Have you ever noticed that people tend to fall into routine? It's human nature to follow the same steps when performing everyday activities, such as driving to work or making breakfast.
However, sticking with the same daily routine basically puts your memory on pause. Following the same daily steps does not stimulate your hippocampus which is the part of the brain that is the most responsible for memory.
This explains why so many of us don't remember certain parts of car rides or what we had for breakfast!
Routines may be comfortable, but maybe it's time for you and your aging loved ones to mix it up!
- Try taking a different route home from work or the grocery store. This will help your brain stay more alert since you will be taking in new sceneries.
- Switch up your breakfast meals to keep things more interesting! Do you find yourself reaching for the oatmeal every morning? Trade it in for an omelet or bran muffin! This small change can pull you out of your routine funk and get your brain moving earlier in the morning.
- Do you always eat dinner at the same time? Try eating a little earlier and going for a walk after! Not only will you change your routine, but you'll also have more time for exercise!
Changing the smallest things can help improve your memory and put your brain to work!
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