Have you ever studying for hours on end only to realize you can’t remember what you read a minute ago? Do you need to start studying, but you can’t stand the thought of sitting down to work? You are probably experiencing study burn out. Taking a break is the most important thing you can do to break through study burn out.
More time studying is not necessarily the only answer to preparing well for an exam. Quality time studying will be more helpful than quantity. Our brains, like our muscles, can become fatigued. Studying requires cognitive function and focus. Brains get tired, but often we keep on pushing ourselves. Studying will be more productive when you take a break instead of pushing yourself.
An article from Entrepreneur explains that scientists have found that taking a break every 90 minutes is the best “rest-activity cycle”. Other scientists have found that the brain maxes out around three hours. If you are working beyond what your brain can handle, you won’t be accomplishing anything.
When you take a break make smart choices about how to spend your break time. Taking a walk will reenergize your body and allow your brain to relax. Walking helps relieve stress and time outdoors can improve focus and memory function. If you get energy from spending time with people, take a coffee break with friends or meet someone for lunch.
Don’t ignore your body’s need for nutrition. Take a break to make a healthy snack. This will give you energy and boost your brainpower.
Make time to spend several hours on a weekend recharging. Play a sport outside, go for a hike, sleep in, cook with your family or play games with friends. Spending a few hours winding down and relaxing will help you feel ready to tackle your heavy load in the coming week.
Both short breaks while you are studying and longer mental breaks will help ward off study burn out. Breaks will make your time studying more productive and you will be happier and less stressed while you are studying. Don’t let anyone let you feel like you aren’t working hard enough when you take a break. You’re taking care of your most valuable tool: your brain..