The 5 secrets to get more concentration and be smarter
Can a pill really make us all smarter? For many this happens but before that try these 5 tips.
5. Change things up.
The fastest way to get your brain to sit up and pay attention is to change things up on the regular.
It’s no secret that humans love routine. We don’t particularly like change. It’s stressful and it can upset our ability to complete day-to-day tasks. But this causes us, and in particular, our brains to become comfortable and passive.
And as we know, progress rarely happens when you’re stuck in your comfort zone.
But by switching things up, you force your brain to think about what you’re doing.
For example, you could walk a different route to work, or you could try new apps on your phone, or you could even try brushing your teeth with your opposite hand
Every time you force yourself to make a change, you encourage your brain to make new connections (this is called neuroplasticity).
When you’re stuck in your day-to-day routines, your brain remains on idle, and no new connections are formed.
But by changing your habits daily, even for small tasks, you force your brain to pay attention and learn.
New experiences have health benefits, too.
4. Practice mindfulness to make smarter decisions.
According to Psychology Today, "researchers found that a brief period of mindfulness allowed people to make more rational decisions by considering the information available in the present moment, which led to more positive outcomes in the future."
Steve Jobs practiced a form of mindfulness meditation that's taught in schools of Zen and martial arts. Interestingly, it wasn't until decades later that researchers at Wharton confirmed the technique's effectiveness..
3. Hand-write your notes to better organize your thoughts.
According to research conducted at Princeton and UCLA, "compared with those who type their notes, people who write them out in longhand appear to learn better, retain information longer, and more readily grasp new ideas."
The world's richest man, Carlos Slim, for example, keeps track of his huge business empire using handwritten notes, which he keeps in a series of meticulously cross-referenced journals.
2. Drink caffeinated beverages to augment general brain function.
According to neuroscience studies funded by the National Institutes of Health, caffeine blocks Adenosine, an inhibitory neurotransmitter, while increasing the release of two other neurotransmitters, dopamine and norepinephrine.
This stimulates the mind to think more clearly, according to Popular Science magazine. "Many controlled trials have examined the effects of caffeine on the brain, demonstrating that caffeine can improve mood, reaction time, memory, vigilance and general cognitive function."
1. Eat something different.
Don’t just try new foods because you are bored with chicken and rice, try new foods because it brings your brain to life!
When you experience new food and eat better, your brain works better. It turns out that taking care of yourself is a great way to take care of your brain power that can make you a smarter human being.
Furthermore, there are certain “brain foods” that can keep your brain healthy. These include the following:
Green, leafy vegetables: Leafy greens like kale, collards, and broccoli have been shown to slow cognitive decline. They have brain-healthy nutrients vitamin K, lutein, folate and beta carotene.
Fatty fish: These are abundant in omega-3 fatty acids, and these have been linked to lower blood levels of beta-amyloid – the protein that forms damaging clumps in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease.
Berries: A study published in the Annals of Neurology found that women who ate consumed 2 or more servings of blueberries each week reduced memory decline by up to 2 and a half years.
Tea and coffee: Coffee lovers rejoice! The caffeine consumption might do more for you than waking you up and giving you a short concentration boost. According to a 2014 study published in The Journal of Nutrition, participants with higher caffeine consumption scored better on tests of cognitive function.
Walnuts: We know that nuts are great sources of protein and healthy fats, but there is one nut, in particular, that might improve cognitive performance: walnuts. Walnuts have a type of omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which helps lower blood pressure and protects arteries.