Have you ever found yourself with too much on your plate? There just seems to be a lot of things to do and not enough time to do any of it. Of course, you try your best to do everything all at once as you try to convince yourself that you are the best multi-tasker in the world; however, sometimes you just can’t do it, and you feel like you’re on the verge of a break down. Should you push yourself to the limit or take a step back? Before you decide to break down, consider taking a short break, and try these helpful pointers instead.
1. Stay Away From Social Media
It sucks, but this is a must. Don’t take a break by going on Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc. You tell yourself that you are only going to go on these really awesome, but extremely distracting, websites for a few minutes, but we all know that’s not true. If you are going to take a break, don’t turn to these websites to relax. You can do it after you’re done with your work. However, if you must go on the internet, go on a website that doesn’t have too much content or one that you know you will never stop scrolling/clicking through. Let yourself play one game of sudoku or crosswords. After that, log off!
Chances are, you’ve been feeling super uncomfortable as you sit at your desk, furiously trying to complete a billion essays and labs. So why not do some stretches? Don’t worry, you don’t have to know any complicated ones. All you need to do is stand up, wiggle your fingers, turn your head left to right, reach for the stars, or bend down to the floor. Also, consider stretching your legs by taking a short walk. You will feel calmer, trust me. Once you do some stretches, you will start feeling much better and be able to concentrate on your work more.
3. Take A Power Nap
Let yourself have a quick nap that lasts about 15 to 20 minutes. Before you say, “That’s such a waste of time,” allow me to tell you the benefits of a power nap. First of all, these short naps that last about 20 minutes help you regain energy. You are probably exhausted from doing all the work. There is no point doing your work if you are half asleep! Also, power naps will help you do your work more properly. Dr. Sara C. Mednick, sleep expert and author of Take a Nap! Change Your Life says,“You reset the system and get a burst of alertness and increased motor performance. That’s what most people really need to stave off sleepiness and get an energy boost.” Take a nap and feel more energized!
4. Hug Someone or Something
Whether it is your mom or your dog, go find someone for a long hug. You have a lot more to do but you’ve done well, so you definitely deserve to have a nice cuddle. However, that is not the only reason why you should go hug someone or something. A recent study has shown that hugs release oxytocin which decrease cortisol levels, and thus allows you to feel less stress. Awesome, right? This way, you won’t continue feeling as if everything is going to crash and burn as you work and do a better job.
Whether it be doing homework, schoolwork, or cramming all night for that major exam tomorrow, don’t let your lazy side reel in the best of you. Chug down four cups of coffee to stay awake, throw a mini dance party whenever you’re done studying each chapter–whatever you do, don’t let yourself get too overwhelmed!