Have you ever entered a room only to find out seconds after you open the door that you actually forgot why you were there in the first place? Or perhaps you’ve been looking for your glasses for the last 10 minutes when it’s actually sitting on top of your head?
Forgetfulness becomes increasingly more frequent and equally as frustrating as we age. However, we are not helpless against it. Here are a few tips you can use to fight forgetfulness and keep your memory on point:
Rosemary + Basil Aromatherapy
Rosemary and basil are two essential oils that have been proven to increase your brain’s production of beta waves, which increases your awareness towards your environment and dispels confusion. You can use a diffuser or just simply sprinkle a few drops of the essential oils on a clean handkerchief and take deep breaths.
Coffee, as many people swear by, does cheer up your memory cells and spur them to action. Research also shows that coffee can make positive effects on your long-term memory.
Many publications have already studied the relation between physical fitness and optimal brain functions. It has been proven that those who engage in regular exercise have less brain shrinkage than those who live a sedentary lifestyle. Exercise helps the areas of your brain responsible for memory, communication and learning.
Watch your blood sugar levels
A study published in the journal Neurology revealed that those with high blood sugar levels are likely to suffer from cognitive dysfunctions. This occurs because elevated blood sugar causes structural changes in the areas of the brain responsible for learning. Keep your blood sugar in check, decrease your intake of sugary foods, and you’ll feel the brain fog clear away.
Get more Vitamins B & C
B vitamins make and repair brain tissue. You can get these vitamins from seeds, nuts, wheatgerm, chickpeas and bananas. Vitamin C has been studied to contribute to mental sharpness so make sure to include in your daily intake Vitamin C rich foods such as citrus fruits, kiwi, strawberries, and leafy greens.
Learn a musical instrument
It’s never too late to pick up the musical instrument you’ve always wanted to learn how to play. In fact, doing this will improve your motor skills and sharpens your brain’s capacity to analyze and focus.
It will never hurt to give these tips a try and find out how they work for you and your memory.
This list has been adapted from this original article by Care2.com.
Do you have episodes of forgetfulness, too? What steps are you taking to fight this? Let us know in the comments below!