Leading a healthy lifestyle can cause so many benefits and that include helping you better your memory. This is a very important aspect because if you will not take certain steps in order to nurture it, you may end up with the disorders your brain's ability to encode information, retain and store them and recall vital data whenever needed.Steps to Improve Memory There are many things that you can do to help your brain perform at its best. This can be achieved by avoiding unhealthy vices like drinking too much alcoholic beverages, smoking and turning to prohibited drugs. You must learn how to control your vices if you can't stop immediately. Exercising also helps in giving your brain good supply of oxygen. This will enhance its performance and will make you remember things easier. It is also a must to get enough rest and good amount of sleep. The way you think will be gravely affected if you are tired, especially when you only got some hours of sleep that may leave you feeling weak and you also cannot think straight. There are exercises that you can do to help your brain improve. You can resort to various card games that promote such benefit. You should also be active in learning new things all the time even if you are already. This must not stop you to learn by reading and training. You must also engage in different physical activities that will help regulate the blood circulation on your brain. You must also learn how to control your emotions, especially the stress that you feel as a result of thinking too much about your problems. Depression causes a major impact on one's memory as well as emotional instability. Eating Right You must eat right for your brain to function well. It will not help if you will be distracted by your hunger for your thoughts to come out fluently. By eating right, it means that you have to eat the kinds of foods that are healthy in proportions that will help you stay fit and vigorous. If you are into some type of diet, just be sure that you follow the recommended intake of the food that you are allowed to eat. Ensure your diet is, above all else, balanced. Here are some foods that can help you achieve the goal of attaining better memory. 1. Sunflower seeds. Nuts contain healthy fats that you can incorporate on your diet. These seeds contain abundant source of Vitamin E, an antioxidant that help out in improving your memory as you grow older. Other rich sources of Vitamin E include hazelnut, spinach, kiwi, broccoli, wheat germ oil, mango and dry almond. 2. Salmon. This contains Omega-3 fatty acids that are important in developing your brain and helping it to function better. Such acids can also be found in walnut, soybean, shrimp, scallop, tofu, winter squash, flaxseed and walnut. 3. Blueberries. These are rich in phytochemical elements that can affect one's memory in a very good way. These are also good for your overall health. 4. Lean beef. This is rich in iron that will help you boost and help better your memory if taken in moderate proportions. But make sure that you do not eat much of this because you may encounter weight problems if you do so. And red meat is also associated with cholesterol.
You are sitting at your desk. You have read the same paragraph seven times, and the words are starting to blur into one another. But you need to understand what you are reading! It's essential for your assignment. What do you do? Get up, grab a cup of filter coffee and a double chocolate muffin, and then do these four simple actions. 1. Arouse yourself. Do something to wake yourself up. Drink that coffee. Do twenty pull-ups or push-ups. Run up a flight of stairs. Do something to arouse yourself and re-charge the neurotransmitters in your Amyglada. 2. Make an effort of the will. You have to decide in yourself that you want to read properly. Once you have made that inner decision, you can begin to read properly. One of the things I emphasize in my posts is that you have to decide for yourself that you are going study and learn. That decision and that mental effort can only come from you. No-one else can give it to you. 3. Concentrate your attention upon your reading. It is impossible to concentrate on your reading if you have your laptop open, your ipad on, your Blackberry next to you; with you checking your emails, and your Facebook every few minutes. You need to focus your attention deliberately. You don't need Ritalin. You need discipline! 4. Insist upon understanding it. As you read it, you must insist upon understanding each and every sentence you read. Make sure you understand how the author makes his main statement and build his or her arguments and defends his position. If there is something you don't understand, ask a friend, mark it to ask a lecturer, Google it, or check it in another textbook. I hope these simple ideas from George Swain's book help you in your reading.
I am a Christian. I have recently been having a lively and healthy discussion with my pastor, Clint Archer about the role of secular psychology as opposed to Biblical counseling. I asked him what his misgivings were with secular psychology in one paragraph (how's that for an unfair challenge!). He did an amazing job of summarizing his position and putting it across clearly and Biblically. You can read his post here. You can also read my responses below his post. You can tell by my responses that I was being quite self-righteous and little bit condescending. So, I decided to do a little exercise that I want to discuss with you today. I turned the tables on myself. I turned the question around and asked myself the exact same question. I spent more than a few days thinking about it, and do you want to know something very interesting? My answer was almost the same as his! My wording would have been slightly different, but essentially, my position and his position were almost the same, and my self-righteous posturing crumbled like a house of cards! It was a very humbling experience, but an absolutely essential one. So, I want to discuss four reasons turning the tables on yourself is essential in the academic world. 1. It forces you to examine your own assumptions. We all go into a discussion with our own presumptions and assumptions. We can be so blinded by our own presumptions that we are unable to listen to what the other person is saying. [As an aside : In the early years of college or university, your lecturers don't really expect you to think for yourselves. They expect you to accept what they tell you as a basis for your later years where you will be expected to think for yourselves more and more. My feeling, though, is that you should start developing this skill right from the start, because it is completely reasonable for you to begin to challenge your lecturers on what they teach.] By turning the question on yourself, you suddenly realize how biased your own question was in the first place. You realize that your question was asked because you were looking for an excuse to argue your own position. 2. It deepens your thinking ability.By flipping the direction of the question, you have to change the direction of your thoughts all of a sudden, and it forces your brain to expand its ability to think deeply about the matter at hand. While you were doing the asking, your brain had all the neural pathways literally lined up with your own way of thinking. But when you change that and put the question to yourself, you disrupt those pathways alarmingly! Now, your brain has to go into overdrive to start connecting new neural pathways as at ponders the question in a different light. 3. It makes you humble. This will be the most difficult part. No-one likes to be wrong, or to be humbled. Especially when they are passionate about a specific topic. But it is the best thing that can happen to you. A humble person is a teachable person. Show me an arrogant person and I will show you someone who is not teachable. At Medical School, those students who came across as being too cocky or arrogant made very few friends, especially during their practical exams! 4. It ultimately builds bridges.Especially where there was the initial risk that bridges might have been in jeopardy. By turning that question around towards myself, I was able to see that Clint and I are practically seeing eye to eye on an extremely important issue. If I had not done that, I could have risked misunderstanding him, and perhaps long-term could have risked affecting our friendship to a certain degree. Humility leads you to a point of finding common ground, which leads to understanding, which leads to building bridges instead of burning them.Those of you who know me know that