It is easy to burn yourself out while studying – spending hours working on an assignment or project without rest. Taking regular breaks can help to prevent study fatigue and keep you focused.
These breaks allow you to refresh your mind and improve creativity, as well as helping you to maintain your attention and regain your motivation.
One of the most common mistakes students make when taking a break from their studies is letting the break run too long. Having breaks that are 15–20 minutes long is ideal but try to avoid them going for longer than that, as you will be more likely lose the motivation to return to your studies.
Timers can be a useful tool to help prevent you from over extending your break.
Sitting at your desk for hours can be a strain on your body, leading to stiffness and tiredness. Exercising during your study breaks is an ideal way to prevent your body from becoming tired and sore.
Stretching or taking a short walk will help get your blood flowing and re-energise you in the process. Getting out in the fresh air can help to clear your head and improve your mental well-being as well.
Power naps offer an amazing (and relaxing) way to improve your productivity. You should aim for a 15–20 minute power nap, which will help to make you more alert, reduce stress and improve cognitive function. However, if you nap for too long you will run the risk of sleep inertia, leaving you feeling disoriented and drowsy, so make sure to set your alarm.
Performing a different task can often feel like a break because, depending on the task, you might be using different parts of your brain. These tasks can include tidying your study space or doing some errands around the house, though if you are pressed for time, tackling a different study task can achieve the same effect while also allowing you to work towards completing the overall task.
Taking breaks while studying is very important. Your brain needs rest. As we know when we do a lot of exercise our body gets tired, in the same way our brain also gets tired. Giving small breaks help regain its stamina back and we are able to study better.
These small things make a big difference. This is how toppers are able to score better. Taking an adequate amount of breaks helps you to learn and understand things better.
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