You enter a room to get something, but once you stepped inside, you forget what it is. Your boss instructed you to do a task, but when you were about to do it, you don’t remember. You studied your report all night, but when you presented the next morning, nothing seemed to have stuck in your mind.

Have you experienced any of these? Have you had your share of a “senior moment?” Do you often experience being forgetful or absentminded? Do you feel like your mental development is not enough to accomplish the tasks expected of you to finish?

While most people blame it to old age, there are other various reasons for poor memory. But while there are a number of reasons for this, there are also a number of strategies on how to improve that memory and take advantage of learning tools, no matter how old you may be:

Exercise your memory. Adapt hobbies that will continue to challenge your memory. Take piano lessons and memorize musical pieces. Learn a new language and remember that new vocabulary. Develop a good reading habit. These are but some of mind exercises that will keep your memory in tiptop shape.

Avoid stress. Worrying slows down your memory. It limits your recalling ability. So while you can’t really avoid experiencing anxiety, try to limit your apprehension in minimum. When faced with stress, try to do some things that will relax you – have a full-body massage, exercise, or get away from the city for awhile.

Be physically fit. To keep a healthy mind, you must also have a healthy body. Studies show that heart diseases and high-blood pressure affect your memory. So have a healthy diet, and don’t forget to exercise.

If you continue to experience constant episodes of poor memory, it is best to consult your doctor. It may be caused by various reasons such as stress, heart diseases, depression, as well as some of the medicines you are taking. Talking with your doctor will help you identify the cause of your forgetfulness, and will help you overcome your memory and cognitive development problems.

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