Teens these days have a lot on their plate, and we understand the difficulties that come with juggling your academics all while trying to savour your social life. So if you’re just moments away from pulling out your hair and throwing your books away, here’s a guide that’ll help you achieve a work/life balance!
Get some sleep!
Okay we’re sure you’ve heard this one before but what can we say, it actually helps! You need a good 8-9 hours of sleep every night to reset your body and mind. Yes, it’s especially important for your health and wellbeing, but it also helps lock down memories, which I’m sure we can all agree will be useful during exam revision. A good sleep cycle, without any distractions (umm…we’re talking about social media obviously), means you’ll be refreshed and ready for the next day. If you’re struggling to switch off your brain, try listening to mindfulness and relaxation audios like Headspace. An earlier start to the day means you can get more done, which also means you’ll have some free time to enjoy!
If you have a lot on your plate, it’s easy to feel like you’ve lost all control of your workload. Some advice from us, make a weekly timetable to help organise your thoughts and important due dates! Having everything scheduled makes it easier to prepare your workflow and take each task day by day. It can also get you to do all your work as it comes in – so say goodbye to last minute cramming and hello to organisation!
Stop with all the work, work, work!
If you feel like all you do is work and have zero down time with your friends and family, then it’s time to take a step back and give yourself a well-deserved balance. Science shows that working in 45-minute work/revision slots is much more effective when it comes to knowledge retention! These scheduled breaks in between allow memories to stick! After 45 minutes of hardcore studying, take 15 minutes to do an activity like exercise, another way to stimulate the mind!
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