Studying is not the only way you can learn new things and become smarter. To keep the brain stimulated, there are a variety of habits or activities that you can do on a daily basis. Increasing intellectual capacity has many benefits, and one of them is improving productivity. So, nourish your mind with the following habits:
Visit new places.
Whether it is a new country, a new city, or a place in your city that you have never been to before, visiting new places is a great way to stimulate the brain. It challenges you to develop a new perspective on the places you are used to.
Be selective with what you see on television and social networks.
Although they say that watching television (or videos on youtube) can harm the brain, it really depends on what you see. Try reducing reality shows. Choose documentaries or informational and educational programs. It is a fun and entertaining way to learn new things.
Learn new (or improve your) skills.
Exercising the brain helps keep you fit. Learning a new skill or improving your skills challenges your brain and keeps you smart.
You don’t have to write a novel. Journaling is enough to help practice and develop focus, creativity, and imagination. Writing also gives you an opportunity to practice expressing yourself more clearly.
Reading has always been considered one of the best ways to increase intelligence. Reading fiction can teach you about human emotions, which can help you better understand yourself and the other people in your life.
Don’t assume anything, and keep your mind and eyes open. The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge, and questioning and curiosity is the key to overcoming it.
Talk to people.
In addition to improving your communication skills, debating or analyzing ideas and concepts with other people gives you the opportunity to practice communicating effectively. This can help to learn more perspectives.
Listen to podcasts.
Listening to podcasts is one of the best ways to learn while doing other things. You can listen to podcasts while cooking, cleaning, exercising, etc.
Eat well and exercise your body.
While you take care of your mind, don’t neglect your body. Develop the discipline to do what you need to do in terms of diet, exercise, and sleep. Eat balanced and healthy food, do the exercise you like the most at least three times a week, and sleep 7 to 8 hours daily.
Think of new ways of doing old things.
Being innovative means making creativity more important than the fear of making mistakes. Even in the things you do every day, you can be inventive and experimental. Take risks, make mistakes, start again, get it right and so on until you reach the goal.