You may have stayed up all night once in your lifetime, thinking of how you can become intelligent or smarter, not necessarily because people called you dull but because you want to be that person. But first, before raising your IQ, you should know what IQ is. Literally.
Intelligence Quotient, is a measure of a person’s reasoning ability. In short, it is supposed to gauge how well someone can use information and logic to answer questions or make predictions.
Since you are interested in raising your IQ, here are a few tips to follow –
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1. Do things differently each day
Sometimes you just have to be spontaneous in life. Do things all of a sudden. Break your routine! You don’t have to bath before you eat. Try eating before you bath. Challenge your brain to form new connections and pathways by doing the things you normally do on autopilot differently. Brush your teeth with your non-dominant hand. Walk around as if you’re going backwards through time. Talk to yourself in a different language. Whatever you can do to mix it up, do it!
2. Read more
Genetics aside, education is a big factor contributing to your IQ. Try reading up on the sciences, such as mathematics and physics. Sciences increase your understanding of the world, which in turn improves comprehension, vocabulary, spatial and mathematical abilities, and logic.
3. Take the tests again
There are a lot of IQ tests that you can hop on for free on the internet. And you have to take it as serious as your physics test which you took over and over in order to leave grade 11. Therefore, the more you take it, the better you’ll do.
4. Teach yourself something new
Actively learning new things helps your brain learn and may help you make connections that before were not possible. Inculcate that spirit of Philosophy. That spirit of wanting to know more. Only then will you actually know more. Learning a new skill such as how to play chess or lacrosse, how to juggle, or anything you’ve never done before for that matter – may help your brain in ways you never even dreamed of.
5. Get new experiences
Getting new experiences doesn’t necessarily mean traveling to a whole different land to experience stuff, which obviously requires a lot of money. When you do the same thing day in and day out, the brain sort of goes on autopilot. It stops taking in stimuli, comfortable in its surroundings. When you have new experiences though, the brain wakes up and takes it all in, revving up for a change. Even just visiting a new place or trying a new food is a good experience. You’re widening your knowledge, making yourself better informed for future decisions.
Much research has shown that not only is meditating good for stress levels and mood, but it’s also good for brain functioning. It has been shown to improve blood flow to the brain, patience, concentration, and memory. And it’s totally relaxing, too.
7. Sleep when your brain actually wants it.
There is no award given to those who stay up all night to work for money or study. Sleep when your brain actually wants it. Do not fight sleep when you are in a good position to sleep. Come on, you have all day to work and study, and if God dedicated nighttime to sleep, shouldn’t you be sleeping? Consistent inadequate sleep also prevents your brain from developing to its full potential, and can lead to various mental and physical illnesses down the line.