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How to Take a Break from Work and Studying

Many students do not know how to take an effective break. This can lead to less efficient work (or no work at all). On the other hand, for the self-described “workaholics”, taking a break is out of the question. This only hurts a learner in the long run. This article will explore how to take the energising and relaxing breaks that the mind and body deserve.

Plan ahead

Just as a sensible learner approaches study with a plan in mind, laying out what to study and how much work needs to be done during the day, a student should also plan when to have a proper break. Planning breaks helps stop burn-out, helps focus study and saves time and energy. A good way to plan this is to have a 10 – 15 minutes break for every hour of study completed.

Walk away

You should never have your break surrounded by the piles of books, documents, and the workload that you have been staring at all day. A break should not be focused on the work you have just done but on resting your mind and body. Choose to take a short walk-around or even take a few moments to lie down.


A break is the perfect way to re-fuel and keep your energy levels high. Try to avoid too much coffee or energy drinks as this will lead quickly to energy crashes, fatigue and brain fog. Aim for a light snack that is filling such as fruit, nuts or shake and drink some water.


Sitting down for hours can lead to tiredness as the body remains in an inactive position and is thus less energised. A good short break would be to take a quick walk and stretch out arms and legs to get moving again. Taking a 30-minute break and filling it with exercise will take your mind off your work and has been shown to increase cognitive abilities such as retaining information and recalling information.

Remember your hobbies

Do not abandon your interests whilst studying or working intensely. Doing so leads to burnout and is very likely to decrease efficiency and the ability to work productively. Dedicate some time during the week specifically to do the activities you enjoy. This can be two hours on the weekend to go hiking, spending one hour in the evening playing your favourite sport or any kind of activity that gives you pleasure and makes you happy.

Be social

Generally speaking, most students study and work alone. This might involve long hours of solitude (unless you count textbooks and barely legible notes as great company). During this time, it is too easy to forget that there are people out there who appreciate you and like spending time with you. Your friends and family not only provide great emotional support but can help you avoid the temptation to use social media while you are working. If you are on lunch or a short break, take the opportunity to have a chat and spend time with friends and family.

Get some sleep

This is probably the most ignored tip by busy people, yet students jump quickly to skipping sleep to get more hours studying. Multiple studies have shown this is a poor strategy when considering long-term revision and more importantly, your health and well-being. Set a time for when to sleep and when to wake up so you have a guaranteed amount of sleep needed. Even when you are studying during the day, a quick nap (approximately 30 minutes to an hour) is a great way to relax your mind and re-energise yourself when you are about to study again.
Following these tips is like studying effectively – you need to plan. Be organised and be disciplined. A carefully planned break will provide more benefits to your studying and your well-being compared to an extra hour of studying. Go ahead and do not feel guilty when you need to take a break!

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