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10 great study break ideas

By bzbeth 08 May 2019

When you're at the peak of exams and deadlines, life is pretty stressful...

That's why you need to break off from your studies regularly to help you stay stress-free and sane.

First things first, if you ever feel overwhelmed and stressed, remind yourself that summer isn't far away! BUT before you start daydreaming about beer gardens, lazy days spent watching Netflix and fun days out with the family, let's get the revision done...

Long periods of studying aren't productive though so taking regular breaks is essential, however, this doesn't mean aimlessly scrolling on Facebook for half an hour! There are lots of fun and effective things you can do:

  1. Take an exercise class. This could be on campus or in your local area. Either way, doing some exercise will get those happy hormones pumping around your body. 

  2. Go for a walk. This could be into town to do some shopping, around campus or to your local park to get a bit of fresh air. 
  3. Relax. Take 30 mins to literally just chill out. Put your headphones in, listen to your favourite music and do some meditation or yoga - they're all proven to reduce stress.
  4. Call your friend/family member. Take some time out of your schedule to catch up with your best mate or your mum and let them know how you're doing and what you've been up to. 

  5. Listen to a podcast. Most podcasts are no longer than an hour so you can learn something new or interesting before starting work again or whilst working if you prefer to multi-task. 
  6. Watch a TED talk. Need some inspiration? A TED talk could be just what you need to pick you up and get you back on track; you have more than enough to choose from.
  7. Play a game. If you're the kind of person who prefers to study from home, if your flatmates are home, ask them if they fancy having a game of FIFA or even just cards. You could text your course friend and ask if they want to join your revision session and the game is just an added bonus!

  8. Book a treatment. This is worth booking in advance because it'll be cheaper and it gives you something to look forward to. Somethings like a massage, haircut or a nail appointment. When you look good, you feel good!
  9. Go out for lunch. Why not have a break and a treat at the same time? Stick to a budget or just go somewhere on CityWalsall and Telford campuses.
  10. Have a nap. Sometimes there is just nothing that a nap can't fix! If you're working from home, set an alarm for a 30-minute nap so that you can wake up energised and refreshed instead of groggy and lethargic.

Give some of these a try and we reckon that you'll feel much more relaxed and calm when you approach your next assignment or exam. Good luck!

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