1. Stay Mentally Active
- Challenge your brain, take a different route to work, learn a new language, read a section of the newspaper you usually skip, do things out of the ordinary.
- Stay engaged, because mentally stimulating activities help keep your brain in shape – and might even keep memory loss at bay.
- People who are cognitively active have better memory as they age So quiz yourself, flex your brain and improve your memory power.
2. Quit Multitasking
- Multitasking will slow you down, so make it a point to concentrate on the task at hand
- Your brain need about eight seconds to commit a piece of information to your memory, so if you’re talking on the phone and carrying groceries when you put down your car keys.
3. Eat antioxidants
- Eat antioxidants such as blueberries help in protect the brain and may reduce the effects of age-related illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
- Aim for 1 cup of blueberries a day; they can be fresh, frozen, or freeze-dried.
- Pomegranates are also an excellent source of antioxidants.
- Spend time with people whose company you enjoy, and who make you feel like the best version of you.
- Socializing can decrease anxiety, boost self-confidence, and distract us from the things that stress us out.
- If you don’t have any friends/family or are living far away from your buddies/family, consider joining a club or online community, or calling your friends/family using an online video chat program.
5. Exercise regularly
- Exercise can help offset the cognitive decline brought on by aging and increasingly sedentary lifestyles.
- It’s also an effective stress reducer that helps improve your mood and boost your self-confidence.
- Be realistic about how often you can exercise. If you know you can’t do 30 minutes of walking each day, five days a week, break it into smaller increments of 10 minutes here and there.
6. Eat nuts and seeds
- Nuts and seeds are excellent sources of vitamin E, which can help minimize the cognitive decline that accompanies age.
- Aim for 1 ounce each day of nuts or hydrogenated nut butter.
- Raw or roasted doesn’t matter, but be careful of salt content.
7. Drink freshly brewed tea
- Aim for 2 to 3 cups per day of either hot or cold tea. The small amount of caffeine that tea contains can help enhance memory, focus, and mood.
- If you suffer from stress, you may need to reduce your caffeine intake as this can increase your anxiety/stress.
8. Jog Your Memory
- Exercise increases your heart rate which gets the blood flowing to your brain, thus keeping your mind sharp.
- Running, swimming, biking – any form of exercise – for at least 30 minutes helps enlarge the hippocampus, which is regarded as the memory center of the brain.
- Physical activities that require hand-eye coordination or complex motor skills is especially beneficial for brain building.
- If you don’t have time for a full workout, squeeze in a 10-minute walk around the block in your schedule or a few jumping jacks.
9. Meditation is Key
- Meditating regularly delays cognitive decline and prevents neurodegenerative diseases
- Meditation produces a positive charge in the brain’s gray matter over time, which is important for memory, learning, and self-awareness.
- Meditation has been shown to reduce stress, which can do a number on memory.
10. Do yoga
- Besides increasing your physical strength and flexibility, yoga changes your brain.
- Yoga prevents shrinking mainly in the left hemisphere of the brain, which is associated with positive emotions such as joy and happiness.
- Along with meditating, yoga will also help you be more present — or “mindful” — in your everyday life.