When you forget a simple fact, or the name someone you met just yesterday, it’s easy to think you’re going crazy.

You may not be getting old or suffering from dementia. You may not have effective strategies to remember.

The brain has a mechanism for forgetting.

Do not cling to the notion that you will always be this way.

No matter your age, the brain is neuroplastic. It can change, learn, grow, and improve.

Paying Attention
You may have forgotten because you were not paying attention. You may have been distracted or the information presented in a way you didn’t find engaging.

Don’t multitask. You will miss out on important information if you divide your attention.
Active Listening. The more engaged you are in what’s being said, then the easier it is to remember.
Practice mindfulness. You can practice mindfulness by being in the moment.
Creating Connections
Memory is a web of thought. You’re more likely to remember new information if you can relate it to another thing.

Associate. Make associations.
It is important to write it down. You will be forced to slow down, process information in your words and have a chance later to review the material.
Create a memento. Attach the memory to an image or object. You may also remember the image or object when you see it again.
Memory fades with time. You need to keep it in your mind repeatedly to maintain the memory.

Repeat the information frequently. Repeat the information.
Repeat the information at regular intervals. Re-read the information regularly. Repeat the information if you forget.
Practice different formulations. Rephrase the sentence in a different way. Rephrase it in reverse or from another perspective.
Patient Retrieval
It can take a bit of patience for the memory to come back.

Do not give up. You might be able to recall the memory if you wait patiently.
Remember similar information. You might be able to recall the memory by bringing up similar associations.
Change your surroundings. Take a break and go back to the place you learned it.
Other Lifestyle Modifications
You can improve your memory by doing a few things in your daily life.

Manage your stress. Stress can alter brain function, making it harder to remember and think clearly.
Exercise. Exercise stimulates the brain to form new connections.
Fruits and vegetables are good for you. The brain functions best when you eat nutritious foods.
Sleep enough. Sleep helps consolidate your memories.
Continue to learn new things and experience new challenges. Meet new people.
Share your experience. Share your experiences. Share your experiences.
Shared memories help us to grow and connect.

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