The semester is winding down and the break is finally approaching, but that usually means that a slew of deadlines and finals are just around the corner. That project you were supposed to be working on three weeks ago is now due in two days, or tomorrow, so it’s finally time to sit down and deal with it. These are a few on-the-fly easy things that can help you de-stress and refocus.
Move your body
While working out or taking a walk is the best way to clear your mind, there’s not always enough time to do so. Simply taking a few minutes to stretch out your arms, back and legs while breathing can do a lot to refocus you. Doing stretches on the floor also helps prevent soreness from sitting in the same position so long.
Now is not the time to be worrying about your macros or calorie count. Your brain needs fuel to function and can’t churn out brilliance without something to run it. Caffeine does not replace the energy that you can get from food, so it you have to choose between coffee and fries, go with the fries.
Take a break, but…
Stay away from the internet. The internet is a place where breaks go to die and come back as all-nighters. The light from screens makes your eyes even more tired than they already are, so avoid them. For a break that you’ll be able to bounce back from, take a shower, work on a personal project, or take care of a chore that you’ve been meaning to do.
Maybe just sleep
If you’ve been staring at your computer for an hour and have no idea how to start your essay, it can be best to just call it a night. Most brains are much more alert in the morning hours. Even if you’re sleepy, you’re going to perform better than late at night watching the minutes go by. Be sure to set multiple alarms just in case.