Things To Do In Your 5-Minute Break

Meritnation|Nov 16th, 2015 05:49pm

keep-calm-and-take-a-chill-pill-295Congratulations! You’ve successfully completed a section of your studies and now it is time for your well deserved 5-minute break. You must be wondering why are we talking about that short break which doesn’t even last beyond 5 minutes. It is because students tend to make use of even these short breaks (you intelligent bookworms!), which you shouldn’t be doing. These short breaks should be just that. BREAKS! You should refrain from doing anything during your break that requires significant brain power. Also avoid thinking about what you’ve accomplished so far. Give yourself a chill pill! 🙂

Here are few examples on how to take a quick 5-minute chill-pill during your study time:

1. Get Up and Walk Around – This will help you circulate blood and let you think about unrelated things but for a short time. Thinking about unrelated things can actually help you focus as it stimulates your problem solving creativity, because the seemingly unrelated concepts you’ve spent a few minutes thinking about could prove useful when applied to your studying.

2. Stretch Out Your Muscles – A short stretching exercise will freshen you up and you will be ready to face the next set of problems to solve. You will feel rejuvenated and much more focused.

3. Drink A Glass Of Water – Getting up to fetch a glass of water and drinking the whole glass will prove refreshing. Your mind will get to relax a bit and you’ll be better hydrated for your brain to function well even under stress.

4. Do A Quick Organisational Chore – Something as simple as checking your table for all your stationery items that you require, cleaning your desk or reorganising it, emptying or arranging your backpack. These little tasks can feel oddly satisfying and mind freeing.

5. Listen To Music – Plug in your headphones and listen to few songs. Stick to the time limit and beware listening extremely catchy songs. Prefer instrumental and you’ll notice how well focused you will be when you continue with your studies.

One thing to keep in mind is that five minutes goes by faster than you’d think, so don’t commit to anything too taxing or absorbing, or it will be difficult to get back into the zone once the break is over.

What are some other things that you do in your breaks? 🙂


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  • 1. pranjal dad  |  December 25th, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    wow! so good tips! I used them, and I got a result that i’m concentrating well. thanks merit!

  • 2. Fatima  |  August 16th, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Thank you Meritnation for this wonderful tips…. Really loved it! Its really very helpful

  • 3. Dyuti Mangal  |  March 7th, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    I really needed to read this blog. Every time I get up for a 5 minutes’ break, it usually ends up being for at least half of an hour.

  • 4. kartik  |  February 28th, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Thanks for some successful tips

  • 5. varsha  |  February 21st, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Thank you Meritnation!

    It is useful to my sister than me because she is going to write her 12th board exam!

    I hope this article helps her most!!

  • 6. Angel  |  February 7th, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Very helpful….
    Thank you Meritnation.

  • 7. DURGAA DIVATE  |  January 28th, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    I liked the 5 min break plan!!!!

  • 8. Ritwick  |  December 13th, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    Hey aditi

    Probably you should take a break after 2-4 hours of continuous study

    well that depends how many hours you can study continuously….

    Wish you best of luck

    everyone add me

  • 9. Meritnation  |  December 14th, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Hi Rushikesh,

    Ideally you should take a 5 minute break after every 30 minutes. You can study as long you want to but try not to cram everything together. Remember, smart studying is the key to success.

    Read our articles on “5 Habits of an Organised Student” and “10 Tips to Study Smart and Save Time” for more tips and ideas. Hope you’ll enjoy reading these and have fun while studying! 🙂

    Team Meritnation

  • 10. Rushikesh Bhor  |  December 13th, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    I dont like to study Much,but how much time should I study including the time taken for breaks?

  • 11. vanshika  |  December 9th, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    thanks a lot.. and even we can revise whatever we’ve studied while walking

  • 12. lekha  |  December 6th, 2015 at 9:04 am

    what about a short nap

  • 13. Muthu Kumaar  |  December 4th, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    I used to sit for around two hours for study without any break…whether it is necessary to break my study time into parts for a break…

  • 14. susmita sen  |  November 18th, 2015 at 8:48 pm


  • 15. Meritnation  |  November 18th, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Hi Aditi,

    Ideally you should take a 5 minute break after every 30 minutes.

    Wish you all the best!

  • 16. Aditi  |  November 17th, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    after what time we should take break?

  • 17. Bhumi  |  November 16th, 2015 at 6:01 pm



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