We’ve all been there; revision is going well and it’s time for a ten-minute break as a reward for your hard work – you deserve it. Before you know it, hours of mindless scrolling have passed, your Instagram feed says “you’re all caught up” and you’re several episodes-deep in a new Netflix series. Study breaks don’t have to break your flow. Check out our top 7 study break ideas that’ll get you refreshed and re-energised, ready to get back to the books.
1. De-clutter your desk
It can be difficult to focus amidst chaos, so try using your break to reset your study space. If your desk is covered in magazines, unpaid bills, empty coffee cups, food wrappers and perhaps the odd rubik’s cube, it’ll make it more difficult to focus on the task at hand. Clear your desk on your next study break, so you can return to studies with a clear mind.
2. Walk your dog
When you’re stuck on a topic or struggling to focus, try leaving your phone at home and getting some fresh air with your four-legged friend. Being outdoors will help you get back on track and interactions with your pets are well known to reduce stress levels. Be sure to avoid busy dog parks and stick to social distancing guidelines.
3. Get up and move
You don’t need a four-legged friend to benefit from getting your step count up. Going outside and doing some exercise can provide the perfect solution if you experience the dreaded “writer’s block” or you just need to get away from your desk. Going for a run, jog or walk can be a great way to clear your head and get in the right frame of mind for studying. If physical activity isn’t your thing, take your cuppa to the backyard and soak up some rays to help rejuvenate before you get back to your online study.
4. Bake for your buddies
When you’re looking for a more substantial study break but don’t want to fall down a social media rabbit hole, why not try some baking? Whipping up some treats in the kitchen can be therapeutic and help combat exam anxiety plus you’ll have plenty of study snacks to share with your family, housemates, or whoever you are home with.
5. Have a jam
If physical activity isn’t your thing, why not try a creative outlet to break up your study rigour. If you play an instrument, having a jam is a fantastic way to blow off some steam and help you get reinvigorated for revision. Even if you don’t play an instrument, why not dig out that old recorder from your primary school days and have a jam sesh!
6. Spice up your study content
If the journal articles you need to read aren’t making sense, or you're struggling to focus on your textbook, try broadening your understanding of a topic on your study break. Looking for YouTube videos, newspaper articles or Podcasts which relate to your chosen topics provide a super productive study break and can help get you in the groove to tackle your course work.
7. Stay social
When studying from home, there’s a greater temptation to stretch out tasks and procrastinate but it’s important to know when to call it quits. Be sure to stick to your normal uni timetable and study times; then make the most of your downtime to connect with friends using free social apps like HouseParty or Zoom.