Learning is not easy, especially when you have tons of books and courses to read. But can you do it when the exam is so close, and you already feel exhausted from so much studying? Fortunately, there are several simple actions that you can take to keep yourself alert and be able to study even when you feel that your brain will explode.
Turn the lights on, sit in a comfortable chair and turn the fan on to make the air circulate. Warm temperature will make you feel sleepy.
Sometimes too much is too much. If you have different exams alternate the subjects so that you do not get burned out reading the same information over and over again
Take a 10-minute break once every hour to stretch and exercise. This will get your blood circulating and boost your metabolism. Your energy level will rise, you will be more focused and concentrate easier.
Study with a friend
Find a friend or a colleague that you can study with. You can quiz each other to keep you more alert and make the studying process more enjoyable.
Coffee / cola / black tea
Caffeine drinks do not offer a long-term solution, but they can help you get through a night long study session.
Eat or snack
Grab a healthy snack, such as a fruit, crackers, cheese, nuts, granola, protein bars or veggies with dip. Avoid foods high in sugar as they can cause a spike and then a quick drop in your blood sugar. This will make you more tired than before. Fuel your mind and body with nutritious, natural food, rich in carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats.
Remember that coffee and other caffeine rich beverage are only a short-term solution. On the other hand, water is what your body craves for. Dehydration will force your body to work harder, increases mental exhaustion and gives you headaches. Have a bottle of water next to you and take a sip whenever you feel like a short break. Also, a quick shower or face wash will work wonders for your study session.
When you are stressed, you feel sluggish and tired because you tend to breathe more shallowly. Do a 1-minute meditation focusing on deep, controlled breaths to improve your focus and distress. Slowly inhale and exhale for a reinvigorating and calming effect.
Go for a walk
Exercising is good, but talking a walk is even better. Getting some sunlight and fresh air will give you more energy and feel you less moody. Walk for 30 minutes per day to improve the ability to reason and think raise energy levels and reduce fatigue.
Listen to some music
Make a playlist with your favorite music. Take a break and listen to it or even dance if you feel like it. This will boost your energy level and make you feel good. You can also play some relaxing music during your study session to increase stamina and productivity.
Make a plan
You should always prepare a clear plan of what you have to study and the time you allow for each subject (if you have more). Break the material into smaller parts and alternate between easy tasks and more difficult ones. This will help you avoid getting bored about reading the same thing and also stay away from burnout.
Using these simple tricks, you can continue studying even when you feel tired and even exhausted. Taking care of your body you will not only avoid exhaustion but also keep your brain will be alert.