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How To Stay Sharp During Academic Breaks

Whether for the holidays, a summer break, or an extended academic break, it's vital to your long-term success for you to know how to maintain your mental acuity. Here are a few tips on how you can make sure you stay sharp during an academic break.

Open A Book - Reading Is Paramount

Reading regularly is going to play a key role in keeping your brain sharp and in making your return to the classroom easier. Aim to read at least 1 chapter or 15 minutes everyday. It's a wonderful way to start your day by activating your brain in the morning. Also, by incorporating reading as a part of your morning routine, you are less likely to forget to get your daily chapter in. It's no secret that with college comes a great deal of studying - so by reading often you'll face less of an adjustment when you return to school

Play Stimulating Games

Another way you can keep your brain sharp is by engaging in games that make you think. Sudoku, Chess, Crosswords, and other puzzle games can challenge and stimulate your brain while having fun at the same time. Best of all, there are dozens of free options conveniently available in the palm of your hand on your cellphone. Browse your App Store for puzzle games and view the related recommendations to find a few that you like. Just be sure to not play too much. Ten to fifteen minutes per day should be adequate.

Get Moving

Although at first glance the connection between our minds and bodies may be one that easy to miss, the correlation between our mental and physical health is undeniable. Exercise makes us feel better and when we feel better, we are able to think more clearly. As we workout, we strengthen the connections between nerve cells and decrease the harmful effects stress causes the brain. So get moving and give your brainpower a boost! Just 30 minutes of working out everyday can transform your mind and body. Not a fan of the gym? That's ok, you can take advantage of online programs, or make it fun with dance classes, sports, or even a game of tag.

While there are many strategies you can use to keep your brain sharp, we encourage you to apply these three to your schedule during your breaks. Also, take advantage of your breaks to apply for scholarships like The Brian Joseph Lombardi Scholarship.

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