Six top tips for an energising study break!

August 12, 2018

 

 

If you’re familiar with that awful, sluggish feeling you get from long periods of studying in the one spot, then read on - this is for you! Getting up and getting moving is one of the best ways to break boredom and ensure that you will be refreshed and ready to concentrate by the end. We've got six top tips for you to make the most of your study break!

 

Tip 1: Salute the sun

Yoga is not just for the latte-sipping, Lulu Lemon-wearing young urban professionals, it is for everyone and the best part is, it can be done anywhere! If you aren’t familiar with sun salutations, or a quick vinyasa flow, there are plenty of free tutorials online and on Youtube that can help you.

 

By taking just ten minutes to stretch out and switch off your mind, you can substantially enhance your brain function and energy levels[1]. If you’re feeling stressed, try taking five minutes at the end of your yoga practice to be mindful of your breathing. This mindfulness can help bring your mind back into focus on the important things.

 

Tip 2: Spend some time with your pet!

If you have a pet, spend some time with it during your breaks! The happy endorphins you get from patting a dog or cat can lift your mood[2] and can even boost your immune system. If you have a dog, taking them for a quick walk is a perfect way to get some fresh air and get yourself moving.

 

Tip 3: Make yourself a 'cuppa'

This is possibly the king of all study break ideas in terms of its effort rating. Stopping every couple of hours (or more frequently if you’re like me and require a hot beverage at all times when studying) may just be the key to productivity. There is no disputing the soothing effects making a hot drink, whether it be tea, coffee of a hot chocolate, can have in terms of replenishing your brain power and will to study.

 

Tip 4: Always make time for a lunch break

Even if you can’t take a full lunch break, make sure give yourself some kind of switch off time. A walk around the block, a quick workout and a healthy meal are important elements in keeping you energised and refreshed for an afternoon of work.

 

Tip    5: Stand up Study

If you don’t have the time to take an active study break, try switching to a standing desk. Standing up whilst you work can reduce the risk of heart disease, ease back pain, lower your blood glucose levels and improve your mood. If you don’t have a standing desk, try using a kitchen bench or some other elevated surface to take a break from sitting.

 

Tip    6: Get outdoorsy

Fresh air and the great outdoors are always great to break up the monotony of studying indoors. Spend 20 minutes watering plants, tending the garden, or sitting in the sunshine. Fresh oxygen increases energy in about 90% of people[3].

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-09-yoga-meditation-brain-function-energy.html

[2] https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/2015/01/12/your-brain-pets/geoJHAfFHxrwNS4OgWb7sO/story.html

[3] https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/2015/01/12/your-brain-pets/geoJHAfFHxrwNS4OgWb7sO/story.html

 

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