5 Fun Memory Improvement Exercises to Try to Improve Your Focus on the Road

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Driving requires a lot of focus. You need to be able to pay attention to your own driving skills, as well as the cars around you, your environment, and any signs and signals along your route. Accidents are quick and can come out of nowhere. 

Did you know that practicing memory improvement exercises daily or weekly can actually improve your focus as well as your memory? If you want to be a sharper driver, try out one of these five memory improvement practices. They’re quick and easy! 

1. Puzzles

Puzzles are one of the best ways to improve your mental capacity. Did you know that many drivers have an extremely poor memory? Puzzles can actually remedy this, allowing you to remember things you saw while driving and pay attention to your route to work. 

Some of the best puzzles for increasing mental capacity, memory, and focus include: 

  • Sudoku
  • Crossword puzzles
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Mathematical puzzles
  • Word games

Luckily for you, you can buy big books of various puzzles at most bookstores for a small price. Just fill one out per day to get your mind focused and sharp. 

2. Mindfulness

Mindfulness can also help clear your mind and allow you to focus more. You can even practice it on the go. Mindfulness exercises that improve focus and memory include those in which you focus your energy on one thing at a time. 

Here’s one practice to try: 

  1. Sit in a calm and quiet location. 
  2. Choose one color that is present in your location.
  3. Try to identify as many things as possible in that color as you can.
  4. You can also do this with other senses, such as seeing how many sounds you can hear.

3. Memory Card Game

Memory cards can help boost your memory quite a bit. To use them, you’ll need to find some online or in a store that are at the level you’re looking for. Some are harder than others. Start small and work your way up to difficult cards. 

To use memory cards, you’ll look at the picture/words/numbers on the card and commit them to memory. You can do this with more than one card at a time if you want to challenge yourself. Give it a minute or two, and then try to recall what was on the cards. 

If you want to really add a challenge, add distractions like music, kids playing, or the TV playing in the background. Doing this will mimic some of the challenges you might face while on the road and needing to focus. 

If you want to learn more about how memory works, check out BetterHelp’s helpful advice column here:

4. Learning to Read Music

If you have the time, picking up an instrument and learning it is a great way to increase your mental capacity. Reading music activates the same side of the brain as doing math or logic-based problems. 

If you already know how to play an instrument, it’s time to bust it out again. Try practicing your instrument for at least five minutes per day to keep the music-oriented part of your brain active and working, even when you’re not playing. 

5. Playing Chess 

We all know that chess is a logic-based game. It’s super helpful for broadening your scope and being able to focus more. After all, in the game, you have to focus quite hard to be able to win. If you have someone at home who is willing to play chess with you, try playing weekly to get your mind working. 

If you don’t have a chess partner, you can join a chess club, study moves on your own, or even enter tournaments to try to beat other players. 

Chess is a super fun way to increase your memory and focus. The best part about it is that there are always new moves to be learned, so you can play it any time and never get bored. 

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