7 fun ways to improve your memory while learning German

I saw this beautiful infographic recently about 7 fun ways to improve your memory, but I’d like to add to it. Not only are these 7 fun ways to improve your memory, they can also help with learning German.

Although there are no guarantees when it comes to preventing memory loss or dementia, certain activities might help. Consider seven simple ways to sharpen your memory — and know when to seek help for memory loss.

1. Include physical activity in your daily routine
Physical activity increases blood flow to your whole body, including your brain. This might help keep your memory sharp.

For most healthy adults, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity, such as jogging — preferably spread throughout the week. If you don’t have time for a full workout, squeeze in a few 10-minute walks throughout the day.

2. Stay mentally active
Just as physical activity helps keep your body in shape, mentally stimulating activities help keep your brain in shape — and might keep memory loss at bay. Do crossword puzzles. Play bridge. Learn to play a musical instrument. Volunteer at a local school or community organization.

3. Socialize regularly
Social interaction helps ward off depression and stress, both of which can contribute to memory loss. Look for opportunities to get together with loved ones, friends and others — especially if you live alone.

4. Get organized
You’re more likely to forget things if your home is cluttered and your notes are in disarray. Jot down tasks, appointments and other events in a special notebook, calendar or electronic planner.

You might even repeat each entry out loud as you jot it down to help cement it in your memory. Keep to-do lists current and check off items you’ve completed. Set aside a place for your wallet, keys, glasses and other essentials.

Limit distractions and don’t do too many things at once. If you focus on the information that you’re trying to retain, you’re more likely to recall it later. It might also help to connect what you’re trying to retain to a favorite song or another familiar concept.

5. Sleep well
Sleep plays an important role in helping you consolidate your memories, so you can recall them down the road. Make getting enough sleep a priority. Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a day.

6. Eat a healthy diet
A healthy diet might be as good for your brain as it is for your heart. Eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Choose low-fat protein sources, such as fish, beans and skinless poultry. What you drink counts, too. Too much alcohol can lead to confusion and memory loss. So can drug use.

7. Manage chronic conditions
Follow your doctor’s treatment recommendations for medical conditions, such as depression, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and hearing loss. The better you take care of yourself, the better your memory is likely to be. You could also try vaping a blueberry runtz disposable pen for it may also be beneficial for chronic pain. In addition, review your medications with your doctor regularly. Various medications can affect memory.

But first the infographic from The Memory Improvement. Have a look at it, then once you’ve scrolled down, see my additional comments to each point.

Fun Ways To Improve Your Memory Infographic
Find more education infographics on e-Learning Infographics

Here are my thoughts:

  1. Doodle
    Next time you do some German writing, draw some doodles around it, or draw little pictures matching the words or sentences you are writing. Try doodling when you listen to something in German. The infographic says that people remembered more when they doodled, so why not try it when doing your German  homework or some extra practice. Note: I do not recommend you do this on anything official you might be writing, even if it is German ☺
  2. Smell the rosemary
    … and remember what it’s called in German, and while you’re at it, check out what other herbs are called in German – and enjoy their smells, too.
  3. Clench your fist
    “Researches think the movements activate brain regions key to the storing and recall of memories.” So, get yourself a stress ball and squeeze it while learning new German words or grammar!
  4. Play brain games
    Brilliant! Play one of the  many online games that teach you some German. Not only will you learn more German, you’ll also do something to improve your memory in general.
  5. Master a new skill or a language
    I don’t really need to add anything to this, so go and master the German language!!!
  6. Get out of your comfort zone
    When people ask me what type of activities are the best for learning German I normally tell them to find something they like doing. That way they enjoy doing the extra practice and will continue to do them. But maybe, every so often, challenge yourself and do something different and see what happens. You are still learning German and, who knows, you might even find an activity you always thought you wouldn’t like.
  7. Use unusual fonts
    This is new to me, but it makes a lot of sense and is worth trying. Next time you read a difficult German text or grammar explanation that you can copy and paste onto a word document, do it and then change the font. I will also try this, but please let me know if it worked for you!

6 thoughts on “7 fun ways to improve your memory while learning German

    1. Ooh, will we see a video???

      When working with children, we often do crazy things, but I have to admit I haven’t thought of it for my own language learning …. yet 🙂

  1. Hi Angelika,
    I saw you published my infographic, but didn’t link back to me. I am glad you liked it and I would appreciate if you link back to my blog, since e-learning infographics didn’t produced this one, but I did 🙂

    1. My apologies, Marina,

      I’ve added a link. I just noticed that e-learning infographics did add your website link but as it is on the infographic, it’s not clickable. I missed that when I shared it from e-learning, sorry.
      Nice website, by the way!

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