Published: 22 April 2020
As exams approach and study mode is in full swing it can be difficult to give yourself permission to take some downtime away from studying. We shouldn’t feel guilty about taking breaks, with research showing that they are an essential part of any study plan.
So, here are five tips to help you make the most of your study:
Don’t leave it to chance. Breaks should be scheduled into your study plan for the day. Set a reminder for when to take them, and when to start back again to help you stay on track.
Breaks are not just about eating lunch, they are an important opportunity for your mind and body to take a break. If you can, pack a picnic and get outside into your garden or on your balcony for some fresh air and a change of scenery.
It is okay to have some quick social time during your break but try to also give yourself some time away from the screen throughout the day. You can easily lose track of time on social media and your break could be over before you know it! By stepping away from the phone you are likely to feel like you had a longer break and feel more refreshed coming back to study.
A quick 10-20-minute nap may help to prevent fatigue and improve academic focus. Set an alarm to avoid oversleeping or you could mess up your study plans for the day, and don’t nap too close to bedtime as this could disrupt your regular sleep cycle.
It is likely that your daily physical activity levels will be taking a hit without your daily commute and steps around campus. Use your breaks as a way to build up your activity throughout the day. Check out these tips on staying active at home and remember to break up long periods of sitting with micro breaks of periodic movement, ideally for 1-2 minutes every 30 minutes. This will help improve your level of comfort and limit the risk of musculoskeletal injuries.