Avoid Stress While Studying

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The only thing standing between you and second semester: finals! Taking frequent study breaks is a smart technique when it comes to studying for hours on end. But spacing out in front of the TV or logging on to Facebook isn’t always the best idea. In order to avoid stress and frustration when studying, try these study break tips that will help you get in the zone and ace your finals!

Listen to classical music
Why? Think classical music is just for band geeks and grandmas? Think again. Yes, listening to piano pieces versus loud rap music has been suggested by “The Doctors” TV show to improve a person’s focus and help with relaxation. Just sit down, breathe deeply and play some Mozart.

“When I listen to classical and contemporary I feel relaxed and motivated,” says Huntley senior Yaresti Pena. “It is slow, soothing and lovely music.”

Exercise
Why? Going for a run or walking your dog around the neighborhood doesn’t sound appealing in this chilly weather. But sitting for long hours at a time staring your notes calls for a break. Your body will eventually need some form of exercise. Short 10-minute exercise breaks are beneficial periodically when studying. You can jog up and down your stairs or get zen with some yoga poses. You can also check out On Demand workouts on TV or free exercise videos on YouTube.

Snack on bananas and blueberries—away from your books
Why? It’s difficult to focus when your stomach is grumbling. Dropping the books and heading to the kitchen for a fruit or vegetable snack can help your concentration—something that is essential when studying. While eating junk food may seem like the easiest alternative to quiet your stomach, eating blueberries ranks among the top-10 healthiest foods to eat during exams according to startcooking.com.

According to fitnessandfreebies.com, bananas supply potassium to make you more alert. Both fruits are recommended for learning and retaining information. “They help me when I’m studying for a big...
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