The Perfect Study Break Activity For Your Zodiac Sign

Whether or you are approaching midterms or finals, it seems like the amount of work we have to do is never-ending. If you’re anything like me, you tend to get a bit overwhelmed by studying or you tend to study too hard and  too long, so  that you  actually forget the information that you can’t retain anything. Here are a few ideas for what to do that, according to your zodiac sign, when you find yourself needing a brain break. 

Aries: Watch TV

While I don’t believe in wasting the day watching TV, there’s nothing wrong with watching in moderation. Make sure it’s something fun and lighthearted like your favorite episode of your favorite show. After all, Aries have a great sense of humor, so it would make sense for them to sit down and watch a sit-com. I wouldn’t watch more than two episodes, though, because it’s easy to get caught off guard and forget that you’re supposed to be studying, too. 

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Taurus: Watch a movie 

Along the same lines of Aries watching TV, it’s a good idea for Tauruses to watch a movie. Most movies don’t run longer than three hours, so you can watch it and then go back to studying. Rom-coms or Disney movies will usually do the trick, but it doesn’t matter as long as it’s a movie that you enjoy. Tauruses are extremely motivated people! Because of that, it can be easy to get so motivated and concentrated on what you’re doing that you don’t give yourself a break. You may even want to watch a movie with characters as motivated as you are! Some examples include Hermione Granger from Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games, Moana from Moana and Mulan from Mulan

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Gemini: Read for fun 

Even though most people are reading chapters from their textbook while studying, the reading I’m suggesting is the fun type of reading. Depending on what type of readers you are, you can either read whatever non-school book you’re reading at the moment, some Her Campus articles or your favorite magazine. Regardless of what you choose to read, as long as it has nothing to do with the content you’re reading for classes, it’s good.  According to a study done by San Houston State University, reading for pleasure builds reading comprehension, increases background knowledge, increases student vocabulary skills and helps to empathize with others. Gemini is a sign that loves adventure! What’s a better adventure than sitting down and getting lost in a good book? 

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Cancer: Eat a snack

I know plenty of people, myself included, that get so caught up in studying that they forget to eat. That’s actually counterproductive to your studying because if you don’t eat, you’ll get tired and you won’t remember what you need to for the exam. Cancers are always trying to take care of other people and check up on those around them. However, what you need to remember, Cancer, is that you need to take care of yourself and check up on yourself too. When it comes to my eating schedule, I typically snack throughout the day every 45 minutes and then eat one big meal. By doing that, I don’t feel extremely bloated or overstuffed, but I’m not starving either. It’s a perfect balance.

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Leo: Exercise 

By exercising, you can balance out both your physical and mental health during your study break. Not only that, but there’s also a wide range of exercises you can do anywhere from forty-five minutes to two hours. You can stretch, do exercises in your seat at your desk or go for a jog! Much like Tauruses, Leos are extremely devoted to their work. That can lead to them to easily feel stressed out. Allow all those stressors to wash away while you are exercising!

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Virgo: Take a nap 

Most people say that the best way to remember information is to sleep after it’s entered your brain. According to a study published by ScienceDirect, people who slept for eight hours after learning new faces and names remembered them better than those that didn’t get that much sleep. Chances are, it will be one of the first things you remember when you wake up. However. I would limit your nap to be no longer than half an hour, just so you’re not too groggy or have trouble falling asleep later that night. As a Virgo, I can also say that I have pulled multiple all-nighters to get my school work done or to study for an exam I have the next day. By taking a nap during your study break, you can catch up on the sleep you may be behind on. 

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Libra: Drink tea or coffee 

Many people make tea or coffee a constant companion when it comes to studying. Both coffee and tea offer you a wonderful dosage of caffeine to get you through the school work you have to. Libras have a calming presence about them that allow others to feel comfortable and at peace. By drinking tea or coffee, hopefully, you will feel as calm while studying as others do when they are around you!

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Scorpio: Meditate 

Meditating is a wonderful way to ground yourself. It allows you to clear your mind and let go of anything that could be stressing you out, whether it’s school related or otherwise. A couple minutes of meditation could really do wonders for you. Scorpios tend to feel a wide range of emotions, sometimes feeling multiple at once! Meditating can help you process your emotions, along with helping the more negative emotions to leave your body. 

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Sagittarius: Watch your favorite YouTuber 

YouTube is the perfect way to destress when you need something quick to unwind before going back to studying! Since it's such a wide platform, there are YouTube videos and YouTubers out there for everyone. Sagittariuses are unpredictable and hard to pin down at times. There are multiple sides of them, just like there are multiple sides of YouTube. Some of my favorite YouTube videos to watch are beauty, fashion, college and lifestyle videos, as well as book reviews.

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Capricorn: Clean up your work space 

Having a clean work space will make it easier for you to concentrate on whatever it is you are doing. After all, a messy work space will make it harder for you to be productive because you won’t be able to focus. Clean space, clean mind! If you know where everything is, you will likely be less stressed. It makes sense that this is how a Capricorn would spend their study break, considering how responsible and self-reliant they are!

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Aquarius: Reward yourself 

Since school is so important and many of us face such high expectations for to do well, it can be easy to forget to congratulate yourself. After all, you’ve worked hard and deserve to treat yourself, however that may be! Aquarius is a sign that is intellectual, yet fun. Therefore, they’d give their all to their education, but spoil themselves the way they think they deserve when time comes for them to relax! Some ideas are to paint your nails, do a face mask or eat some ice cream. 

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Pisces: Make crafts 

Crafts or creating some sort of art is an easy and relaxing way to spend your study break! There’s also something out there for every one no matter what your artistic ability is. For example, you can look up crafts on Pinterest or do something that gives you a little more freedom like coloring or painting. Adult coloring books are a wonderful option for that! There are many different types too, so you’re bound to find something that interests you. Pisces are a naturally artistic sign, so they will gravitate towards this activity and create something wonderful!

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I hope this gave some you new ideas on what to do during your study break and that you’re able to take a breather without feeling too stressed! Good luck with exams!

A previous version of this article did not include Sagittarius, and has since been updated.