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11 Ways to Take a Break During Finals
December 13, 2017
Finals week can be full of stress, studying, and not much sleep. Here are a few things you can do to take a quick break from studying.
1. Coffee run. Caffeine is what fuels long days of studying for most students, so take a few minutes to make a fresh pot or hit the local coffee shop.
2. Read a chapter. Flipping through your textbooks for long periods of time can be boring eventually. Pick up your favorite novel and read a chapter just for fun to get away from your homework.
3. Color a page. Pages and pages of notes from classes can all look the same after a while. Print out a fun coloring page and grab some crayons for a little stress relief.
4. Text your mom. Finals week is hard. But it’s nice to be reminded of home that awaits when break finally arrives. And your parents will be grateful for any call that they get.
5. Watch a quick episode. Hitting the books all day can be hard. Take a break by watching a 20 minute sitcom episode and give yourself a chance to laugh.
6. Move around. Try taking a quick stroll around the library, or ride your bike around campus, or hit the gym. Moving your body may stimulate your mind when you head back to your studies.
7. Talk to someone. Make sure that you don’t bury yourself so fully into studying that you don’t take time to interact with people. Schedule time for you and your roommate to get coffee, or lunch with your best friend.
8. Listen to your favorite album. Though most students study with some kind of music, it’s easy to just let it become background noise. So take a few minutes to just sit and actually listen to your favorite artist.
9. Walk a dog. When I was a student, some friends and I would go volunteer at a local adoption shelters. Sometimes there are too many dogs and not enough workers to walk all of the dogs every day. So volunteer your help, and get to play with cute dogs at the same time.
10. Take a power nap. The most important part of this is actually having the self-control to not just stay in bed. While you can’t ignore your homework, there is research that shows short, half-hour power naps can help to invigorate your mind and help your memory as well.
11. Play a game. Staring down at your books all day will take a toll on your neck and other muscles. So stretch out and spend five minutes playing a mindless game app before you head back to the never-ending cycle of reviewing notes.
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