Forget something? Supercharge that brain of yours with these 10 memory hacks
It happens to the best of us. There you are, trying to tell your friend about your latest Netflix binge. They’re like, “Oh yeah, I’ve heard of that show. Who’s in it again?” And suddenly, you can’t remember the actor’s name. He’s in everything. You’ve seen literally all of his movies.
It’s on the tip of your tongue—why can’t you remember it?
We’re not going to call it a “brain fart” because that term is gross—but you get the idea. One day you’re practically able to recite the Harry Potter books from memory; the next, you’re struggling to remember the capital of Idaho during trivia night (it’s Boise, btw; you’re welcome).
Memory loss happens as we age, even if we’re not super old. Whether it strikes at trivia night, during a job interview, on a first date, or when you’re simply at home singing along to your favorite song, it can be seriously off-putting.
The remedy? Try these memory-boosting tricks. Consider them life hacks for your brain.
Boost your memory by Zenning out
Did you know that meditation increases gray matter in your brain? You do now.
Say om to a little mediation and watch your short-term memory improve. Download a mediation app or just find a quiet place in your home and focus on your breath for a bit.
Take your brain to boot camp
There is no weird fancy gym involved here (though, wouldn’t that be cool?). Bring your brain to boot camp by playing memory games.
Again, there are apps for this, but you can also do the IRL version by playing board games or learning a skill that requires memory such as a musical instrument, a new language, or, failing that, the steps to the “Cha Cha Slide.”
Boost your memory by taking your bod to boot camp, too
No shame in the couch-potato game. Just know that exercising can help out your memory and your ability to lift heavy things. Working out promotes neuron development, especially cardio. Plus, you get to buy stretchy pants in fun colors.
Cut out these memory killers from your diet
Uh-oh, the fun police are here. Yes, it’s us, telling you that some foods are just no good for your brain health… or your health-health, TBH. We’re talking sugars, specifically the added ones. We’re talking carbs, specifically the refined ones. And if it’s loaded with enough chemicals to last for the next million years, it’s probably not doing your brain any favors.
Eat your veggies
Mom was right. Eat that broccoli! Or kale, spinach, or any other leafy green that strikes your fancy. These are total brain foods and trust us, with the right cooking techniques, they don’t have to taste horrible. Our personal fav? Hiding some leafy greens in a smoothie.
Go out for Indian food
Treat your brain to a romantic night out at an Indian restaurant—or anywhere that’s serving food packed with turmeric. This miracle ingredient may take your cognitive function to the next level.
Gotta have that java to boost your memory
Go ahead, order that highly Instagrammable morning latte with pride. Caffeine can boost your short-term memory. It’s true! They did a study and everything. Finally, your java addiction has paid off.
Skip the shots
Let’s be real: Has anyone actually ever enjoyed a tequila shot? There’s a reason people tend to kind of grimace after knocking one back.
Picture that ugh face you made the last time you took a shot of really, really cheap hard liquor. Now imagine your brain making that face. Your mind hates it when you black out. Binge drinking harms the hippocampus, and the hippocampus is kind of a big deal when it comes to making your brain do the whole memory thing.
Might we suggest CBD as a better alternative to round after round of drinks? Good vibes without the blackouts… and the questionable decision to text your ex.
Go to bed and boost your memory
You deserve eight hours of sleep. Your brain craves it, and so does your body. So stop scrolling Twitter at midnight when you have to get up at 6 a.m. Get some sleep and enjoy the memory-boosting results.
Uh, yeah… sure, you’re thinking. I’ll simply stress less. LOL.
Yes, it’s easier said than done. But the truth is that stressing less can improve your memory. So, find the destressing strategies that work for you. It could be a mindfulness exercise, getting into nature, or just taking a moment to go outside and scream.
Orrrrrrrrr it could be CBD.
CBD is a great way to chill out, and our CBD gummies help you do it while also tasting pretty damn yummy. You can pop one when your brain is feeling a bit dull and enjoy the feel-good effects. And they might make you calm and collected in that final elimination round of trivia night.
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