Improving Memory

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11 December 2011

Improving Memory

A powerful memory can help you succeed in school, in your job, and in life. The memory helps you learn faster, and fast learners are always in demand. Like anything in life, the results you get depend on the effort you put into it. Besides already known approaches discussed earlier in class, let’s consider other factors that can in fact positively affect your memory such as the power of self-motivation, breathing technics, regular brain and physical exercises, eating habits, sleeping time and playing brain games.

Convince yourself that you do have a good memory that will improve. Too many people get stuck here and convince themselves that their memory is bad, that they are just not good with names, and that numbers just slip out of their minds for some reason. Erase those thoughts and vow to improve your memory. Celebrate even little achievements to keep yourself motivated.

When it's time to study or remember something new, switch your breathing pattern to be slower and deeper. Deeper and slower breathing actually changes the way your brain works, by inducing the brain's electrical pulses to switch to Theta waves. To activate your Theta waves, switch your breathing to your lower abdomen - in other words, start breathing deeply from your stomach. Consciously slow your rate of breathing too. After a few moments, you should feel calmer, the Theta waves should be flowing in your brain, and you should be more receptive to remembering new information.

Exercise your brain. Regularly "exercising" the brain keeps it growing and spurs the development of new nerve connections that can help improve memory. By developing new mental skills -- especially complex ones such as learning a new language or learning to play a new musical instrument -- and challenging your brain with puzzles and games, you can keep your brain active and improve its physiological functioning.

Exercise daily. Regular...
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