Where did I put my keys?

  • September 07, 2023

Dear Advy,

I hate to admit it, but I am struggling with my age and dealing with my brain working a bit differently. Nothing that I feel needs a visit to my doctor, I just find my memory is not as sharp as it used to be. Are there any little exercises or activities that could help an older (but not too old) lawyer like myself with memory – something that is easy to do that will not have a huge impact on my schedule?

Where did I put my keys?

Dear Where did I put my Keys:

Don’t worry – you’re not alone! Memory lapses are a common occurrence for many, but the good news is that there are plenty of exercises and activities you can incorporate into your daily routine to help enhance your memory and cognitive function. We will highlight a variety of techniques that give your brain a workout and keep your memory sharp.

  1. Stay physically active. Physical exercise isn’t just great for your body; it’s also a powerful tool for boosting your brainpower. Engaging in regular aerobic activities such as jogging, swimming, or dancing increases blood flow to the brain. This can even be in short 20-minute bursts. Perhaps a walk over your lunch hour or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
  2. Mindful meditation. Mindfulness meditation is gained popularity in recent years for its ability to reduce stress and anxiety. It can also improve your memory by enhancing your ability to focus and concentrate. Dedicate a few minutes each day to mindfulness exercises, such as deep breathing or guided meditation to help sharpen your mental capacities.
  3. Brain training games and puzzles. Challenge your brain with puzzles and games that stimulate cognitive processes. Games such as crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and brain training apps offer mental exercises that engage different areas of your brain, enhancing memory and problem-solving skills.
  4. Get sufficient sleep. I know this is a tough one for lawyers! However, adequate sleep is crucial for memory consolidation. Try to aim for 7 to 9 hours of quality sleep each night to ensure your brain can rejuvenate and enhance your memory. It is also great for your physical health.
  5. Balanced diet. Nutrition plays a crucial role in brain health. Foods rich in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins support brain function and memory. This can be achieved by incorporating fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins into your diet.
  6. Socialize and connect. Social activities stimulate your brain by requiring you to remember names, engage in conversations and make connections.
  7. Visualization and dissociation. Visualizing concepts and linking them to familiar objects helps your brain establish connections and makes it easier to remember information later. For example, you may wish to use substitute words to break down complex concepts or use your imagination to create vivid mental images of the ideas. This mental Association may assist in memory recall.
  8. Curiosity did not kill the cat. A curious mind is an act of mind. Continuously seek out new experiences, other interests, and engaging with new people. This may include reading books, attending lectures, or participating in lessons/workshops.

Your memory is a muscle, the more you exercise at the stronger it becomes. Incorporating some of the above tips into your routine will help you keeping sharp and improve your mental clarity. So go ahead and challenge yourself - keep active and nourish your brain.

Be well,

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