Fun Study Break Ideas For Stressed College Students

Things To Do When You Need A Break From Stu-DYING

You've been rereading that paragraph for the past five minutes and your eyes are glazed over, it's time to put down the textbook.

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College students are kind of known for having lots of homework. Sure, we spend a lot less time actually in class, but all the extra free time we usually get sucked into our studies. But it's important to make time to relax and take care of yourself too.

So, here are some activities to do when you've been studying excessively and really need a break:

1. Take A Nap. 

Your eyes are burning because you've been staring at that book or computer screen for the past three hours. Don't sleep the whole day away, but a one hour nap is a really great way to recharge.

2. Find A Show To Get Lost In. 

When your brain has been working like crazy to process all the information you're studying, it can be nice to take a break by watching some TV! Lately, I've been enjoying watching the Marvel shows on Netflix, but the past few days have been spent watching "America's Next Top Model." Just turn on the show and let your brain rest for a bit!

3. Get A Snack. 

Chances are if you've been studying for a long time, you probably haven't eaten in a while, so take the time to stop and grab a snack! Try not to go for something super sugary, but something that actually has the protein to get you through the rest of your studying session!

4. Take A Shower. 

Studying can make you really tense, so taking a shower is a really good chance to relax! Just be warned that it might make you a little sleepy.

5. Listen To Some Music. 

Like watching TV, listening to some music can be a great way to just let your brain chill out for a few minutes instead of having to focus on something.

6. Take A Walk. 

You don't necessarily have to go outside, especially if it's raining, but even just walking around in a hallway helps get the blood flowing and will help you feel more revitalized!

7. Meditate. 

Meditating can be a really great way to reorient your mind and get your focus back, and there are lots of options out there! There are tons of free apps and websites you can use, but I like using Headspace because they have meditations specifically meant for students!

8. Call Your Mom. 

I don't know about you guys, but when I'm really stressed, hearing my mom's voice can really help me out, especially when I'm really missing home.

9. Get Out Of The House!

If you've been studying for a really long time, it can be easy to get a little sick of your surroundings. So you could go run an errand, or even just go for a quick drive. Anything that just gives you a change of pace!

10. Focus On One Of Your Hobbies. 

This is a dangerous one because it can be ridiculously easy to just give up on studying and keep going on with your hobby, so don't do that! But it's definitely okay to take the time to do an activity that you really enjoy doing, just make sure you do go back to studying if you need to.

11. Look For Some Memes Or Funny YouTube Videos. 

Honestly, sometimes we all just really need a laugh, and it can definitely help lower the stress levels. So by all means, look for the memes!

12. Grab Yourself Some Caffeine. 

If you're feeling really low in energy and you just need a little pick-me-up to get you through the rest of your studying, go grab some tea or coffee! The little bit of caffeine will give you just enough of a boost to power on through!

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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