We all know what it’s like studying for exams. How sometimes it feels as though there is nothing else in the world apart from books, lectures and classrooms. And how sometimes, when deadlines are looming and revising is slowly hacking away at your mental health, you wonder about the point of it all and how you will actually benefit from all the education you’ve experienced.
Well, let me tell you that you will benefit from learning. There are fewer things in life more important than a good education.
But if things are getting on top of you or you feel as though you are hitting a brick wall, whether or not it is exam time, here are a few things you can do to kick-start your brain into action.
Go For a Walk
One of the easiest things you can do to help get your brain working again is to go for a walk and take in some fresh air. It doesn’t have to a long walk or a walk in a beautiful park, just go outdoors and put one foot in front of the other for at least 10 minutes.
This might sound counterintuitive if you have work to do or a deadline to meet, but if your brain is stuck in a certain gear and needs shifting, you need to do something about it. Television is very stimulating and is sure to knock your brain out of neutral in double quick time. A word of warning though, don’t spend hours sitting in front of it, five or ten minutes will do nicely. You just want to re-configure your brain, not take in a whole season of Glee or The Sopranos
Make a Drink
If you really haven’t got much time then making a hot drink is a good way to take your mind of your work for a few minutes. By the time you return to your desk with tea or coffee in hand an inspirational idea may have popped into your head.
If it’s cold outside, the TV is broken and you don’t fancy a coffee, try doodling. Grab a scrap piece of paper and draw shapes; triangles, squares or whatever pops into your head.
Listen to Music
Just like watching TV, don’t get distracted and spend too long doing something you really enjoy as opposed to something you really should! Put on a few of your favourite songs and dance around the room or just sing-along.
Use Your Opposite Hand
You can do this if you are writing with a pen or using a computer mouse – just switch hands for a few minutes. The brain starts up again because it has to concentrate on a task your body is not used to performing.
Play a Game
The good news is I count computer games in this. Grab whatever console you have and immerse yourself in the graphic imagery for a few minutes. If computer games are not your thing try a crossword or Sudoku. You can do these online too if you like.