Research has shown that lowering levels of the stress hormone cortisol can help improve memory and learning. Smiling and laughter are great ways of lowering cortisol, so try not to take things too seriously — and get giggly.
Write, don’t type
If you really want to be able to recall something, try writing it out in longhand. Even if you never reread it, studies have shown that just the act of writing something allows you to recall it in a way that touching a keypad does not.
Opt for oily fish
One of the major omega-3 fatty acids in the brain, DHA, helps stop plaque forming on the brain, which happens in Alzheimer’s. So up your intake of oily fish rich in omega-3s — such as tuna, mackerel and salmon. Or you could try an omega-3 supplement.
Have more sex
Women who have regular sex have been found to have a better memory, according to research. The study found a link between sex and the growth of nervous tissue in an area of the brain that controls emotions, memory and the nervous system.
Have an early night
While we are asleep our body reactivates neurons that were active while learning a new motor task, helping to aid long-term storage of new memories. So if you learn something new and want to improve your chances of remembering it, get a good night’s sleep.