It's final exam season. It's time to cram everything you learned in 4 months into a 2-4hr exam. How are you possibly going to remember everything? You should have started studying a lot sooner, but here you are, cramming it all in. You must be thinking, I can't spend my whole day at the library - I'll be bored. If you're like me, you have the attention span of a 3-year old.
So what do you need? You need study breaks. A time to forget about your classes for a little while and focus on refreshing your mind. Here are 6 study breaks that I find to be the most effective:
1) Hikes: If you're lucky enough to live in a place with a lot of trails and natural beauty, then take advantage of it. Go out and explore for a little bit, and take yourself away from reality. Turn off your data and truly appreciate what's right in front of you.
2) Power Nap: Sleep is crucial in a busy time like this. Make sure you are getting a good night's sleep - but if not, take a power nap! A 15 minute nap will leave you refreshed and ready to study productively for another few hours.
3) Have a Healthy Snack: A healthy snack will give you the nutrients and energy to study without being bored out of your mind or falling asleep. Also, who doesn't love eating?
4) Go to the Gym: This is closely related to hikes, but of course you're a lot more confined. Working out produces positive enzymes that'll once again give you the energy you so desperately need. It's also a great way to better yourself and improve your overall health.
5) Take a Shower: I don't know about everyone else, but a shower helps me clear my mind and "wash" away all my negative thoughts. It's a time for me to self-reflect and work on my awful singing.
6) Get a Coffee/Tea with Friends: Socializing after isolating yourself for a while will make you feel so much better. It's a time to escape from your studies and talk about things that won't actually stress you out.
If all else fails, take a deep breath and suck it up. You're almost done, and then FREEDOM aka summer. You can get through it!
Let me know what you like to do on your study breaks in the comments!