Most students know how stressful and demanding it can be to study for an exam. We often find ourselves spending hour after hour in front of the computer studying and memorizing our notes. And sometimes it feels like the hours pass by and nothing gets done. At this point it is more than time to take a break from our studies. By taking a break you will provide your brain with new energy which will lead to more efficiency and creativity.

Why are breaks beneficial?

Taking regular breaks from your assignments can help you prevent study fatigue and keep you focused longer. It will allow you to freshen your mind and increase your creativity, as well as maintaining your attention and motivation. 

Here are 5 tips on how to make the most out of your breaks. 

  1. Duration 

Taking several shorter breaks is often more beneficial than a few longer ones since a longer break can decrease your motivation to return to your studies. One good pattern to follow is to take shorter breaks, between 5 to 15 minutes every hour, and a longer break every 2 to 4 hours, at least 30 minutes, depending on assignment and your own capacity. 

  1. Get up and move

Make sure to leave the computer during the breaks, regardless of the duration of the break. To sit still for too long can lead to stiffness and tiredness which will not help you to work efficiently. Stretching or walking will increase your blood flow and give you new energy. A good tip is to take the break outside for fresh air, it is invigorating and helps to improve mental well-being.

  1. Take a power nap

If you are feeling extra tired a power nap can be exactly what you need to regain your energy. Aim for a 15 to 20 minute power nap for maximum efficiency. This will offer a relaxing way to regain your productivity. Reducing stress and  improving cognitive function are some of the benefits of taking a shorter power nap. 

  1. Meditation 

Meditation has proven to be effective in reducing stress, controlling anxiety and improving mental health. There are tons of different types of meditation available, try different ones and find which one works best for you. 

  1. Change assignment

It is often that we have several assignments at one time. By changing to another task you can work other parts of your brain, making it possible to rest at the same time. Regardless of if you wanna tackle another assignment or run errands around your house the same effect will be achieved. 

Hopefully this post has given you some useful and valuable tips on how to make the most out of your breaks.  It is not lazy or inefficent to take a break during long study sessions – it is a necessity. Allow yourself to take breaks and improve your studies! 

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