Let’s face it: the world is a pretty stressful place. Between work, family, and friends, it can be hard to find time to just relax and have fun. But taking time out of your busy day for self-care can actually help you be more productive in the long run! These simple habits in this video will help you stay on top of your game during stressful times.
1. Talk to your family and friends.
“I have a theory: talking to my family and friends is the key to my success,” says Sophia, who has been able to stay focused and complete her tasks every day. “It keeps me motivated, it makes me feel good about myself, and I learn things from them that I wouldn’t otherwise know.”
2. Use the Internet mindfully.
The internet is a great resource for learning new things, and for helping you with your work or studies. You can use the internet to learn any language, from Arabic to Zulu. You can also use it to help you with your hobbies, like knitting or flower arranging. If you want to learn more about animals, there’s an app that will tell you everything there is to know about them!
The internet is a great way of connecting with other people too! It’s easy to find someone who shares your interests—and if they don’t share your interests exactly, perhaps they’ll have some ideas about where else you could go looking for them?
3. Take notes by hand or on the computer.
When you take notes on a computer, you have to remember to type out words or phrases that aren’t in a standard font. When you’re trying to transcribe spoken material, this can be a hassle. Also, when you’re taking handwritten notes, it’s easier for your brain to process what’s happening in the moment. This means that your brain is free from having to do any heavy lifting—like deciding how many spaces should be between certain letters or words—and can focus entirely on learning and understanding what’s being taught in class.
4. Make time for exercise.
- Exercise is a major factor in maintaining brain health and memory.
- Research shows that exercise can increase the size of your hippocampus, which is the part of your brain responsible for long-term memory.
- The more fit you are, the more resilient to stress you’ll be and less likely to develop depression.
- When people think about getting motivated enough to start exercising, they imagine themselves running on a treadmill or lifting weights every day at 5 p.m., which makes them feel overwhelmed and discouraged from even beginning their workout routine (much less sticking with it). But there’s no need to feel intimidated by exercise—there are plenty of ways you can work out even if you only have 10 minutes per day! For example:
5. Drink coffee.
If you want to be smarter, drink coffee. Studies have shown that caffeine can improve your memory, help you focus, keep you awake and make you feel more alert.
Coffee does all of this because it’s a stimulant which increases blood flow to the brain and makes us more alert. It also causes us to release dopamine – the neurotransmitter responsible for making us feel happy!
6. Get enough sleep.
Understanding what it means to get enough sleep, it helps to know where your body is in the sleep cycle at any given time. We’ll start with a basic overview:
- You go through five stages of sleep during each 90-minute cycle (these cycles repeat throughout the night). The first phase is light sleep, followed by a phase of deep slumber. The third phase features rapid eye movement (REM), which is when you dream—this is when most people wake up. Then comes slow-wave or delta wave sleep, which is a deeper form of restorative rest that’s essential for muscle repair and memory consolidation. If you don’t get enough delta wave cycles each night, you may feel groggy and unable to focus during the day.
- Adults need between seven and nine hours of quality sleep per night; however, different people require different amounts based on their age and lifestyle factors such as stress levels and exercise habits. The National Sleep Foundation recommends establishing regular bedtime routines—such as reading until lights out—to help regulate your circadian rhythm so that you fall into an optimal sleeping pattern.*
7. Watch online educational videos.
Watching educational videos is one of the best ways to learn something new. You can find them on YouTube, Vimeo and other sites like that. They cover everything from learning a language to learning how to fix your car.
Here are some other great ways to watch educational videos:
- Learn a skill
- Learn a language
- Learn a subject (like history or science)
- Learn how to do something new, like make jewelry or cook a meal
8. Watch TED talks daily.
Watching TED talks daily will help you become smarter because they are short, entertaining and educational. They can be viewed from your computer or mobile device on the TED website or YouTube channel. They are also available on the TED app for iOS devices.
9. Watch a new episode of a show every day.
Watching a new episode of a show every day can help you improve your memory.
If you’re looking to get smarter, there’s no surer way than watching a new episode of whatever show happens to be airing on TV that day. Not only does this exercise improve your memory, but it also makes you more organized and productive! The benefits are endless!
10. Read voraciously.
Read voraciously. Reading is one habit that will keep your brain sharp and prevent you from losing your mind as you age. Reading any type of writing for at least 20 minutes a day can help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia by 50%, according to research conducted by Columbia University Medical Center.
All of these habits can help you learn something new in some way
Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, each of these habits can be used to help you learn something new. A beginner may use them as additional tools to help them learn how to code or create art, while an expert might use the same habits but with a different emphasis on self-development and improvement.
I hope these ten habits will help you to become smarter every day. Like I said above, this is not a comprehensive list of how to learn faster and better. There are hundreds of other things we could discuss here! However, the main point is that by taking the time to develop these habits and incorporate them into your daily routine, then it will make it easier for you to learn new things quickly than someone who doesn’t have these habits.