We all know what we mean by memory but let’s remember its definition. Memory is the capacity of the brain, of the human soul, to remember facts, events or sensations previously lived, the capacity to save and retain information and bring it to the present, sometimes voluntarily and sometimes instantaneously, seeming to arise without a movement of our will. It seems that memory-related activity is in the hippocampus, a specific point of that wonderful organ that governs our sensations and emotions, the human brain, although scientists point out that there are a large number of brain areas involved in memories.
Memory aids in learning and knowledge and can be trained and improved. There are games and mental exercises designed to stimulate certain patterns of neuronal and dendritic activity, which are the nervous connections that link all mental activity.
Memory is an extremely complex cognitive function. Not only does it involve a large number of elements and brain structures, but it acts and is modified with daily activities and situations.
There are different types of memory: fundamentally sensory and intellectual. The first is more related to emotions and can be activated by stimuli such as music, and the second is more utilitarian and is useful for study and work. The latter seems to be more durable and produces more aseptic and permanent memories. The first, however, produces sensations that bring happiness and joy or pain and sadness. There are also verbal memory that is responsible for retaining information with verbal content (what we read or hear through language) and visual memory, which retains images, although we can also consider other types of minor but existing memories, such as olfactory, tactile or gustatory.
But going to the two fundamental types of memory, the sensory and the intellectual, it is necessary to take care of them and improve them throughout life, especially when the irremediable aging process is taking place.
Health is the most important thing in the human being. Both what we call physical health and mental health. And to have good mental health we must take care of and improve our memory. Here we will give some guidelines and tips to achieve it.
• Take care of food by eating healthy and try to get adequate and sufficient sleep, a minimum of 6 to 8 hours a day.
• Try to oxygenate yourself correctly, practicing relaxation through good breathing. Breathing.
• Stay active, alternating your physical and mental activity avoiding passivity. Do activities that make you feel the usefulness of your life.
• Relating is crucial, it helps us to use language and start our thinking
• Never stop learning. Never lose your curiosity and interest in new things.
• Practice mind games. Currently there are many games that help language practice and that help us not forget the words. Board games and calculations also help stimulate the mind.
• Try to remember and tell your experiences. Or write them down. Doing so exercises memory and fixes and maintains memories.
• It stimulates all the senses. Listen to music, exercise, build affection. Photograph or paint. Travel and write down what you see and live.
• Drink water and avoid alcohol. The first favors the improvement of all the organs of the body and the brain is no exception. Let’s not forget that we are, in 70% water. By contrast, alcohol eventually damages the brain.
• Let the imagination fly. This is very useful and very easy to do. Imagine the end of a movie or a book you are reading, putting a face on people while you talk on the phone or communicate on the computer.
• Reading is tremendously useful, since one of the benefits of reading is that it helps stimulate memory.
• Look around you and then try to remember what you have seen.
To finish we will insist on a point that we pointed out at the beginning of our advice: the need for a good diet. The composition and nature of food eaten has a direct effect on the transmission of nerve impulses. Neurotransmitters are responsible for spreading information and can be regulated and strengthened through food. The brain represents only 2% of our weight. It is an organ that requires a lot of energy and needs 20-30% of the calories we eat. If we eat correctly, our mood will improve, we will think faster, we will have more memory and we will inevitably live better.