Guess what today is? If you answered Thursday, you are correct, but this Thursday is important for a few reasons. Today marks one week from me moving home, one week from my last final exam, and one week from the end of my second year in college! It’s crazy to me how quickly college is going by, and I’m actually quite sad about how fast the days are going. I’m heading to Starbucks soon to study with a friend, partly because I have a coffee addiction, and partly because it’s getting close enough to finals that everyone in the English-speaking world is holed up in the library. As I begin my intense, crazy, relentless days of studying, though, I am thinking about breaks. I am the type of person who has to take breaks every hour while I study because otherwise I become a stressed out, emotional, unable to retain anything person. I also get hungry and grouchy, but that’s beside the point. So, in light of studying and breaking and all that jazz, I thought I would share my favorite four study breaks with you!
First, try painting your nails as a way to de-stress and gain a little motivation to keep studying. I’m so OCD that I actually have trouble concentrating if my nails are chipped, so I will take twenty minutes or so to paint my nails before book my textbook back up.
Second, I will be utilizing this break as much as possible this week because I have yet to start packing, and as I look at the stuff in my room, I know its going to take me a while. Not only do I bring a ton of stuff with me in August, but I also acquire SO much stuff throughout the year. Packing will give you incentive to keep studying so you can be done, but will also help you get that much closer to leaving!
Third, two days ago one of my best friends walked into my room looking stressed out of her mind and asked, “Anyone up for a run? I need to move or I’m going to explode.” Let’s just say runs can relieve stress, they can get your endorphins moving, and they make you feel way calmer so you can study without having any anxiety.
Last but not least, we have one of my personal favorite study breaks! Starbucks with friends, of course. My friends and I always ask each other to go grab some kind of coffee drink because we need the caffeine, we need to talk and laugh for a bit, and we need to do something other than stare at a semester’s worth of school work.
How do you study for classes?