Welcome to Week 5, Bruins. As we all drown in the depths of midterms, it’s important to take a few sporadic (LOL) breaks once in a while to procrastinate on the actual studying part. Whether it’s checking out the meme scene on Facebook or squeezing in an episode of Riverdale, there are so many glorious ways to put off the flashcards and study sessions. Here are eight of the best study breaks using goodies from our HC Survival Kits.
1. Ransack your refrigerator
Nothing helps motivate me to study more than a good drink by my side, whether it’s coffee, tea or Spindrift, which is America’s first and only sparkling water made with real, squeezed fruit. Get hyped with caffeine or the cool refreshing taste of cold water.
2. Reorganize your makeup drawer
I try to be productive during midterms, even if that means resorting to cleaning instead of actually reading the textbook. I love to sort through all of my makeup to stay organized and hygienic. Steripod is one tool to use to keep your toothbrush clean and fresh for up to three months. It’s a handy, colorful clip that’s also perfect for travel, if you ever spend the night at a friend’s place or go on a club retreat.
3. Get yo’ life together by updating your planner
I can’t be productive without writing it down first. Keeping a “to do” list helps me gather all my thoughts, plus it’s a great study break to color code all the events I have in the next week. The Erin Condren Hardbound LifePlanner is a good place to start when it comes to keeping track of everything and making a study schedule.
4. Soak up some sun
I am most focused when I’m outside studying by the pool or at a café table and chairs. Get that Vitamin D and fresh air by finding a study spot on campus or on the Hill. You can work on your tan at the same time—or just use L’Oreal Sublime Bronze ProPerfect Salon Airbrush Mist before you head out, so you’re pre-tanned and ready to swim.
5. De-stress with an at home spa night
No need to splash the cash at the salon when you can have a spa night in your own apartment. Try Freeman’s Feeling Beautiful Rejuvenating Cucumber + Pink Salt Clay Mask the night before your midterm to both soothe and exfoliate your skin. Then get a good night sleep!
6. Get ready for Halloween
The best way to procrastinate on those Week 5 midterms is by obsessively looking through Pinterest for Halloween costume ideas, baking spooky treats and planning your party playlist. My go-to Halloween candy this year is HI-CHEW—especially the apple and strawberry flavors that really pack in the fruity flavor. It’s honestly such a blessing that Halloween comes at the perfect time to distract me from my looming Blue Book exam.
7. Plan your exam day outfit
It’s really important to feel confident on the day of the test, so I spend (admittedly) too much time planning what I want to wear. I try to find something comfortable yet cute—that balance between yoga pants and business casual. One fun option is Aeropostale’s seriously stretchy denim jeans, which are a bestseller. Pair it with a nice blouse and of course some sunnies (because otherwise you’ll be practically blinded while walking to class in the SoCal sun).
8. Pack on the dry shampoo
Who has time to do your hair when you live at the library? One of the best study breaks is sprucing up your unwashed hair with the Bed Head by TIGI Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo, which keeps my hair smelling fresh and looking matte.
Photos courtesy of Lindsay Weinberg
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