We read a lot of stuff all the time, in the form of books, articles, brouchers, pamphlets and newspapers. But how much are you able to retain over a period of time? Is it a tenth or a hundredth of all the information that you read? Students generally put in great effort while studying, however, much of it goes waste due to low retaining powers- or what we term as, ‘Short Term Memory Loss’ (STML).
One of the prime reasons for STML, is the lack of focus, concentration and confidence. A strong memory depends on the vitality of your brain. Whether you’re a student studying for your exams, a professional working in a MNC, or a senior looking to preserve and enhance your grey matter as you age, there are lots of things you can do to improve your memory and mental performance.
Eight steps to inculcate a permanent long-term memory:
- Remain alert and active at all times.
- Memory, like muscular strength, requires you to ‘use it or lose it’. The more you employ your brain, the better you’ll be able to process and remember information. The best brain exercise is to break your routine and challenge yourself to use and develop new brain pathways.
- Instead of saving all numbers on your cell phone, start remembering at least a few numbers.
- Have fun! You might spend long hours slaving behind a desk but try and also focus on things that make you happy. Spend time thinking and improvising on new and exciting ways to make life more fun and enjoyable. This can boost your memory potential.
- For school and college students, it is important to write. Avoid mere oral studying. Read-Link -Revise-Write.
- Avoid getting overconfident or feel that you know everything.
- ‘Fake it, till you make it’. If you fail to recollect your studies even after regular hours of hard work, the way to deal with it, is to create a feeling of confidence and happiness. Believe that you have memorized it. At first this feeling might not be real, but over time you’ll start to actually feel confident and will be able to recall all your work.
- Yoga and meditation helps. Along with Brahmamudra, try Bhramari Pranayama as it is very effective in instantly calming your mind. Fail once, fail twice, fail thrice but never give up!
Along with these ten steps, some Brain-Boosting exercises include:
- Aerobic exercise is particularly good for the brain. Choose activities that increase blood circulation. In general, anything that is good for your heart is great for your brain.
- Does it take you long time to clear out the sleep fog when you wake up? If so, you may find that exercising in the morning before you start your day makes a big difference and it also primes you for learning throughout the day.
- Physical activities that require hand-eye coordination are particularly beneficial for brain building.
- Exercising enhances thinking capacity. A short walk or regular skipping helps boost your brain.
Conclusion: Have self-belief that it is possible to have a long term permanent memory, through determination and discipline.