The temptation of online learning is to push through to get as much work done as you possibly can. That’s a great idea if you want to take an extra day off for a special trip or community service project, but it is not such a good idea if you want to keep your brain in top shape for academics. Northgate Academy loves that our students are motivated to learn and complete their work with ambition. However, here are some tips about why taking breaks during your online learning is important and some ideas of how to do just that.
Sometimes learning puts undue stress on you, even if you don’t realize it. You might find that your shoulders are tensed up or you’re having to move around a bunch to get comfortable. You might not be able to focus on your lesson as well as you could earlier in the day. These are all signs that you’re more stressed than you thought!
Even if you’re not physically stressed, your brain could be too taxed to get your work done well. That’s when you know you need to take a little break. You’ll be able to come back to your classwork with a fresh brain, stretched body, and a great attitude toward learning.
Taking a break helps your brain do its job a lot better, too, so increased productivity is another benefit to walking away from your school work once in a while. Especially if you’re catching yourself scrolling through your phone, dozing off, or staring at the wall…take a break!
Once you get up and move around or take a power nap, you’ll be much more prepared to learn whatever is on your plate for the day. You can get much more done when you take regular breaks than not, so let yourself relax once in a while and walk away from your lessons. Come back refreshed and ready to face your next learning opportunity.
You can take whatever type of break you want, but the most important thing is to do something! And, yes, even taking a nap is doing something. If you’re tired, it’s going to impact your stress levels and productivity, so a little 20 minute nap can do wonders for your ability to digest and understand information.
Practicing some mindfulness, where you relax your shoulders, release the tongue from the roof of your mouth, and just breath for a while can really benefit you both physically and mentally as well. You release tension and give your brain a better chance at focusing on whatever task you have coming up.
Getting up and moving around to get some exercise is another fun way to take a well-deserved break. Whatever type of physical activity you’re into will help you stay on track with your studies. If you prefer yoga, get going with your stretches and breathing. If you prefer to take a walk or run with your family furry friend, go for it! Heading over to your local park to practice your throws, shoot some hoops, or kick around the soccer ball is beneficial to you both mentally and physically.
Regardless of what activity you choose, letting yourself walk away from your studies and recognizing when you need to do so is an important part of online learning. You’re not walking through halls and sitting in the cafeteria at lunch, so allowing yourself some movement will help you stay motivated and healthy while you attend school online.
If you’re not already a student at Northgate Academy but are interested in learning more about our online high school, you can check out our faith-based programs online. Still have questions? Feel free to send us a text at 763-412-4701 or call us at 800-339-7132. Our academic support team will be happy to answer your questions or help guide you to the best program for you or your child.