True be told, we all suffer a bit with our memories. I have to surround myself with tones of to-do lists to keep things in order, and I don’t do that because it’s a fashionable thing to do, but because after years of trying to rely on my memory, I finally accepted that no, I couldn’t trust it.
When we learn something, whether it is a language or something much more complex such as equations, things are no different. You go to your class, and you learn a nice word, but then when you want to put it in a sentence, it’s gone, it’s gone from your memory, and then you feel like you can never become fluent, and you always blame your ‘bad memory.’
Let me give you some good news: you don’t have a bad memory; your memory is probably overloaded, more or less like a computer. As much as you put in it, slower it gets. Of course, your brain is much powerful than a computer, but yet, it gets full. Life is busy; life is crazy, plus, bills to pay, kids to care for, work problems, and on top of that, you want to learn something new, so yes, your memory will refuse to keep up with you sometimes.
Ok, it might not sound like a piece of good news, but it is! If something is overloaded, you can unload it, but you can’t always fix something broken or damaged. So an overloaded memory suddenly doesn’t sound that bad.
How can I unload my memory?
When I think about the ‘business of life, the word ‘mindfulness’ comes to mind. So, be mindful:
- About your food:
Eat well; a good diet can profoundly impact your energy, which can affect your learning. Don’t forget: Increasing your Omega 3 intake as well as fiber can give you extra help.
- About your rest:
Sleep well; there’s nothing more important than sleeping when it comes to memorizing/ learning. Your body is a machine that needs to recharge every single day. How? Sleeping. There are so many benefits that come with a good night of sleep, including improving your memory. With that said, I want to encourage you: you might not be able to exercise, eat the right food, but if you try to improve at least your sleep, you will probably enhance your memorizing ability by 80%.
- About your daily issues:
Try to lower your anxiety levels. Breathing exercises can put your heart back to resting levels and reset your state of mind. We can avoid feeling anxious, but we can control how to react when we feel like that. It might sound cliché, but if you try to take ten deep breaths when anxiety arises, you will be able to control your mind better.
- About yourself
Love yourself. Self-love is so important in the learning process. Compliment yourself every time you achieve something; it doesn’t matter how small it is; every little thing counts. Besides, big dreams are the results of little ones.
Now that you learned how to become mindful, you are ready for the excellent and practical stuff:
- Write down- The reason I make a to-do list isn’t really about looking at them to remind me, but because I write them, I can remember them better. I often know by heart what I have to do if I write it first.
- Put it in a sentence – Every time you learn a new word, try to create at least five different sentences where you can use it. Believe me; it will stick to your brain.
- Look at it – Some people put their reminders on the fridge to look at them and don’t forget what to do or not do—some things with new words. Stick a new comment in a place where you can look at it all the time.
- Sing it – When we are at kindergarten, everything becomes music. Funny enough, we still remember those songs. Create a sentence with the word and sing it.
- Repeat it – I’ve heard someone say it once; reptation is the key, I don’t know if it is, but it helps.
Try some of our tips and let us know how you are doing! 🙂