How to Not Stress about Studying

Studying for finals, finishing schoolwork, and preparing for holidays don’t seem to offer much time for rest, but science shows that people who take breaks for mental and physical health are happier overall. This year, look to incorporate some of these ideas for relaxation and refreshment into your holiday season. 

  1. Take a break. Sometimes a change of scenery is all you need to get your brain moving again. If you’re studying, avoid social media breaks but look for new study spots – mental. Change of scenery, go outside, listen to music. Avoid getting on social media. 
  2. Exercise. You don’t even have to go to the gym! Something as simple as a quick walk around the block will keep your blood flowing and energy up.
  3. Take a power nap. When schedules are busy, sleep is one of the things we are quick to sacrifice even though it is vital to our health. After a short night’s rest, a 10-15 minute power nap is the optimal amount of time to let your body recharge. 
  4. Drink lots of water. Dehydration causes headaches and tiredness, and excessive caffeine only makes it worse. Coffee is great, but make sure to balance it out with a glass of water.
  5. Make it fun! If you’re studying, set goals and rewards for yourself. Maybe 30 minutes of good studying gets you a break, or 10 memorized flashcards earn a snack. You’ll be prepared for your test and have something to look forward to!

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