Short-term Memory and How to Sharpen the Mind
The memory is like a playground. On the playground, you have merry-go-rounds, swings, teeter-totters, basketball hoops, spiders, ball courts, slides, and so on. As you move around the playground in the mind, you will help ups and downs, highs and lows, slips and falls, hoops, and the like. The mind sometimes presents memories that are fun, while other times the memory sends us information we just want to forget.
The thing is our memories have all the information we gathered from birth until the age we are now. Unless you have a major disease, or a disorder that prevents you from having a memory, you have the ability to pull up information. Even with most mental disorders, you still have memories, they may be painful. This article is not geared to help those suffering Multiple Personality Disorders or Posttraumatic Stress Syndrome, which in fact are real disorders that affect the memory. However, if you think you can take advantage of this information, consult with your therapists before attempting to do so.
The key to regaining memory is to organize your thoughts, associating thoughts, listing general and specific thoughts and so on. Once you jot down the generals, you can move onto the specifics. Once you organize your thoughts, you will find it easier to locate information. You should your body to connect senses, emotions, actions, words, and the like to help you locate information.
As you work to remember, use your objective mind to catalog the memories and avoid working against or trying to interpret them as they arrive. As you recall the details of the memories, write them down along with the associated general memory.
Using different strategies to recall memories can help you develop your long-term memory. The same skills will help you in the short-term mind. In other words, you will cultivate a pattern of remembering.
As you work through the memories make them mean something to you. These will help you to catalog memories that form in your mind. You can work toward creating triggers that associate with the memories to alert you when you need to recall one. As you introduce new ideas to the brain, it will help to associate them with older memories. Thus all similar memories can be recalled at once.
Action is one of the best strategies to enhance memory. In other words, use body signals with adrenaline flowing and energy sparking as you practice to remember. It is always best to relax periodically as you work to remember. Sometimes the process of remembering could frustrate the average mind. Relax any time you feel frustration moving in.
As you move into the practices of memory enhancement take time to create images in your mind. The images will help you to develop a live action scene in your mind. You can do this by creating diagrams on paper, draw pictures that entertain you and so on. As you draw, the pictures employ them into your memory-chasing scheme by connecting the illustrations to relationships and facts. Abstract concepts connected to visual pictures will make it easier for you to recall memories.
Creation of images works with verbal data processed in the brain and if you combine the two, it makes it easier to find information. Reciting and repeating can also help you to recall information. You should repeat information aloud as you work to recall memories. This will help you find information sooner. Try to go in an area of the room where no one can distract your processing, otherwise information may come together at the wrong time.