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You just walked into the grocery store after spending 20 minutes making a long list, and realize you left it on your kitchen counter. We have all been there or have experienced some sort of “brain fog” moment. Whether it’s forgetting where we put our keys or not remembering our dentist appointment, there are little tricks and tips we can embrace to help prevent or lessen the impact of future episodes.
The Mayo Clinic offers some great tips to help improve our memory and fight those “brain fog” moments. Below are seven of their tips to follow:
- Include physical activity in your daily routine. Physical activity helps to increase blood flow through out your whole body, including your brain.
- Stay mentally active. Although it’s nice after a long day to crash in front of the TV, read a new book, finish a crossword puzzle, or get some fresh air a few times a week instead.
- Socialize regularly. After two years of living in a pandemic, it can be hard to get back out to different social activities. Consider getting together with loved ones or look for other opportunities such as volunteering or joining a book club.
- Get organized. It is not hard for our homes to quickly fill with clutter or to forget to write down an appointment. Take some time getting your house organized. Living in a clean organized environment can help eliminate unwanted stress. It Is not only important to organize our things, but our schedule as well. Buying a planner or calendar to keep updated with events, appointments and other important dates can help our memory.
- Eat a healthy diet. Try to make small goals to increasing your fruit and vegetable intake, switch your grains to whole grains, and chose low fat protein sources. Don’t forget the importance of water and trying to avoid sugary drinks like soda or energy drinks.
- Get enough sleep. Sleep plays a very important role in our memory and what we can recall. Most adults need 7 to 9 hours a night.
- Manage Chronic Conditions. Always speak with your primary care provider and follow their recommendations when it comes to managing chronic conditions. Things like depression, anxiety, diabetes, high blood pressure etc. Keeping our whole body healthy can only help our memory in the long run.
If you do have concerns regarding your memory, it is very important to reach out to your primary care provider to express your concerns and help establish if further testing is needed.
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