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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Insanity

Not the crazy workout DVD, promise!
































Exams. Finals. They're here for most of you guys, and for some of you (including myself!) they've come and gone. For those of you who still have them looming over you, I want to share one of my best tips for studying more efficiently with you today - moving.

Believe me, I get it. You've got hours and hours of studying to do and the last thing you want to do is make time to work out. I mean seriously, who has time for that?! I know that last week when I was in the midst of finals I sure didn't. I was running on the smallest amount of sleep I had ever had, I had so much material to plow through, and there was a small Starbucks landfill surrounding my table in the library.

But sometimes, my brain just needs a break. Even if my body is content with sitting still for a few more hours, I found that sometimes my productivity would exponentially decrease because my mind just needed to stop for a few minutes. I took a bunch of different study breaks - I'd walk to my room to get a snack, I'd go get yet another cup of coffee, I'd play around on my phone for a little bit, but the best study breaks were the ones where I felt both mentally and physically recharged. Well, as recharged as you can be after having 8 cups of coffee a day and studying for 14+ hours.

Here are the study breaks that worked best for me:
1. Swim
Well...this is a very Vic-specific one, but I would just hop in and swim around 1000 yards (if you swim you know this isn't very much!). It would take about 30 minutes from the time I left the library until I was back in it with wet hair, and it left me calmer and ready to get back into whatever subject I was focusing on that day.

2. Quick phone call
I called my dear friend Ellen during finals, and although we ended up talking for well over an hour (time isn't wasted when you're catching up with a close friend!), it ended up being some pretty good exercise because I checked the little health app on my phone afterwards, and saw that I had walked over 20,000 steps and almost 10 miles because I didn't sit down once when I was talking to her! Talk about two birds with one stone!

3. Walk around the neighborhood
At Rhodes, we're pretty lucky to be situated in a cute neighborhood that is fun to walk around in during the day. I was usually able to recruit one or two of my friends to come with me, and when that happened I got some end-of-the-year bonding with some people that I care about and I got to recharge a bit!

4. Push-ups in the library
I personally did not do this because I'm not allowed to do pushups (woohoo shoulder injuries!), but periodically all the girls I was studying with would loudly whisper "PUSHUP BREAK!" and they'd all hit the library floor and crank out 10-20 pushups. The librarians thought it was a great idea!

These are also great if you're out of school and just need to get your blood flowing for a long day at work!

What do you do to keep yourself energized during tough weeks?

xx, Victoria

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