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3 Tips to Improve Your Memory and Concentration

3 Tips to Improve Your Memory and Concentration
If you often find yourself feeling unfocused or struggling to recall important details, you're not alone. Many of us long for a sharper memory and honed concentration—key aspects of our mental health that influence every domain of life.

There is a lot of information available out there with tips like getting better sleep, proper nutrition, certain vitamins you could take, etc. In this article, however, we're focusing on Eastern healing wisdom and brain-based holistic approaches for enhancing your memory, focus, and other cognitive capacities—because our mission is to show you just how much power already lies within you!

Here are 3 tips:

1. Embrace Meditation

As a stress-relieving and calming practice, research indicates that meditation not only reduces stress and pain but also manages blood pressure and fosters memory enhancement.

It has also displayed the ability to increase gray matter in our brains, which is vital as we get older, since gray matter typically diminishes, negatively affecting memory and cognitive functions.

In light of this, studies have affirmed enhancements in short-term memory among people—regardless of their age—who engage in meditation and other relaxation techniques.

Weaving regular meditation into your schedule sets the stage for improved focus and memory retention. Over time, this habit disciplines your brain to sustain task concentration, retrieve wandering attention and foster a serene mental state conducive to both memory recall and creativity.

Some unique types of meditation we love for cultivating focus and presence are pineal gland meditation and Jigam energy-sensing meditation. Another favorite is Brain Wave Vibration. which releases excess energy from your head, slows down your thoughts, and connects you to the deepest parts of your consciousness embedded in your brainstem.

2. Create a "Water Up, Fire Down" Energy State

In Eastern healing wisdom, "Water Up, Fire Down" is a fundamental energetic state that can have real tangible benefits on your memory and focus. This principle refers to the natural, healthy circulation of energy in your body: calm, cool "water" energy in the head and upper body, and warm, active "fire" energy in the abdomen.

An imbalance in this energy state—water energy going down, fire energy going upward—can lead to a heated, cluttered mind and hampered cognitive abilities. This energy imbalance is often caused by stress, overthinking, and lack of movement. So how do you restore this optimal energy balance for better mental performance?

Yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, and other practices like those we offer in the Change Your Energy Premium Membership, can help you realign yourself to this energy state. These activities gear towards channeling the 'fire' energy downward and keeping the 'water' energy up.

Steady flows of energy can clear your mind and revamp your focus and memory. So, remember: To keep your mind sharp, aim for water up and fire down. By embracing this principle, you are bound to observe improvements in your memory retention and concentration.

3. Exercise Your Brain

Your brain, like any other muscle in your body, requires regular exercise to function optimally. Dedicating a few minutes each day to brain workouts such as puzzles, memory games, or exercises like the ones in our online course Brain Education 101, can help improve your concentration and memory.

Brain Sensitizing involves creating a strong connection between your brain and body. The simplest way to do this is to tune into bodily sensations, recognizing and acknowledging them, and perhaps experiencing them on a more and more subtle level as you go.

It can be done anytime, anywhere. For example, you can consciously direct your awareness to the weight of your body on your chair or the coolness of your breath. By acutely tuning your brain to sensations in the present moment again and again, you create a more potent neural network linking body and mind. Over time, people who practice often discover a sharpening of mental faculties, including a greater capacity for focus and memory.

For a couple more exercises that can contribute to your brain's health, try incorporating gentle head-tapping or brain-stretching upper body stretches into your daily routine. They can counter the negative effects of mental and physical stress and boost the blood and oxygen supply to your brain, enhancing your mental clarity. Check out this blog for more details on these exercises.

By incorporating these changes into your routine, you're not just enhancing your memory and focus. You're embracing a more fulfilling lifestyle centered around optimal mental and physical health. Start slow, be consistent, and anticipate a future with a sharper mind and a more focused outlook.

For more courses, classes and webinars to help you create a stronger relationship between your body and brain for a healthier, happier life, try the Change Your Energy Premium Membership. You can try it free for 15 days if you’re a first-time user.

Written by Kris Washington-Carroll
Kris is a loving, creative soul with a deep personal healing story. Mindbody practices, energy work and meditation changed her life back in 2006, and today, she’s inspired to share these tools with as many people as possible to help them live happier, healthier lives. In addition to writing, teaching, and coaching, Kris is also a visual artist with a passion for using art to uplift, inspire, heal and transform.
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