How to Develop Healthy Study Habits
Studying can be a draining exercise that takes a toll on you mentally and physically. Here are some areas that you can work on in order to develop healthy study habits:
• Food: While some people tend to overeat while studying, others get tensed and don't eat at all. Try to implement some healthy food habits from the very beginning. Eat your meals properly and take snack breaks every two hours, substituting junk food snacks with healthier options like salad, nuts or baked foods. Avoid caffeine and sugary foods, for they may seem like they optimise your efficiency but in fact they do more damage than good.
• Exercise: Make time to exercise every day, at whatever time is convenient for you. Whether you would like to go for a run, take a swim or go to the gym or take up any other is entirely up to you. Exercise will improve your blood circulation after and refresh you, enabling you to concentrate on your studies better.
• Sleep: Try not to let your study schedule compromise your sleep. Studies have shown that losing sleep could kill your brain cells, and while this may not happen if your sleep is disturbed once in a while, try not to make a habit of staying up all night to study.
• Stress: Studying can be stressful, but try to plan out your schedule so that you have enough time to finish your syllabus properly. Prolonged stress can be harmful to your nervous system in the long run and can hamper your concentration and efficiency in the short run.
• Distractions: While you are studying, try not to engage in distractions, but try to take periodic breaks a few times a day. You can choose to interact with your friends or family, watch a little television or leave the house for a little while. Taking a break will refresh you and keep you connected to what is happening outside your books.