The One Clever Function Shared by Smart Phones and Blind People

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It’s hard not to feel disadvantaged when it comes to doing those visual tasks now that you are experiencing vision loss. But have you noticed how, with your low vision, you function with a different operating system? As your sight gets worse, your other senses do become more aware.

But there is also another clever ‘application’ already running within your system you can take full advantage of – like creating a smartphone inside your head!

This FREE device is called your memory!

Consider it to be a bit like having a personalized internal-computer app wired to your brain.

Did you know that you can:

  • Train very specific brain cells to heighten the skill and function of memory
  • Enhance your ability to learn new information in adapting to vision loss and improve your ability to remember things, no matter how old you are
  • Use your physical senses to develop superior skills in recalling memory
  • Learn tips and exercises that can help boost your brainpower

According to research, it can take 8 seconds to fully process specific information to store to memory using intense focus. This being the case, blind and visually-impaired people are already at an advantage because the absence of full sight makes them adapt to their home and work environments by remembering things in specific patterns and mindful sequences.

For instance, as I can’t see the contents of my wardrobe, I have trained my memory to be mindful when I am organizing clothing into matching colors (having asked this information from the store assistant or a sighted friend).

I take note of exact positions of dozens of items so that I am confident to retrieve this information independently next time I am looking with receptive hands and alert ‘data files’ stored in my memory to guide me to each required garment.

5 Top Ways You Can Install a More Efficient Memory:

1: Get Comfortable Being Out of Your Comfort Zone

Every time you are able to step that little bit more outside of the familiar, you are encouraging your brain to think differently.

Each time you learn a new skill, complete with all its challenges, you are stimulating the mind and developing the ability to be more efficient while creating a pathway to new files your memory can store for use next time.

Interestingly, when you accept unfamiliar situations such as training in Orientation and Mobility for the blind, or enrolling in a computer course, as soon as you start practicing the new skill, it becomes second nature to your way of life.

2: Don’t Lose It, Use It!

Each one of us can train very specific brain cells to heighten the skill and function of memory. How you do this is by giving the mind things to remember and create tasks which  can’t slip your mind.

Tap into the left brain where the application of memory resides to give your mind a mental workout. Try not to curse that difficult task.

Just accept the challenge knowing you are strengthening your memory in the process of sorting out ideas, filing away items, planning the day or managing your family and work life. Flex your memory muscles daily and life becomes more engaging and interesting.

3: Life is a Puzzle Memory Likes to Store Piece by Piece

Multi-tasking has become a popular concept but memory works best when it can focus on one task at a time.

When you devote your full attention, you are being completely mindful of the moment, which allows you time to jot into memory where you are putting important items like your keys and wallet.

In this way, you are creating a memory map, just like the careful assembly of a complex jigsaw puzzle. Piece by piece, you develop a system that works best for your memory.

4: Making Sense of Memory

You will be amazed how much detail you can detect from your other senses. Blind and visually-impaired people organize their daily lives by using their senses to trigger memory. Information required to find something can be assisted by remembering the texture of a favorite dress or the particular scent of a store that acts as a fragrant guide to the shop next door.

Listening to traffic can help to locate the correct bus stop or a barking dog can remind you to take a wide birth around the low over-hanging branches just by his gate.

5: Mind Your Language

Some of us find it difficult to remember people’s names but when you can’t rely on your eyesight to give you visual clues, you can train your memory to notice any patterns in people’s names or listen to an accent that will clue you into who it is next time you meet.

The more you can repeat words, even putting words to popular tunes (as I did when studying the top 20 elements in chemistry to an ABBA song), you will find recalling important information much easier when using creative repetition.

So, when your ability has to switch from scanning with your eyes to relying on your physical and mental senses, don’t forget to open your memory app as a way to recall information without having to see things again.

Remember: you can train your multi-sensory mobile operating system (otherwise known as your memory) to take note with your invisible message pad and make life with vision loss an efficient way to function.

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