We’ve all been there: the call from a loved one to ask why you’re running over an hour late for a special event, the ‘surprise’ work-in-progress meeting at another site, the mad dash to the supermarket to grab the essential ingredient for the night’s dinner.
Whether it’s a high-stress job or a daily schedule that sees you juggling many responsibilities at once, the ability to quickly recall details and store new information is essential.
The embarrassment of missing an important deadline and the anxiety caused by mixing up appointments can make it difficult to manage even the day-to-day tasks, so how can you improve your memory skills to ensure you’re never caught unawares?
Get Plenty of Exercise
Exercise is a key player in keeping your brain healthy. Not only does it relieve stress and release mood-enhancers, regular cardio exercise has been shown to boost the part of the brain, the hippocampus, that is involved in learning and verbal memory.
If cardio exercise isn’t your thing, no stress! Exercise in general is known to support the health of brain cells.
Cut Back Your Multi-Tasking
Multitasking can be the antithesis of progress. While many of us feel like we’re getting more done by doing many things at once, in reality, multitasking is a hotbed for sloppy work, stress and erroneous decisions.
Focusing on fewer tasks at a time allows your brain to process the input and output of information efficiently, so it is still possible to tick-off the “To Do” list within the same timeframe.
The cornerstone to a healthy mind is a healthy diet. The best foods to include in your diet to a support a healthy brain should include broccoli, cauliflower, walnuts, celery and fish.
However, if pulling together a measured menu is not possible in your schedule, there are lots of great supplements that can fill this need for you. Simply look for products that contain:
- Acetyl L-carnitine
- Omega3 fatty acids, and
Cut Out The Junk in Your Life
Junk food, junk lifestyles and junk people are detrimental to the health of your brain.
Junk consumables that are high in stimulants, like sugar and caffeine, provide the illusion of performance output while secretly stressing out your coping mechanisms. Keep the caffeine intake to around your workouts to help boost performance and try to cut back closer to bed-time.
Junk lifestyles with all-hours partying and no recovery can wreck your brain’s ability to manage stress.
Junk people are a waste of effort and energy – and who has time for that?
Rest Up, Rest Often
Sleep and downtime is essential to healthy brain function. The right amount of sleep varies from person to person, so develop a sleeping routine that allows you to wake up fresh with the morning alarm. In addition, make downtime a priority in your day. Whether it’s having fun with others, so some quiet time alone, find what you enjoy most and do it often.
If you would like more information about enhancing your nutrition for optimal results, why not speak to one of our friendly consultants on 1300 252 355 or visit www.suppsrus.com.au