3 Ways To Help Boost Memory And Concentration To Start Now
I May FEEL like I’m still 29, but my body reminds me I’m closing in on 50. I was all set to accept the inevitable changes in my body as I grew older (Hello, creaky joints!) but what I was NOT expecting was other changes- the mental ones.
I have become one of those people who walk into a room, stop, think, and can’t remember what I went in for. I have become easily distracted, as well. Not only was it frustrating, but, to be honest, it frightened me a bit, too. It made me nervous enough to start looking for ways to improve my memory and concentration. I found these awesome tips from author and Wellness Living Expert Jaya Jaya Myra.
- Nourish your gut’s flora daily with pre and probiotic foods! Make sure to have adequate pre-biotic and probiotic foods in your diet that nourish the flora in your gut. All of those good bacteria have been shown to have a direct impact on brain function, including mood and energy levels. A healthy gut led to improved moods and more energy, whereas people who did not have the proper strains of microflora in their gut showed decline in moods, even leading to depression. I struggles with keeping my gut healthy for years and it took until I was looking to help my memory to realize how it all tied in together. It’s a pretty easy start to helping not only my brain, but my body feel better!
- Add some brain superfoods to your diet — Foods like walnuts, salmon, pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate, whole eggs and whole grains can have a very positive effect on brain function and cognitive power. And what better way to improve memory than by adding something delicious to your diet? Sounds like a win-win to me. I was very happy to read these tips, because finally someone was telling me to eat chocolate. To be honest, life is crazy busy and when it is, I tend to not eat well. Forcing myself to be aware of what I eat to make I get in these superfoods will make me aware of how I am fueling my body. An added bonus: dropping a few pounds as I nourish my body with healthy food (and that helps my joints, too!)
- Meditate — studies have now shown a direct link between improved cognition, mental sharpness and memory from people with consistent daily meditation practices. Not only does meditation improve brainpower, it can also reduce stress, decrease anxiety and improve your mood. It amplifies what’s good in you and gets rid of the fuss and distractions, making it a good success tool to add to your routine. This was the one I wasn’t so sure about, until I started doing it. I can’t believe the difference taking just a few minutes a day to ground myself makes. It sounds silly, but just a quick few minutes of concentrating JUST ON ME and to BREATHE has made an incredible impact. I downloaded an app on my phone that help me get started meditating, and I use it every day. It’s truly a game changer!
Listen, life is changing. Every day I’m getting older, and my life, like many others is very hectic. Parenting and homeschooling teens, work, volunteering and running a household keep me running. Anything I can do to help keep myself healthy is a plus, and while I never thought of working on my memory and concentration, now that I know how easy it is to do I’m adding it to my everyday routine to make sure I stay sharp and ready to face all the challenges of getting older.