Gone to pick up your keys, and spent the next 15 minutes looking for them?
Yes, us too.
Staying sharp is important for many of us, and while memory can come down to DNA and genetics, lifestyle and dietary habits can also play their part in staying on top of things.
We have had a look at what you can do, so you remember what you need to know.
Have a Brain Workout
Your brain needs stimulation to keep it alert and on top form, so you need to shake things up from time to time. Step away from routines, screens, and give your brain a real work out with a crossword, word search, Sudoku or a game of Scrabble. These might seem a bit old school, puzzles that are unfamiliar and out of your comfort zone and can give your brain the boost it needs and you never know, you might have fun too.
Physical activity is key to a healthy body and brain. Think about those afternoon slumps and how after eating a muffin and sugary drink you get a quick high but feel lethargic again in no time. Getting out of your seat and doing something physical can clear out the cobwebs, help your waistline and reboot your brain. Swimming, running, sailing, cycling and even dancing, all great ways to get your heart going, the endorphins pumping and your brain in tip-top condition.
Cut Down on Stress
Stress is not your friend and if you find a way to manage it, your brain and memory will thank you. Set yourself realistic goals, write down lists, focus on one task at a time, take regular breaks, and if it all seems too much, talk to someone. If your brain is clogged up with worry, it will be too tired for you to keep on top of everything else, so go easy on yourself and see the good you do and achieve.
Spinach, eggs, mackerel, broccoli, pumpkin seeds and berries are all great healthy, memory boosting foods. Foods which are rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, as well as omegas 3 and 6 can help keep you aware, so sprinkle on cereals and salads, enjoy as a snack on the go and add to smoothies and not only will they taste great, they will help you feel better too. Keeping an eye on your alcohol consumption is a good idea, as is adding Green Tea to your shopping list as this contains powerful antioxidants that protect against the free radicals that can damage brain cells.
Laughter is a Great Medicine
When was the last time you laughed, really laughed? Making time to watch a funny film, go to a comedy club, meet with friends or just have dinner with your family and share the love of life, can give you a chance to relax and laugh with those closest to you. Do it and you will be amazed at how long you will remember that night, and so many other things too.
Write it Down
If nothing else, write things down. Whether you put dates and times in a diary, on a chalkboard or in your phone, knowing that everything is recorded in one place, can actually help you focus on the here and now and you will soon be remembering where you are meant to be and where those car keys are too.
Last updated on 21/08/2018.