Everyone want to be smart, but you can’t boost your IQ overnight. Integrating new habits into your regular routine and providing proper stimulation can sharpen your intellect quickly and leave you inspired to take on new challenges each day. These simple life hacks can make you little smarter every day.
- Feed your brain with the right nutrition.
Your brain is an engine, and needs the right fuel. A healthy diet is crucial to thinking clearly and making decisions. Make sure to cover the basics: whole foods, vegetables, and lean meats. Try to eliminate as many processed foods and added sugars as possible.
If you want to be smarter, meditation is the quickest way of doing that. It helps rewire the brain, removing negative associations and helping you become more aware of the thoughts and emotions that guide your day-to-day behavior.
- Regularly change your environment.
As you’ve probably heard by now, “sitting is killing us.” And while there’s a kernel of truth to that statement, the true killer is monotony.
The common habit of resting on your couch and watching TV all day wastes your time as well as your brain.
Avoid this habit and instead invest your money in experiences that stimulate your creative juices. Travel more, and your mind will be opened by new cultures.
- Practice yoga.
When I just started my career, I was constantly tired and on the verge of burnout, feeling unmotivated and groggy. This was despite the fact that I ate fairly healthy and regularly hit the gym.
A friend recommended that I take a yoga class, saying that the added flexibility and breathing exercises would help my body relax and get stronger simultaneously. Yoga workouts make me feel sharper, more focused, and more present with my friends and colleagues.
- Get social.
I like debating and analyzing ideas with other people because those conversations help me gain more knowledge and new perspectives.
People who socialized more in groups displayed higher levels of mental function than those who did not. The simple act of small talk actually boosted intelligence.
What are you doing to get smarter every day?