The Importance of Brain Fitness
Your memory and concentration or attention are the two important mental skills and are directly related when you are having a conversation or thinking of a solution right away.
As a matter of fact, many of our memory complaints that we have encountered before or lately have nothing to do with the actual ability to remember things. In result, they come from a failure to focus properly on the task at hand and not the other way around.
For example, when don't remember where you've put your car keys or even worst, you forgot where you have parked your car at the mall. This is the result when you are not paying attention to what you are doing in the first place thus leaving your brain with little opportunity to process any information that be recalled later to help you locate or find something or someone when the time comes.
Focusing attention is effortful.
Forgetting or being forgetful often gets harder and harder to concentrate as we age through time.
What can we do to improve our concentration and memory these days? You can try these specific tips that you can do by yourself or with an expert's help:
1. Practice meditationFor those of you who are not familiar with this, there are multiple studies that prove meditation can be a good brain training tool to improve attention/concentration skills as a person. Aside from that, meditation can really give you peace of mind, undeniable self-confidence and above all, it takes you closer to yourself and to your capabilities as a person.
2. Choose to be proactive, not passiveHave an action and result oriented behaviour. That's what proactive is all about. When you are talking to someone, ask questions and not just listen to him or her all the time. When you read books, after internalising the meaning of it, you should summarise it to have good result.
3. Avoid multi-taskingSo your attention will not be divided, you should always put in your mind to finish something like a chore one at a time. As a person, our attention is limited. When you try to do several things at once, your concentration is less on each individual task. The worse case about it is you waste some or your limited attention and processing power in switching from one thing to the next and then back. Multi-tasking is okay when you do it once in a while.
4. Repeat the information takenWhen you feel like you have completed a certain task, come back to it more than one time. This has been found in many studies that repeating information is easier to recall. It is also good to practice our focus and attention from time to time.
5. Think about and build on itFinally, this is the time you will going to elaborate on the information you have taken. Things that are concrete and have a clear meaning are easier to remember than abstract and vague ones. Like for example if you picture the information in your head, it is proven that pictures are easier to memorise than words. Do it instead of the other one.
Hope these tips helps you all with your attention and memory problem everyone. Visit our page for some added cognitive stimulation ideas if you want!