Have you found yourself lacking the sharp memory you possessed when you were younger? Have your friends and family started noticing changes in your behavior? Do your once normal daily activities now seem too difficult for you to accomplish? If so, you may be experiencing a common side effect of the aging process – memory loss. Although this process can be relatively extreme and debilitating, in most cases it is more mild. However, that does not mean it is inevitable. If you want to counteract time’s effect on your mind, read on for three easy ways to keep your memory sharp as you age!
Start a new hobby
One of the easiest ways to lose one’s mental sharpness and quick ability is to get stuck in a rut, doing the same things over and over, day after day. It is easy to fall into a routine without even realizing it, and this can have a very unhealthy effect on your mind. Our bodies need plenty of exercise to stay fit, so why should our minds be any different? To keep yourself in good shape mentally, you need to meet challenges and overcome them, but this cannot be done if you are stuck in a routine.
Any new hobby can work for you, it just depends on what your interests are. Everyone has different preferences, but it can be helpful to start with something inexpensive and relatively easy to do at home. Do not worry about investing a lot of money to get started. Just focus on finding something that interests you, challenges you, and pushes you outside of your mental comfort zone.
Make improving your memory a daily habit
The metaphor of physical exercise can again be applied here. Even if you are able to run a marathon one day, that means nothing in the long run if you never do it more than once. Working out in an irregular schedule will not get you optimum physical results and health benefits. It is also important to remember that principle when looking for ways to keep your memory sharp. Make lifelong learning and mental activity a daily habit. The key is not to play some quick puzzle games or read a few new books, but to integrate the act of personal challenges and goals into the very core of your being. If you develop a strong love for pushing yourself and striving for mental excellence, you will not need to worry about keeping your memory sharp, because it will be a part of who you are.
Work with friends and challenge each other
One of the best ways to stick to any training program is to get support from the people you care about. It is a common thing for people to develop support groups in both exercise and dieting programs, and this type of group can work well for memory too. Talk with your friends and find out if any of them have a similar interest in maintaining their memories. Ask them if they are willing to work out a schedule with you, and have regular meetings to discuss the topic. Look for ways to take part in each other’s newfound hobbies and interests. No matter how you choose to work with your friends, you can be certain that there is strength in numbers and you will all be more certain to meet your goals and be successful!
Monica writes for the Assisted Living Today Blog, a leading source of information on a range of topics related to elderly living and retirement care and facilities.