When memory plays tricks

When memory plays tricks
Concentration is key to memorisation

"My memory is failing, I don't remember well". These words from a well-known French song, perfectly illustrate a feeling that we all have. Influenced by various everyday factors, memory is a complex process that needs to be cared for.

How does memory work?

We use our memory throughout the day, it is therefore normal that it should lag from time to time. Indeed, stress, anxiety or tiredness can impair our memorisation abilities. Initially however, the problem stems from concentration. Indeed, it is because we are unable to focus that we fail to correctly store some information. Fortunately, these are often only transient weaknesses that can be overcome in an entirely natural manner. We must however accept that we are not all equal when it comes to this phenomenon. Indeed, age, sex and lifestyle can significantly affect our abilities.

Some simple tips should help limit the damage:

Sleep!

When our body is resting, our brain sorts things out! Indeed, it takes advantage of this time to sort the day's memories and to store the various elements. It is thus important to sleep regularly in order to avoid disrupting this mechanism.

Eat!

Eat, yes, but eat correctly. The brain consumes large amounts of energy; we must thus provide it with the nutrients it requires to function, thanks to a balanced diet.

Exercise!

Memory wears out if you don't use it. There are several suitable activities: scrabble, chess, or simply memorising phone numbers or addresses. Practicing this type of activity enables you to improve your long-term memorisation abilities.

Our tip for tip-top memory!

"Disconnecting" from your electronic devices (smartphone, computer) can help you achieve calm when you need to concentrate. This will allow you to better memorise. Moreover, avoid sleeping near your mobile phone. This will enable you to get refreshing sleep and hence to concentrate better the next day.

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