Strengthen Your Memory by Taking Care of Your Emotions
Our memory and emotions are intimately connected.
They’re so intertwined that factors such as stress can considerably affect the functioning of brain structures such as the hippocampus. The hippocampus is a region in our brain that joins our emotional memory.
Whether we believe it or not, looking after the balance between anxiety, motivation, calm and positive emotions has an incredible impact on our memory.
Furthermore, throughout the day we do certain tasks that also affect the quality of our memory.
Below we’ll explain more about the connection between our memory and our emotions.
Look after your emotions to take care of your health
One fact that we need to remember is that our brain often remembers extremely emotional life events well. These can be positive or negative life events.
However, it’s also worth mentioning that human memory doesn’t function in the same way as a machine, such as a computer, does.
Our memories are never entirely accurate. For instance, we often forget or even add details to memories, so they’re not a true reflection of what happened.
Unfortunately, we all know that our memory gets worse the older we get. Although this is inevitable, we can use various techniques to slow down memory deterioration.
One way of doing this is through positive emotions. Below we’ll explain how to do an interesting exercise based on positive emotions. This exercise will improve your memory and quality of life.
Our memory gets “rusty” because of routine and this switches off our emotions
There are certain routines that affect the quality of our memory. For instance, waking up at the same time everyday, taking the same turn on the way to work and doing the same tasks at home are examples of actions that can affect our memory.
Another example of such actions include dedicating free time to activities that don’t stimulate our brain, and which don’t even amuse or entertain us.
- If you do some of the above activities and recognize that you’re a slave to routine, but you don’t plan on getting out of this rut, then your brain is going to suffer.
- A brain constantly exposed to routine goes into airplane mode. This is because it stops receiving stimuli that capture its attention. In other words, a brain in this situation is so used to the same tasks that it simply disconnects.
- When the brain is in airplane mode our neural connections begin to lose their quality. In other words, we gradually fall into an inertia that directly affects our memory.
This causes our brain to lose its agility and its speed. Before we know it we end up forgetting so many things.
- Routine, as you will have noticed on at least once occasion, is the enemy of our emotions. It makes us appear as if we’re “switched off.”
One way to switch ourselves back on and escape from the stagnation that routine has caused in our life is to do something new. Even the smallest thing could help.
We know that we cannot fully escape from routine, because we need to work, keep the house clean and look after our belongings.
However, it’s necessary to dedicate between one and three hours to yourself. During this time you should do different things. For instance, you could have coffee at a place you’ve never visited before, buy a new book, or hang out with a friend.
Do something new and interesting every day.
Learn to live in the present
- Above all, our memory needs us to focus on the “here and the now.” When our emotions focus on the sadness of yesterday or on the anxiety of tomorrow, the present becomes so fuzzy and this affects the quality of our memories.
For instance, we could forget facts, words, tasks we’ve already completed and conversations we’ve had.
We’ll give you an example to help you understand this better.
Let’s say you’re thinking about a person you care about, and then you think about what you should say to them. You also think about things they’ve done to you or the words they haven’t said to you. This causes you to be so immersed in your thoughts that you end up forgetting your car keys.
Your brain is healthy and works fine, but the problem is your emotional world.
Learn to focus on the present to lift the emotional burden off yourself. Flee from whatever torments you and always make the present moment pleasant. This is only when our memory will start functioning like it should again.
The right and obligation to look after your inner peace
Sometimes we experience the feeling that we don’t have control over our lives. Or we feel that our obligations, routines or family control us so strongly that we can’t breathe.
This personal distress affects our inner peace. Someone who is not focused on their self-esteem, their identity and control over their life, also has problems with remembering things.
- Therefore, it’s necessary that you focus on yourself. It’s also vital that you find the subtle and perfect point where you’re happy with everything that surrounds you. However, at the same time you should enjoy yourself in your personal space, with the people you love.
A happy mind gives rise to a strong memory.