When it comes to our general health and well-being, it simply has to be said that suffering from a stroke can be one of the most debilitating and horrendous ordeals of a person’s life. In times gone by suffering from a stroke meant that you would never be the same again and would never make a full recovery but these days thanks to the huge technological advances in medicine and stroke therapy by Enayati, people can suffer a stroke and be back to their old selves in a matter of months. One of the most affected parts of a person when suffering a stroke is the memory and it is not uncommon for people recovering from a stroke to struggle greatly with their cognitive functions and their memories, both long and short term. The good news however, is that thanks to the breakthroughs in stroke therapy, there are numerous exercises and techniques you can put into practice that could help improve your memory in no time at all. Here’s a look at a few of the most effective techniques.
Numerous studies have found that you will be far more likely to remember something if you associate it with something else. For example, Halloween falls on the 31st of October and you associate pumpkins with Halloween so thinking about pumpkins will automatically make you think of Halloween and the date that it falls on as well. You can associate a person with how they look as well, so say for example: Chris is a tall man, try to imagine Chris standing on stilts and being tall. The techniques sound odd but they do work and besides which, you don’t need to tell anybody else how you’re remembering them as long as it works for you.
If you’re trying to remember something, or someone, you will be required to try to form a picture in your own mind’s eye of who, or what, you’re trying to remember. If you’re trying to remember something that happened in the past, try to re-live that very situation in your mind. Try to remember sights, sounds, smells, anything that could help you remember. If you need to remember something for the future, visualise that moment happening in the future as much as you can. Visualise what day it is, how the weather will be, and what you plan on wearing.
Write Things Down
Finally, if you are struggling to remember things then there’s no harm in writing things down, in fact, it is actively encouraged. If your memory isn’t what it once was and is taking longer than you anticipated to get back on track, simply make note of any information that could be deemed important. Medications, phone numbers, contacts, names, appointments etc, can all be deemed important and so take the time to write them down and place the information somewhere visible at all times. On an open shelf or a calendar on the wall perhaps? Don’t put this information away in a drawer or somewhere cluttered because you could struggle to remember where you placed it in the first place.