Keep Your Brain Engaged!

By Rene Santana on May 13, 2019

It’s spring quarter, and I’m sure everyone’s brain is as fried as an egg. And while it may seem like we need a nice long brain break from it all, what we may need instead is some activities to keep our brains from falling out of our heads. The reason being is that since so much time has been by studying the same materials over and over again, our brain needs something fresh and new to work on so that it stays active when we return to studying for finals at the end of the quarter.

Stay Creative!

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D.I.Y. Projects

These are some of the best things to do when you’re feeling burnt from your classes. This could involve a small crafting project, to a large scale concept that you can retreat to when you need a break. From building a desk to using a loom to make a comfy hat, anything you decide that you could potentially build on yourself is a D.I.Y. project. This activity is especially helpful when you’re not getting anywhere with your studies and need to find a way to keep your spirits up. I will say, however, if you find a project involving skills, materials, and time that you currently are short on, do not attempt it unless you have the patience to do so. If you’re looking for a place to start, here’s a link to on how to make a marshmallow gun! 

Running (Walking)

People exercise to stay conditioned and healthy, as they run, lift weights, or do intensive activities to keep their bodies moving. So while exercising may keep the body fully engaged, I believe running specifically keeps the brain active. Walking can do the same exact thing but running is where you can relieve stress and keep your brain’s gears moving. With running, there is no keeping track of repetitions, concentration, or overexertion-running a marathon may involve more of these things though. So as a simple enough activity, you can focus on your mind on the billion thoughts that zoom through your head and see them flourish into new ideas as you pump blood and oxygen from your head to your toes.

Read a Short Story or Poem

Reading is not a dead activity. It’s merely done in short quips than reading full books. It’s been said that books are the best brain food out there since they open your mind up to new places and experiences. But reading takes times and can seem daunting when you look through books with page numbers in the hundreds and thinking that no one has time for that. We do, however, have time to read news articles, and with that, short stories, and poems too! Try it out by searching for literary magazines and spend twenty minutes on a story or poem, and see that it doesn’t take that long to finish it. In those twenty minutes, your brain could be in a whole other world until the last word.

Learn an Instrument

Everyone has the capabilities of playing a musical instrument. Yes, everyone. And while learning something new seems overwhelming, it’s worth every second spent on it. You don’t have to brush off those few years of piano lessons, but you could pick up an acoustic guitar or ukulele for cheap and start strumming your worries away. With everyone and their dogs learning how to do stuff on Youtube, you can learn how to play your favorite song in minutes. Maybe you wanted to pick up a different instrument, in that case, since you’re at a college, there’s bound to be a music major or professor giving lessons to learn from. Now, even if you’re already a music major, picking up a different instrument never hurts and can drastically improve your overall musically abilities.

These were a few ideas to try out, but the main idea is to keep your brain engaged somehow, someway. If you take a break from classes without doing anything, you may remember something from your long study sessions, but it’ll be as tired and engaged as it was before you took a break. It’s good to relax, but since school isn’t done yet, you still need to continue pushing through till that final assignment is submitted

CWU Graduate | Writer | Editor @WaldorfPress | Favors Tech, UX, and the Serial Comma.

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