Brain Hacks That Instantly Make You Smarter

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We’d all like to be a little smarter. Having a big brain makes it easier to navigate through life, understand the world, and make good decisions. 

The current popular perception, however, is that you’re stuck with the brain you’ve got. You can’t do much to make yourself smarter. That’s life. 

Intellect, however, isn’t the same as height or your facial features. It is more malleable. While you probably won’t become the next Einstein, there are many things that you can do to improve your cognition on a daily basis. 

Get Into A Proper Sleeping Pattern

Our bodies run on a natural circadian rhythm, telling us when to eat, sleep, be active, and have sex. It’s something that evolution baked into us and the species that came before us to maximize our chances of survival. 

We have big brains that think for themselves, so we are able to override our body clocks whenever we choose. When we do this, though, it puts the brain at a disadvantage, throwing off its timings. The less sleep we have or the more caffeine we drink, the less able the brain is to get the rest that it needs at night, leading to lower performance. 

Use Mindful Exercise

Many people have started using yoga for concentration. While yoga has a range of proven benefits, such as balance and relaxation, there’s now growing evidence that it can help you focus on the task at hand. Yoga, therefore, is ideal for anyone who has ADD and needs a little extra support. 

Start Speed Reading

Thanks to the internet, the world is awash with information. There’s now more material out there than any could reasonably be expected to absorb over the course of a lifetime. 

Speed reading, therefore, is becoming more critical. People aren’t reading every single word and sentence anymore. Instead, they’re skimming over the text, looking for nuggets of information here and there that they can extract. 

Rewire The Emotional Centre Of Your Brain

When people are depressed, stressed, anxious or miserable, they can’t think as well as when they are happy. 

Meditation, therefore, is a great way to improve your cognition. It helps you to overcome the psychological challenges that you face, helping to rewire the emotional centre of your brain. 

Use Herbal Nootropics

Nootropics are natural foods that help to improve cognition. 

One of the most well-known examples is rosemary. Research shows that people who consume the herb can think more clearly and have better memories. 

Do Something New

The human brain depends heavily on novelty to keep it stimulated and learning. Unfortunately, many of us live routine-filled lives where things are pretty much the same from one day to the next. 

It’s essential to do something new from time to time. Try visiting a new place or learning a new skill. Look for opportunities to try something different once per month. Stop watching TV in the evenings and get out there in the wider world. You’ll be amazed at what’s out there for you to explore. 

Image by Colin Behrens from Pixabay 

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