Back to school, back to the books. Feeling overwhelmed? We know the feeling and want to help. The key to success is taking the time to study and gradually chipping away at the pile of work that’s accumulated, but you’ll need the energy to do it. We’ve compiled our favorite study break and snack tips to power your library sessions and get you through the first semester.
For the hungry student: check out our favorite healthy snacks ideas from Buzzfeed’s 17 Power Snacks Every College Student Should Know
- Peanut Butter and Banana Rice Cakes – Peanut butter/banana? We say YES to this combo. Add a whole grain rice cake, and you’ve got yourself a hearty, protein-packed snack.
- Perk-me-up trail mix – Build-your-own with almonds, cashews, raisins, dark chocolate chips, etc., or grab a bag of Cinn-sational for that sweet cinnamon flavor you’ve been craving since the mention of Fall.
- Greek Yogurt Peanut Butter Dip – Try this new spin on Greek Yogurt, and swirl in some of your favorite nut or almond butter.
- Avocado Toast – This snack is super simple and portable. Toast a piece of whole wheat bread before you leave for the library, grab an avocado and a plastic knife. Mash up ½ the avocado, spread on your toast, and you’ve got yourself a winner. Bring a second slice of toast for a friend – sharing is caring!
For the student who needs to get up and move: check out our curated list from Spoon University’s 7 Ways to Give Your Eyes a Break while studying:
- Sketch, color or do something creative – Moving your mind away from your books and allowing yourself to be creative will do wonders for your sanity! We recommend a stress-relieving coloring book, or a page in your notebook dedicated to doodles.
- Do laundry or clean – Your parents will thank us for this one. Take a 20-minute break to do some laundry or clean up your room. There’s no better feeling than coming home to a fresh set of clothing and/or a clean apartment (depending on how much energy you have!). Try studying in a clean workspace, too – it makes all the difference!
- Do a few light exercises or stretches – Grab a friend and take a walk around campus. The fresh air will awake your senses, and reenergize you for another round of studying. Not in the mood for a walk? Make it a point to get out of your chair every thirty minutes to stretch it out.
- Make a healthy snack or meal – (see number 1!)