Vijay GargStudent life is fall of a lot of stress. The pressure of the curriculum and the pressure to perform can drain the strongest of minds. Motivation is the only thing that can keep a student focused and yet not drained. There are so many activities students can do to keep themselves motivated.These activities are not academic in nature. However, indulging in these will definitely boost the ability to focus on studies.Sleep: The first advice is to get enough sleep. It may seem ironical to many how sleep features on the top of the list. There are two advantages of sleep.Our brain is designed to work at optimum level if it gets enough rest. Contrary to what we may think, the brain continues to operate functions of the body. The part of brain that deals with activities while we are awake, gets its rest. The ideal sleep for brain to function at optimum level is 8 hours 15 minutes. It means that when the brain gets this kind of sleep, it functions at the highest efficiency.The other advantage is we can put the sub-conscious to work at this time. While we sleep, only conscious part of our brain gets rest.That is the time, when the sub-conscious takes over. Before going to sleep, we can feed the conscious with goals we have set for ourselves. When we are resting, the sub conscious will be working to give us ideas and plans to achieve these goals.Exercise: The next important thing is to do enough physical exercise. Physical exercise makes sure that your body is in proper shape. Another advantage for the student is good blood flow.While we exercise, we breathe more thus ensuring a good amount of oxygen into our bodies. The heart-rate goes up. This means oxygen intake is distributed at a faster rate to the body and more important the brain. Good flow of blood to the brain improves your thinking. Information gets processed faster and more efficiently.Indulge in some exercise that appeals you. It may be a brisk one hour walk in morning, a game of football, tennis, badminton, squash or any other game, Yoga or even an hour at the gym. The choice is yours but do it on a regular basis. Do it to keep your brain fit.Meet Friends: A students schedule is usually a very busy one. But it certainly helps if some time is kept aside for meeting friends. Being with friends will bring joy to mind.While we are with friends, we share our troubles and burdens with them. Good friends help to keep this burden in check. Good friends also provide solutions to burdens.While we are with friends, we also share happy moments. Even 15 minutes spent with friends can do wonders to you.Music: Music is a balm to brain. Listening to good music can soothe our tired bodies and minds. Devote at least one hour to listen to some good music. Avoid music that may make mind restless.Soft music is the best. It may be instrumental music like the piano, flute or the Santoor. It may be light and soft-paced songs.Some may like Indian Classical, others may like Western Classical. Again the choice of music depends on individual but the effect it has on the tired mind can be phenomenal.Puzzles: Do take off some time for solving puzzles. It stimulates brain cells to perform better.At the same time they are fun and do not add stress. No need to push yourself to solve puzzle.Just indulge it it to divert your mind and stimulate it. There are many puzzles available in market, ranging from jigsaw puzzles, Rubic’s Cube to puzzle games available as mobile apps. If you have a good partner, you can also play games like chess.Movies: Once in a while, watch a good motivational movie. A good comedy can also relax our brains. The idea is to relax and motivate. So don’t watch just any movie.The choice of movies to watch has to be carefully made. You may look up the internet to find a list of good motivational and comedy movie.
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