniques, focus your attention and reach your goals. We encourage you to hand crochet or knit, you will love it.
- Read or write. There are a thousand books, a thousand new worlds to discover and they will help you, without a doubt, to have more mental agility and will improve your memory. It is like providing “fuel” for the brain and this will help keep you young, with your cognitive processes in good shape.
- The advantages that the Internet can provide. The web is an ocean of learning; you can use it to discover interesting techniques to improve your memory. There are games and programs that are very useful and effective, intended for improving memory and mental agility. Do not hesitate to try them.