It's been happening more and more -- I am mid-sentence with the kiddo, who is doing homework, and I walk into the kitchen to get something, but as I stand there looking at the pot of pasta bubbling on the stove, I cannot remember what it is I needed to fetch. It's like I'm in a bad sitcom as I utter to myself "What did I need again?" and Kiddo reminds me. Imagine me hitting my forehead with my hand ala "I wish I had a V-8."
The memory zapping culprits are many: lack of sleep, perpetual state of multitasking, age, dehydration as I wasn't drinking enough liquids due to the perpetual state of multitasking...yes, the list is long. From forgetting the name of one of her 143 stuffed kitties that I know I used to know to blanking on that last thing I needed at the supermarket (but failed to write down), I'm in need of a little memory muscle boost. What to do to get the brain busting with good synapses again? Here are three things the gurus say will help:
-- Eat, sleep and be healthy. Exercising and getting enough sleep is essential, for, well, everything from gorgeous skin to battling depression. It also is key to increase your memory. Another healthy habit to try: add some extra antioxidants (hello, blueberries!) and omega 3s to that diet.
-- Do the usual differently. Do you always drive a certain way to school? Stretch your brain and take an alternate route for a week. Always brush your teeth with your right hand? Switch it up and increase that memory.
-- When you really need to remember something, add a crazy thing to it. You have to remember to bring the cupcakes to the bake sale later? Put when you bundle them up, stomp your foot or shake your booty or say "Yabba Dabba Dooooo!" really loud. This action will help to solidify the must-remember thing in your mind.
Does your memory need a boost? Share any memory-boosting tips you have!