How can brain-healthy habits support working memory?A sharp memory is a prized intellectual attribute, but too much focus on memorization can deplete brain resources. Instead, practice applying strategies that elevate focus and attention.
SCIENCE SAYS: A brain too occupied with remembering every detail tends to work less efficiently. Finding everyday ways to exercise higher-level cognitive functions, like problem solving, decision-making and critical reasoning, can promote independence and also working memory.
WAYS TO BEGIN:
- Take notes instead of relying on memory.
- Minimize distractions, and complete tasks at your own pace.
- Reword ideas to help with processing and understand new information.
- Explore creative strategies for reminding yourself of important tasks or steps in a process, like trying strategically placed signs, personal notes and calendar alerts.