i think something that is really good for breaks is to use it as a time for exercise. for me it works really well because sometimes when i need to sit down and write a paper i get antsy and not really in the mood to do my work but if i go exercise during my breaks it helps me to focus more on my work when i get back to it and im not as antsy because of the little bit of fatigue i feel from my workout. all of those other things to do during breaks are all really good ideas too!
i should incorporate a small exercise study break--every other study break becomes a stall tactic instead--even my lovely jigsaw puzzles, i'll find myself at that table for hours if i don't watch it.
hmm...just gotta get back into the groove somehow. otherwise, my pot of half-caff coffee, and all the hot decaf teabags i can stand will help me write and work--with my plushy Yoshi slippers, too, of course.
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These are all really great ideas! My favorite are dance breaks: I have playlists of different lengths set up on iTunes with dance music (so I have a few 10 minutes, a 15 min, a 30 min, etc.) so that if I have time (and my roommate's out) I can turn up the music and get in my exercise for the day! Though I try to go running, it's a lot more fun to have impromptu dance parties.
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My mini study breaks i try to make productive so I feel good and motivated. I'll go take out the trash or unload the dishwasher, clean out my purse or any other little thing. I do it that way because I have a million little things like that always nagging and me and increasing my stress. If I chip at them in between study sessions I feel SO relieved and able to relax a little bit.
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Luckily, the major I'm in (public relations and journalism) isn't nearly as stressful as music education, which was what I was in last year. But there are always those evenings, weekends, or weeks where it feels like you're studying/writing papers nonstop. The way I work best is if I work in 30 minute chunks, taking 10 minute breaks between each chunk, then every 2 or 3 hours, I take a half-hour break. I like my study breaks to not involve screens (TV, computer, etc.) or reading/writing, because that's what my work is based on.
So for short, 10-minute breaks, I have: 1. Listen to music 2. Meditate 3. Walk around my dorm building 4. Stretch and do ballet positions 5. Call my parents 6. Clean my room a little
30-minute breaks: 1. Take a shower 2. Eat a meal with friends 3. Take a walk 4. Go for a run 5. Take a nap if I need it 6. Clean room a lot
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