Inactivity and isolation are not good for your memory. If you struggle with memory, self-isolation can prove particularly challenging.
There is no shortage of worrying and stressful situations these days. They can take hold of mental health rather quickly and your memory may suffer as a result. To keep your cognitive function in check, it’s going to take some effort.
Thankfully, there are things you can do to maintain a healthy memory and optimize brain function from the comfort of your home.
For example, this could be a great time to pull out some old photo albums to transport you to the past. Taking a look at your photos can charge up your memory to think about experiences you may have forgotten. This can light up the brain and boost activity.
Another component of a healthy memory is social connectivity. Although you shouldn’t be going out to see people, there are several technological platforms you can use. Facetime, Skype, and Zoom can allow you to see the faces you love.
These platforms also allow for group chats to celebrate holidays and other events with family and friends.
Taking this opportunity to learn something new can also help with memory. There are several online classes you could take. If that’s not your thing, reading some books on topics of interest can help. Learn, then do!
Libraries have several online resources, while there are resources like Audible and e-readers that put the world of information at your fingertips.
Physical activity is a central component of a healthy memory. Taking some time each day for exercise can do a lot for your mind. If you have an outdoor space at home, take advantage. Walk around the yard or do yardwork to get oxygen-rich blood to your brain.
If you don’t have outdoor space, walking through your home can help. If that is not an option, getting out for a walk on a quiet street in the early morning or evening could be an option if you are symptom-free, not at high risk, and can practice social-distancing.
Staying on top of brain health to prevent memory loss/decline during the COVID-19 pandemic is an important component of your daily routine. As you navigate these trying times, keep your brain engaged and put it to the test.