Take a Vacation and Improve Your Memory

How would you like to hear your boss say, “Go ahead. Take a vacation and improve your memory.” If you’re feeling burnt out and starting to forget a lot of stuff, what the boss needs to know is that working longer hours at the office or at home won’t help. Research studies tell us that we achieve better control of our brains at work if we can take breaks from our routine from time to time.

Long or short vacations — far away or nearby — it doesn’t matter. The important part is that you replenish your brain by doing something different. Here are some great ideas from Mark Underhill, neuroscience researcher.

Take a Vacation and Improve Your Memory — Benefits

  • Stress relievers. Vacations long and short give you an opportunity to let yourself surrender to the moment. Take in the scenery, stop and smell the

    Take a vacation and improve your memory -- make it long or short, far away or close by -- as long as you take a break from your usual routine

    Take a vacation and improve your memory. Make it long or short, far away or close by. It doesn’t matter, as long as you take a break from your usual routine.

    roses. When you’re on vacation, you’re on your time.

  • Replenish your mind and body. Breaks from routine give you opportunities to use different parts of your brain simultaneously while you’re venturing out and learning something new.

  • Connect with new people and places. Vacations give you countless opportunities to meet new people, explore and learn about cultural differences, language, food and traditions.

  • Push your cognitive skills. You don’t have to travel far, but if you use a map, you’ll be giving your visual-spatial skills and memory a work-out.

  • Keep you sharp. Vacationing means you’ll make quick decisions about many things like directions, lodging, meals and excursions. All of these variables require sharp processing of information and storing it in your memory bank

Take a Vacation and Improve Your Memory — On a Budget

  • Explore new places in your own area. Plan a long weekend by taking a road trip to destinations you’ve never been to or have not seen in a long time.

  • Connect with nature. Look for off-season mid-winter lodging deals, then spend get outdoors and enjoy the freedom of being away from your daily routine.

  • Go to a day spa. Recharge your mind and body with a day or weekend at a spa where you can pamper yourself.

  • Switch homes with a friend. If your friend lives in the country and you live in the city, consider switching homes for a long weekend. It’s an easy way to learn what it’s like to try a different lifestyle while breaking your routine.

If you’re interested you can read the entire article here.

Even if you’re on a budget (and who isn’t), you can still take a vacation and improve your memory. The author had several great suggestions for mini-vacations. Switching houses with a friend is particularly cost effective. You’ll have a break in your routine, experience different surroundings, and hopefully take the opportunity to explore different activities offered by the change in environment.

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