Brain Hacks (The Ultimate Guide + Image Quotes)

Training your brain to function at a higher level does not require a PhD or becoming a Buddhist monk. The three key steps are to feed your brain first, rewire your brain second, and challenge your brain third. If you want to impress the world in 2015, here are some brain hacks that will help you become smarter.

1. Feed your mind

This is the first and most important hack, because if your engine doesn't have enough fuel, it won't run as fast as it should. Little did the proponents of the low fat diet realize that fatty acids, particularly Omega 3's, power and upgrade our brains. Invest in good fats, such as coconut oil, almond butter, grass-fed beef, grass-fed butter, and wild-caught salmon. These healthy fats will provide your brain with the most energy possible.

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2. Restart your Circadian Clock

Nobody gets enough rest. However, by getting more sun and eating less sugar and caffeine, you can reset your circadian clock (your internal sleeping rhythm). By aligning yourself with the Sun's natural patterns, you will be able to rid your brain of the dreaded morning grog and evening insomnia. There are also numerous phone apps, such as Sleep Cycle, that monitor your sleep and assist you in determining when you enter the various stages of sleep. Then there's F.lux, which adjusts your monitor's settings to simulate an evening sunset to help you get ready for bed.

3. Exercise Sensitivity

Practicing awareness is a simple and effective way to improve your memory. This simply means concentrating on one person or task at a time. Is your boyfriend telling you about his day at work while you mentally tick off items on a grocery list? Take that five minutes instead to focus and be present; your significant other will appreciate it and eventually reciprocate, and you will also be able to quiet your mind. You must be the change you want to see in the world, according to a quote that I have come to live by.

4. Practice Yoga

When I was still working a desk job, no matter how much cardio I did or how many Paleo meals I ate, I felt tired, groggy, and unmotivated. Then I started doing hot yoga. This simple practice (I prefer YogAlign, a low-impact type of yoga) helps to stretch out the body, rewire your brain to work with your body, and gain a better perspective on being present and aware. The exercises assisted me in becoming rooted, in becoming more aware of how my body felt, and in determining which areas I needed to focus on. I quickly realized that the way I was sitting in my desk chair was causing my sluggishness and corrected it.

5. Master the Art of Speed Reading

Knowledge truly is power, but with so much information available, how can you possibly consume it all? Enter the concept of speed reading. It is possible to consume information and retain that data at nearly unfathomable speeds. Learning to speed read could be the ultimate game changer for the average person.

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6. Rewire your emotional system

Some of the smartest people I know could be even smarter and more productive if they didn't carry so much emotional baggage. Meditation is a method of rewiring your brain so that you no longer have negative associations and can unload the mental baggage that has been a burden in your life so that you can move on with your life. Yoga and meditation have helped me accept my failures and, as a result, myself in my personal life.

7. Take a pen and paper and jot it down

There is something to be said for actually writing something down. Personally, I find that writing things down helps me remember them much better than jotting them down on my phone. When you take the act of writing out your thoughts with your own hand, the brain-body connection is strong.

8. Listen to Classical Music

The greats jam out to Beethoven or Bog Seger for a reason – it fires up those neurons. Classical music has the ability to reduce stress, pain, seizures, and can even aid in the treatment of insomnia.

9. Try something different

Oh, monotony, you are the slayer of creativity. A 9-5 job combined with a habit of sinking onto the couch and binge-watching Netflix results in a life and brain that is squandered. Cancel Netflix and put the money toward that cookbook you've always wanted. Learning a new skill, such as Mediterranean cooking, is not only good for your brain, but it is also good for your life because it allows you to invest in a new skill.

ten. repeat

This is the theory: if you do something enough times and for a long enough period of time, it will become habit. I've recently started a morning ritual of reading my favorite blogs before doing any work. I visit Bloglovin' and read Paleo Newbie, Reason, and Intelligent Travel. Every day, I learn something new thanks to this habit! I can't tell you how many times this repeated action has benefited me.

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