At 3 AM, I snoozed my watch and realized my phone alarm didn’t go off because I FORGOT to set the time and date settings. The same phone I FORGOT to put in my pocket when I left for work just an hour later. And upon arriving the office, I realized, I forgot to log-out from last week’s shift which implies my last day from that week will not be paid. I’m just in the mid 20’s but my brain is already crashing harder than Windows95.
How did it all come to this?
Forgetfulness, is not an easy problem for the mind and no amount of sweet quote can change it. You agree with me, right?
In the other hand, this is when Forgetfulness become reliable for us – While some of us consider it as a problem, others treat it as an advantage especially when they’re trying to forget something or a certain someone. I noticed that it would take me only a year or two to forget someone I used to talk to a lot; a year or less for people I rarely spoke with; months to days for experience; and seconds or so for things I do in a daily basis like what happened earlier. Lucky for me, the only thing that reminds me of those embarrassing moments are the people around me and I don’t fully remember what they’re talking about.
According to quotes which we always see in social media, Intelligent people tend to be forgetful because there are lots of things that going on in their head. Well, even if it came from the internet with more than 90% doubt, you can very much agree with it because it simply happens every time. But if you would think about it carefully, isn’t memory sharpness supposedly a sign of intelligence? Forgetfulness is a proof that our brain is getting weaker and a weak brain is… let’s just say… “slow” brain.
I really don’t wanna use the word ‘Dementia’ because it only adds fuel to my burning fear that one of these days, my memory will lose it’s ability to recall and totally forget everything, but you will research it anyway so here it is: Dementia is a general term for loss of memory and other mental abilities severe enough to interfere with our daily life caused by physical changes in the brain such as brain injury or brain diseases. I’m sorry for sharing my anxiety with you guys. How about a little advise to ease the problem? Let me share the 5 ways to sharpen your memory I gathered earlier:
1. Veggies and Fruits
Good and healthy diet is always one of the best ways to keep our life in track. Vegetables and fruits are rich with anti-oxidants, substances that protect our brain cells from damage. We need more Omega-3 fatty acids, seafood, and fatty fishes like Tilapia and Salmon.
2. Stress Management
These days, it’s almost impossible to dodge stress. You might wanna keep your stress in check because chronic stress destroys brain cells and damages the Hippocampus, the region of the brain responsible for the for the formation of new memories and retrieval of old ones.
We need more of those Laughing gas now. Not just laughter can be your medicine, it can also improve your brain because it engages multiple regions across your brain, unlike emotional responses that are limited to specific areas of the brain only. Laugh with your friends, socialize with them. Stop over thinking about the bad things that will happen ahead just for today and see how laughing can wake up your sleeping brain cells.
4. You need sleep
You might probably heard the saying “sleep is for the weak”, but lack of sleep will only weaken your brain and its ability to think. Have you notice whenever you have less hours of sleep, it’s more difficult it is to focus on a specific task? Then why are you still awake now? Stop that coffee and try wine or grape juice.
5. Brain exercise
Think of it as a car, your brain needs a regular run to make sure everything’s in order. Basically, when oils dries up, the engine starts to fail. Your brain needs a workout. As we reach adulthood, our brain developed millions of neural pathways that helps you process and recall information quickly to solve familiar problems and tasks with minimum effort. But of we stick with these well-worn paths, the brain is not getting the stimulation it needs to grow and develop.
Of all the tips I’ve got, these five so far is the most effective for me. The internet offers more ways to prevent dementia before saying hello to old man Alzheimer’s. Keep those precious memories from fading away.