Why even superheroes need a break sometimes
It can be difficult to wind down after a hard day’s work, whether it be fighting crime or studying with InterHigh. Having breaks and down-time is just as important as focussing on your study. It allows your brain to absorb new information and get ready for the next study session. It may seem like the best way to get more work done is to keep studying, but often you will find that you become more efficient and get better results when you take breaks.
There are lots of recommendations online on how to structure your time. Ultimately, you need to find what might work for you. However, the Tomato Timer is a tool you can use to schedule 25-minute study sessions, with short or long breaks. By setting these timers, it will help keep you focussed during study time whilst ensuring you don’t end up spending too long having a break.
Doing an activity during your study break will help you take your mind off whatever it is you are working on, whilst keeping your mind productive. If you struggle to get back into your study after the activity, it may be best to try out something different and find the right one for you.
Our top 5 activity suggestions for a super student’s study break:
- Gentle exercise
- We’re not suggesting you run a marathon in between studying, but just getting out for a short walk will allow you to get some fresh air, stretch your legs and take yourself out of your study environment.
- Taking 10 minutes to mediate will help you reset your mind and take away any built-up stress. There are lots of free apps you can use, such as Headspace and Mindfulness, or simply set a timer and focus on deep breaths.
- Creative hobby
- If you play an instrument, enjoy drawing, painting, or crafting, a study-break can be an excellent opportunity to get creative. You will be able to focus entirely on your project, without feeling any stress or pressure. This will reenergise you and ensure you’re ready to tackle your next task.
- Tidy up
- This may seem like another task, but using your down-time to reset where you are working will help you take control of the physical space you are studying in and therefore take control of the task at hand. You will feel motivated to continue, rather than overwhelmed by a messy desk.
- Take a quick nap
- Studying is tiring and not to be underestimated. You may be sitting still for long periods of time, but your brain is hard at work and may need a rest. Listen to your body, and if you are feeling exhausted, a short nap may be the pick me up you need. Be careful not to sleep too long, or you may end up waking up more tired!
Fun Fact: Einstein famously was a big fan of daily 20-minute naps, to keep his mind sharp.
We’d love to hear some of your recommendations of what you like to do in your breaks! Get in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and let us know!