WHAT day is it? Don’t worry if you had to think about it.
It is one of six things that slip our minds every day, according to a recent survey.
It may seem harmless but forgetting things, such as parking tickets, and misplacing our phones costs an average of £117.69 every year.
So I spoke to psychologist Dr Becky Spelman to get her top tips on improving the memory . . .
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Becky says: “Certain food nutrients can boost memory function. Also look to minimise sugar and alcohol intake as elevated glucose in the bloodstream can result in memory deficit.
My tip: Blueberries help fight memory decline. A 150g punnet is on offer at Aldi until Wednesday for 69p, down from 99p. That’s far cheaper than paying £2 at Tesco.
BRAIN TRAINING: Becky says: “Video games can boost memory and the likes of chess and sudoku can help to keep your brain in shape by enhancing overall cognitive ability.”
My tip: You can get a book of 365 Sudoku puzzles at The Works for £5, down from £9.99. Or download the Sudoku.com app for free.
DELIVER THE GOODS: Becky says: “Setting up regular delivery services, whether it be prescriptions or food, is a quick and convenient way of ensuring things are not forgotten.
My tip: Repeat prescriptions are best to ensure you don’t leave it too late.
WORK OF ART: Becky says: “Researchers found that drawing can be a more effective method of retaining new information than rewriting notes.”
My tip: A 12-pack of Crayola colouring pencils is now £1.50, down from £2 at Tesco.
SLEEP IT OFF: Becky says: “Lack of sleep impairs cognitive ability as the part of the brain that works to solidify memories from temporary to longer-term storage is activated when you are sleeping.”
My tip: Try Feather And Down Sweet Dreams pillow spray, £7 at Boots. It is a cheaper version of This Works Deep Sleep pillow spray, £19.50 at Holland and Barrett.
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