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6 Fun Study Break Ideas to Try During Midterms

Studying for midterms is stressful. As you spend hours poring over notes and cramming in lecture videos, it’s important to take time to relax. Here are some study break ideas to get you through your exams!

Take a power nap.

Find a quiet place, set your alarm, and sleep your problems away (just for a bit). Napping for 15-20 minutes can help boost your energy so you wake up ready and refreshed. 

Eat a healthy snack.

Try veggies and hummus, air-popped popcorn, lowfat yogurt with berries and granola, apples and nut butter, or a granola/protein bar. Steer clear of high-sugar, high-fat processed foods because, although they provide a quick energy boost, you end up feeling groggier later on.


It doesn't have to be a full workout, but going for a quick jog or doing some yoga can get your blood flowing and improve your focus. For something even more low-effort, go for a quick walk outside and breathe in the fresh air.

Take a shower.

Standing under running water helps your mind relax. If you really need to stay awake, here’s a trick I learned: alternate between a minute of hot water and 30 seconds of the coldest water you can stand.

Talk to a friend or family member.

Social interaction improves your mental health and can increase your motivation. Try talking about something light rather than stressful, and/or do a fun activity with them!

Listen to music.

Blast your favorite energetic, motivating songs in your headphones to lift your mood instantly. If you’re feeling up for it, you can even have a solo silent dance party!

Study breaks not only improve your happiness but also boost your productivity by giving your brain a chance to rest. As important as it is to study, it's equally, if not more important, to take time for yourself to relax and recharge.

Emily Wang

Dartmouth '22

I am an economics major and English minor at Dartmouth. In my free time, I enjoy music, creative writing, and photography, as well as going on scenic walks, watching rom-coms with friends, and reading psychological thrillers.
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