It’s that time of year again! Finals are here, and everyone knows the best part about studying is the breaks you take. Many people, myself included, tend to take the term “break” to the extreme, and then we find out that the 4-hour Netflix binge may have been somewhat counterproductive. Here are some ways to take a study break to re-energize while still staying on-task.
Make a Creative Study Schedule
Sometimes even the illusion of productivity can be enough to get the momentum going. Drawing out a study schedule will help you manage your time while also exercising some creativity. The right-side brain tends to get a little antsy if its not allowed to do what it does best. So, get out the magic markers, sharpies, and a fresh sheet of paper, because you’re about to doodle the heck out of this schedule.
Stretch it Out
Stretching can be a great way to relieve stress and anxiety. Just sitting in a chair, hunched over a laptop or textbook can cause major back, neck, and other body pains. When we sit for hours in the same rigid position, it takes a toll on our physical wellbeing. A good way to combat this is to take regular stretch breaks while studying. These stretches don’t have to be anything fancy. There are also some simple yoga poses that help to relieve stress. See the photos below for some ideas.
Make a fun snack
Another great way to take a break from studying is to treat ‘yoself, and make a fun, yummy snack. My suggestion is dirt cups. This delicious dessert only takes 30 minutes to whip up and guarantees happiness. Check out this recipe, pull your roommates from their textbooks, and get going!
All you need is: Oreo cookies, chocolate instant pudding, milk, Cool Whip, and Gummy worms
Check in with a friend
The great thing about college is that your friends are usually very close by. And, because finals week hits everyone like a truck, they will be overjoyed to see you. Even if your friend doesn’t live nearby, you can FaceTime or Skype them. A friendly face during a stressful situation is one of the best things to find, and it will benefit the both of you. This can be the happiest of distractions, but make sure to keep it short so you don’t get behind on studying.
Take a 30-minute power nap
KEY PHRASE: 30-MINUTE. According to the National Sleep Foundation, short naps can restore alertness, enhance performance, and reduce mistakes and accidents. Basically, if science says naps are good, then naps are good. A short nap between study sessions can be very beneficial in revitalizing your mind and body. You just have to make sure you set an alarm (or 5). If you oversleep, it can have the opposite effect and you may feel more tired than before you fell asleep. It’s going to be hard waking up, but it’s worth it for sure.