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NLP Tricks And Tips To Sharpen Your Concentration

by Alan B. Densky, CH

In today's fast paced society, we are constantly inundated with new things and we need a better memory to recall everything. Students need a better memory for learning and performing well on tests. Most people need a better memory to be successful in their career, and we all could use better memories to remember important new facts. However, most people have difficulty remembering new facts and ideas. Memory problems often take place as we age, but there are other factors that can affect our memories, such as stress, fatigue, depression, and difficulty concentrating. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to develop your memory using easy mnemonic devices and self-hypnosis and memory enhancement.

Mnemonic devices are valuable memory retention techniques. They come in the forms of words, pictures, or any other associations that help you link concepts and information together. Acronyms are a common mnemonic device formed using the initial letters of words or word parts in a name or phrase. For example, let's say you want to memorize a shopping list of soap, salsa, cheese, ham, and eggs. You could come up with the acronym "CHESS" for cheese, ham, eggs, soap, and salsa. The acronym and the effort you put into generating it help you memorize the list.

Acrostic sentences are much like acronyms. You can use acrostic sentences to memorize ordered lists or sequences of events. In an acrostic, you use the first letters, syllables, or words of a phrase to remember a different message. One acrostic taught to students is "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally" to help them remember the order of operations in mathematics (Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction).

Another well-known mnemonic technique is called the "Method of Loci." The Method of Loci was used in ancient times to memorize speeches. In this technique, you link information to visual cues along a path. First, you think of a physical pathway you know well, such as a walk through your house or the commute to work. Envision yourself traveling down this pathway, and identify distinct landmarks that you pass by. Each landmark will correspond to something you wish to remember. Once you have your path and landmarks, you mentally associate a piece of information with each landmark. Another technique is the "chunking" method of memorization. This method is functional in memorizing a series of numbers, such as social security numbers, phone numbers, and dates. For example, you probably remember your social security number as three sets of three digits, or a set of three, two and four digit numbers. Using the chunking trick, you break up a sizeable amount of information into "chunks" that are much easier to handle and commit to memory. You can also group information into categories to help you remember more complicated information.

Now that you have learned these memorization techniques, you can use them when you are trying to remember information. To successfully form a memory, concentrate on what you need to commit to memory, taking 5 - 8 seconds to process the information. You should eliminate distractions from your environment that divert your attention from what you want to remember. Jot down the information, read it aloud to yourself, and try to engage all of your senses when you are learning new things. If you can experience or associate the information with all of your senses, you will remember it better.

Stress will interfere with your ability to focus and remember information, so you must relax! To handle your anxiety, you may be interested in using self-hypnosis to improve concentration, memory and recall abilities. Although memorization tricks are helpful, stress and lack of focus are the primary reasons why people suffer from memory problems and can restrain your success using the techniques. If stress and concentration problems are causing your memory troubles, you can use self-hypnosis to improve memory and recall abilities significantly. Your memory will be greatly improved by combining memorization tricks with self-hypnosis and memory improvement techniques. Hypnosis memory improvement techniques can help you de-stress and focus on information. Hypnosis and memory tricks help enhance your memory by increasing your alertness, so you won't forget things such as where you left your wallet or keys. Hypnosis and memory enhancement can also help you cope with stress that interferes with your ability to remember information, such as anxiousness before a presentation at work or an exam. Many students experience test anxiety, but this can be overcome by hypnotism therapy treatments. Similarly, many people "freeze" and forget what they want to say during public speeches, which is a problem that can be overcome by self-hypnosis memory improvement techniques.

Hypnotherapy is the best way for people to commit information to memory because it calms the mind and increases the ability to concentrate. You can make self-hypnosis and your memory work together to eliminate your memory problems. Someday, self-hypnosis and memory may become inseparable as people learn how hypnotherapy can make their lives better.

Alan B. Densky, CH has specialized in the practice of hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming since 1978. He offers self-hypnosis CD's for concentration, memory and recall. Visit his Neuro-VISION Hypnotherapy site for free resources & MP3 downloads, and his Hypnosis Video Blog for tips & tricks.

Published February 5th, 2008

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