Hilary R ('19)
Quick activities to do when taking a break from homework.
We’ve all been there; struggling to finish the last pages of the math homework or making america reading or cramming our outline for our shakespeare paper. Our brain is slowly shutting down but we tell ourselves to stick with it because we dread the possibility of going to bed later than what we promised ourselves we would earlier.
Take a breath and realize, you need to take a break.
Breaks are necessary and critical to staying focused and engaged in your work. You should also explore the various distraction free apps that are on every Urban students computer.
Here are some activities that you should and should not do when you’re struggling to recalibrate your brain during homework.
1. Have a dance party in your room!
This is super easy. Get up from your chair, play a song or two that you can dance around your room to. You could even create a playlist (or follow one on HIPEs’ spotify) that includes all of your fave music that you know will get you out of your chair and onto the dancefloor in your room. If you have a playlist, if you put it on shuffle, anytime you take a break you will listen to a new song so that you don’t get bored with your personal dance party.
2. Get a snack!
Even just the process of getting up and walking to the kitchen and back to your study spot is enough time for your brain to calibrate and reboot itself so that you can finish your study session
So maybe you aren’t in the mood to blast beyonce in the space that you are studying or aren’t able to. Take 2-3 min to just stretch. This will get the blood flowing throughout your body again if you have been sitting for a long time.
THINGS TO AVOID DOING:
1. Eat Junk Food
When you go for a snack, try to go for something that will keep your energy up instead of giving you a sugar high. The high levels of sugar or caffeine will cause your system to crash throughout your study session.
2. Staying in front of a screen
Try to distance yourself from technology when taking your break because the glare from the screen could make it difficult to break away from the cyber world and get back to your work.
We hope these tips help you during a future study sesh!
~ HIPE <3