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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at DePauw chapter.

Finals season is upon us and we are all feeling it. The exhaustion, the stress, and the desperate need for a break. While we are counting down the days for winter break to start we tend to forget that we should take breaks while we are studying for our finals. I know I’m guilty of wanting to keep going when I’m on a study grind, but sometimes that can backfire on me by burning me out a lot quicker. 

While I’m not an expert, I do have a few ideas on how you can take a break from studying! 

  1. Set a timer 

Setting a timer is beneficial when studying because it’s a loud reminder that you have a well-deserved break. I usually try to set my timer for 30 minutes or 45 minutes depending on what subject I’m working on with a 10-15 minute break in between. I usually do three rounds of 30/45 minute work and 10/15 minute rest and then take a bigger break of 30 minutes. 

  1. Do something active 

Getting up and moving around after sitting down for an extended period of time is great for the mind and body. It gives your brain a break from staring at your screen. Do a couple of yoga poses, stretch your body, do a quick little HITT workout, or walk around your room for a little bit. I usually use breaks to refill my water bottle, use the bathroom, or get a snack. It’s the little things that get your body moving for a bit that allows your body and brain to take a small break. 

  1. Self-care 

Studying should not take up your entire day. Allow yourself to take some time for yourself throughout the day. Give yourself a few minutes to paint your nails, color, paint, read a book, a face mask, or do whatever makes you feel good! Treat yourself, you deserve it! 

  1. Change Location 

If you’re studying on your desk, bed, etc… I would recommend changing locations when you take a break. If you stay in one space to study and take a break you’re less likely to be productive when you study. You’ll be more tempted to get on your phone and take more frequent breaks than you’d like to. 

Learning how to take productive breaks that don’t lead to procrastination is all trial and error. Find what fits most into your study habits and go from there! Hope these tips are helpful. 

Hi! My name is Nayeli Torres-Ochoa. I am a junior and neuroscience major at DePauw University. I love coffee, traveling, writing, and reading.