As a parent, it can be really hard to remember everything that you should. With multiple schedules to keep up with, appointments to make, and groceries to shop for, you’re likely to find yourself forgetting important things.
Fortunately, there are some really easy ways to help keep your memory healthy so you can juggle everything without worrying about missing something!
Use Visual Cues
It’s a lot harder to forget something if you have it in front of you. Get a whiteboard for writing down important information and put it somewhere you will see it all the time. Plus, sometimes, the act of writing down something is all you need to have it stick in your brain! Writing works better than typing does in this sense.
Say It Out Loud
We know many people feel weird about talking to themselves. The truth is, though, that it can really help your memory skills! Saying things out loud can help you remember them better, and it’s even more beneficial if you repeat them a few times to really let them stick.
Stay Physically Active
It can be hard to find time for yourself when you’re a parent, but don’t let your physical activity be where you slack. Moving regularly helps your blood flow, and there’s research to show that it can help keep your memory working better. The good news is that this exercise can be as simple as a family walk around the neighborhood!
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is another area parents tend to not handle properly for numerous different reasons. However, the truth is that getting the right amount of sleep helps your brain compartmentalize your memories for the day and be ready to process new information when you wake up. Getting seven to nine hours of sleep per night allows you to hold onto memories better and will set you up for success!
Use Mnemonic Devices
Sometimes it’s easier to remember things if you make up a saying to go with it. Mnemonic devices are abbreviations, songs, acronyms, or other wordplays that make something easier to remember. Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to remember the words to a song than something you read? That’s why!
Make it as goofy as you need to (sometimes it’s better that way!), and you’ll find yourself recalling information much better!
If you’ve found yourself wanting an excuse to go spend some time with other adults, this is it. There’s research that shows regular socialization leads to a slower decline of memory. This is probably the most enjoyable tip on this list, so it should be easy to convince yourself to try it out!
Memory is a vital part of our brain process, and it’s even more important for parents. Unfortunately, parents also tend to have issues remembering everything they need to. However, taking the time to make some easy adjustments to your daily routine will help you see improvement in your ability to remember and recall information in your everyday life!