What’s the best way to unwind your brain after intense study?

Here’s what helps to unwind your brain and recharge it for the next round:

Take a walk.

Performing some form of physical exercise, even if it is targeted and short, improves your brain’s cognitive performance, problem solving ability, and even boosts long-term memory. Aim for 30-45 minutes. If your neighborhood or college campus is noisy, take your headphones with you and listen to  some relaxing instrumental music.

Feed your brain right.

Did you know that some excellent brain food includes sardines, beets, spinach, and lentils? Try to incorporate these and other foods into your daily meals to boost your brain power.

Take a power nap. To boost your concentration  and cognitive abilities, take a nap for about 30 minutes in the afternoon; find a comfortable space (a couch, an armchair, your bed). Block away environmental noise with noise-cancelling headphones. If you prefer, you can listen to music that can help you relax (anything that is instrumental; it can be classical music, chillout, sounds of nature).

Meditate. Train your brain to be more calm and quiet by meditating for 10 minutes. This practice can help you deal better with the input of information that could lead to feelings of  chaos, overwhelm, and stress. The Headspace app is easy, fun, and great for beginners.

Be a time management pro.

When you’re studying, use a timer to divide up your day into manageable increments to allow your brain to focus in a more targeted and effective way. For example, you can set the timer to 30 or 60 minute blocks; or, you can try the Pomodoro techniquewhich consists of 25 minute blocks of time, followed by 5 minute breaks. When you’re done with one segment, step away from your desk  to give your brain a chance to rest: take a 5 minute walk, look out the window, stretch your body, grab a cup of coffee or tea.

One more tip: For additional study hacks check out this article.

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