Natural Ways to Improve Your Memory

Many of the activities you read about for improving memory involve quite a bit of mental effort. Although you can’t escape that entirely, there are a few natural ways to improve your memory and help things along. PsyBlog gives us a list of 10 — some easier to do than others.

Natural Ways to Improve Your Memory

Sniffing rosemary is one of the many natural ways to improve your memory.

Sniffing rosemary is one of the many natural ways to improve your memory.

Of the 10 suggestions in the article, here are 3 you may not have come across previously.

6. Ignore stereotypes

If you think your memory will get much worse with age, then it probably will. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Older people who are reminded of stereotypes about age and memory perform worse in tests (Hess et al., 2003).

So, suffer fewer memory problems with age by paying no heed to the stereotypes.

7. Read Facebook posts

One study has found that people’s memories are much stronger for posts on Facebook than for sentences from books, or even people’s faces.

Mickes et al. (2013) found that Facebook posts were probably easier to remember because they were ‘mind-ready’: they were already in an easily digestible format and written in spontaneous natural speech.

Facebook is also full of juicy gossip, which probably doesn’t hurt!

8. Sniff rosemary

The smell of the essential oil, rosemary, has been shown to improve long-term memory, mental arithmetic and prospective memory–remembering to do things at certain times.

In one study, participants who sat in a room infused with the scent of rosemary performed better on a memory task than a control group (McCready & Moss, 2013).

You can read the rest of the list here.

So choose a few natural ways to improve your memory from the list and give them a go. Come back and tell us how they’re working for you and your memory.

 

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