It's Okay to Take a Break

By: Alyssa Uribe, SDSU Chapter Member

Taking summer classes or studying for standardized exams? We know some of you troopers are doing both. Using summer breaks to get ahead on studies is typical for most STEM students. As consistent workloads from the semester carry on into summer, it might seem impossible to get a break. You may not have multiple hours a day to do what you please, but you can take 10 - 30 minutes between subjects to take a step back and relax!

 

During my study breaks, I try to stay away from my phone, Netflix, or any activities that can cause me to lose track of time. Here are a few ways I have been using my mid-day study breaks. 

 

  1. Meditate 

  2. Stretch and yoga  

  3. Sit outside for a snack 

  4. Workout 

  5. Go on a neighborhood run 

  6. Take a drive 

  7. Grab a coffee 

  8. Cook a meal or bake a dessert 

  9. Listen to music or podcasts

  10. Facetime friends

  11. Practice another language 

  12. Sudoku or crossword 

  13. Read a chapter from your current book of interest

 

So, next time you have a few minutes, try out one of these tips and remember- life is about balance! Taking a break from studying is just as important as studying itself!

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