Memory and concentration are very important in 21 century. But as vital as these things are, we tend to lose them due to some circumstances. The commonest is age; as people age, their memories might fade, and concentration becomes weak. However, there are methods that you can devise to prevent memory loss and increase concentration even when aging.
Exercise your brain
First, you need to learn that the brain is elastic and does not have a limit. The only limit you can have is the knowledge that you acquire. The more you use it, the more it expands and becomes stronger. So, if your brain is not working to its fullest capacity, you might want to ask yourself whether you are learning new things. The way you go to a gym to exercise your body also engages in activities to exercise your brain. Learn the impossible, instruments, play mind games, and you can even learn another language. Note that if you always putt your brain in its comfort zone, you will never improve your memory and concentration.
Use acronyms and abbreviations.
This method has proven effective for students over the years. It is a great way to remember things. If you are struggling with a particular word, you can shorten them to a few letters that you can easily remember e.g., ROYGBIV for Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. And you can even try putting them into songs or even rhymes. It does not matter the one you are choosing; the goal is to choose something that will be simple to remember.
Relax and sleep
It is important that you engage in brain tasking activities; however, it is more important that you do not disrespect sleeping time. Rest a lot, get enough sleep, and do not break your sleep routine. Having quality sleeping time is a time of reset; it takes stress off your brain and allows you to be more productive. At least your sleeping time should be around 7 to 9 hours and avoid drinks that will interfere with your sleep.
Exercising your brain should not stop your physical exercise. It allows you to stay alert. Exercising regularly helps to increase the level of oxygen in the brain and minimizes the risk of diseases that can lead to memory and concentration loss. It allows useful brain chemicals to work effectively and minimizes the stress hormones. In short, engage in exercises and get your heart pumping because if it is good for your heart, then it will be good for your brain.
Avoid some drugs
Do not take any medications without having a prescription from your doctor. And stay clear of medications that will affect your memory and concentration. Some drugs might do well to treat some diseases and, at the same time, has an effect on your brain—medications such as statins, antidepressants, sleeping aids, antianxiety and hypertension drugs, and metformin. The most important thing is making sure you discuss with the doctor before you take any medication.