The solution to the endless maze

The bell rings for my last class; true music to my ears. I sigh with relief as I grab my backpack. Forgetting about the tons of textbooks packed in my backpack, I falter as I massage the pain on my shoulders. Although I’m exhilarated that school is finally over, I am hit with the sudden reality when I realize the amount of homework that is waiting, taunting me.

The piles and piles of assignments, papers, textbooks, and math equations are all anticipating when they get their turn to torture me. My backpack suddenly feels a little heavier. School is an inescapable full time job, and it is hard to find time for yourself these days. However, I learned that it is extremely important to take a break from all your studies or responsibilities, and do something that you enjoy.

Homework can feel like a maze; an endless loop where you feel like you’re getting nowhere. This may feel inescapable and never-ending. However, it is important to remember that a maze does have an end, just like homework.

It is very important to make sure all of your studies are finished. However, it is just as important to take breaks in between. Research by Cornell Health suggests that, “taking purposeful breaks (anywhere from 5-60 minutes) from studying to refresh your brain and body increases your energy, productivity, and ability to focus” (“Study breaks & Stress-Busters”). Studying for hours and hours lessens your concentration and from personal experience; not fun. Instead, take little pauses after every hour or so, and do something that pleases you. Take some time to go for a walk, listen to your favorite podcast, go on a little food run, or even take a nap! Then, take a deep breath and start again.

This video touches on the valuable ways of taking a study break. Many people may struggle with procrastination, so this video provides helpful tips on how to not procrastinate.

Personally, some activities that I enjoy doing during my breaks are hula and soccer. They have proven effective of keeping me busy enough so that I don’t have to think about anything else. As my current teacher once said, “sports force you to engage into the moment and stay focused so that you don’t have time to worry about anything.” Hula and soccer are the only times where all of my troubles and worries go away. My friends are also a good distraction and help relieve the stress and tension in my life. Music is also key to when a quick diversion is necessary. All of these healthy distractions are essential in order to help me study effectively.

This rest method is not only beneficial when studying, but with everyday life as well. If you think about it, breaks are there daily from school, work, water breaks, and even sleep. All of these pauses allows your body to recharge and perform better. This crucial moment should not be neglected and should be utilized with your day-to-day schedule. So, keep this in mind the next time you decide to skip taking your break at work!

“There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.”

Alan Cohen

Now that you have discovered the key to success, I guarantee you that studying will feel a little easier, and maybe not so much like a maze.

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