Winter offers the perfect opportunity to spend time indoors, wrapped up under a blanket with a nice cup of hot chocolate. However, as the temperature drops you may find that your energy levels are dropping alongside it, or that you have less time to complete assignments as the days get shorter.
The key is to not let the “winter blues” get the better of you. To help out with that, we have a few handy tricks to keep your study schedule on track and keep you warm in the process.
Adjust your schedule to accommodate
As the longer nights and shorter days settle in, it can be worth re-evaluating your study schedule. If you are someone who prefers to study the mornings, you may find it increasingly more difficult to climb out of a warm bed and into the morning chill.
By adjusting your study schedule, you will be able to identify an alternative time and create a routine that works for you during the winter months.
Take a step outside
While the warmth of being inside is comforting, it is not always helpful for maintaining your focus. Take advantage of any breaks in the bad weather to get outside for a short walk or for just a trip to the supermarket for some study snacks.
The fresh air and change of scenery can help to clear your mind and provide an excellent opportunity to stretch your body so that when you sit down to continue your studies, you feel refreshed and focused.
Treat yourself to something warm
Nothing beats a nice cup of your favourite hot drink in winter, whether it be tea, coffee or a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Taking the time to prepare yourself a hot beverage and enjoy its warming effect gives you the opportunity to take a brief break from your studies and allows you some time to relax.
While coffee helps to concentrate and improve your attention it is best to drink it in moderation as too much can leave you dehydrated and keep you awake at night.
Prepare a pot of soup
Eating a healthy meal is an ideal way to maintain energy levels and maintain mental focus while you are studying. Soup is not only the perfect meal for winter it is also filled with the nutrients required to fuel your body and mind.
By preparing a large pot of soup before you sit down to study it gives you a ready-made snack or meal and helps you to resist the desire to binge out on chocolate, which can cause you to crash and lose focus once the sugar rush passes.
With these helpful tips, you will be able to make the most out of your winter study time and keep warm in the process.