This morning, on my way to recharge my phone, I got distracted by something on tv. So I walked into the kitchen, poured some cereal, and proceeded through my morning routine. As I brushed my teeth, I remembered that I had to recharge my cell battery. But then I misplaced my earrings and spent 10 minutes looking for them. On my way out the door, as I grabbed my phone to call a friend, I noticed one slim bar left in a flashing red battery icon.
I had forgotten to remember to recharge my phone!
I’ve noticed lately that I do this more and more often. I get up to grab a stamp, only to forget why I walked over to my desk. I’ll turn on the dishwasher, realizing too late that I had already washed those dishes. I remind myself to buy tokens for the laundry room, only to get to the basement with two filled bags of dirty clothes, detergent, and fabric softener and no way to run the machines.
Worse still, I’ll run into my neighbor in the laundry room and completely blank out her name. Until an hour later, while I’m playing Tetris on Gameboy, when I remember her name, her ex-boyfriend’s name, and the name she gave her new laptop.
Or while working, I’ll open a new tab to search for something, get sidetracked by incoming email or a phone call, turn back to the open tab with no recollection of what I needed to look for.
Is it ADD? Dementia? Early onset Alzheimer’s? Just another symptom of growing older?
So I’ve started paying attention to reports and new research on ways to improve memory. And though some studies recommend certain chocolate or moderate drinking or standing on your head while reciting the alphabet backwards, it seems that there are 10 basic ways to boost brain power:
1. Cardiovascular exercise for a least 30 minutes per day ie. a brisk walk
2. Daily cup of caffeinated coffee or soda
3. Green or black tea
4. Reduce stress and become a yoga enthusiast
6. Eat foods like blueberries and grapes; include supplements like Omega-3 fatty acid, Thiamine, Niacin, and Vitamins B-6 and E
7. Use your brain — learn a language or how to play a musical instrument
8. Learn mnemonic techniques like a memory palace.
9. Organize your life — if you always place your keys on a peg beside the door, you won’t struggle to remember where you last put them.
10. Write in a journal everyday — even if you forget, you can always look back on your own private record.
Do you feel like you’re losing your mind? What do you do to better remember?