We all have lapses in memory from time-to-time. Maybe it is forgetting to switch out the laundry from the washer to the dryer, so we have to run it through again. Or, it could be forgetting that we had made plans to get dinner with a friend until the last moment, so we have to rush out the door.
It is not the occasional memory slips that are a problem. The problem lies in when the lapses become chronic, a continuous pattern that negatively impacts our ability to live normal, healthy lives.
Aging is a natural catalyst for this process, and many people find as they get older that their memory just isn’t what it used to be. Menopause in particular has been found to be a common cause for memory struggles. That doesn’t mean we have to roll over and let it happen.
Here are some simple lifestyle tips that will help you keep your memory sharp, well into your golden years.
Manage Stress In a Healthy Way
Stress, depression and anxiety are common contributors to memory loss. Finding healthy ways to manage them, whether it is meditation, therapy, medication or just a good old-fashioned occasional crying session will help you to combat memory degeneration.
Don’t Let Your Brain Get Lazy
Our brains are a muscle, and it needs to be worked. The longer it stays stagnant, the more you will find your faculties suffering. Puzzles, strategy games or even just reading a good book can give your brain a nice bit of exercise.
Get a Full Night’s Sleep
Most of us don’t get nearly as much shut-eye as we should. But a solid seven-to-nine hours is critical if you want to keep the brain healthy. People who get less sleep find themselves more easily distracted and have a harder time keeping details straight.
Keep Your Hearing In Check
Did you know that hearing loss has been linked to memory loss? In fact, some studies have suggested it can contribute to dementia, a much more serious issue that may be a symptom of, or precursor to, Alzheimer’s Disease. With this effect being linked to even mild hearing loss, it is important to visit a hearing doctor if you suspect you are having trouble hearing, even if it is something as simple as tinnitus.
Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
What we do with our bodies is going to have an impact on our minds. So, eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of activity is a big part of keeping the memory sharp. Some excellent, memory-boosting foods are:
Fatty fish (salmon, tuna, etc)
As you can see, none of these lifestyle changes require excessive effort, but you can reap the memory-protecting benefits for years to come.