There are many fun and economical ways to take a break after writing an exam. It is best to get an hour or two's break after you come home from writing a paper to clear the mind before studies begin again. Taking this break has many benefits – it relaxes the mind and body, allows the mind to clear before a new round of studies and it also makes studying and retention of information more effective. Here are two activities to take on in order to clear the mind of post exam stress and fatigue -
Which child doesn't love making paper airplanes? A paper airplane is a simple example of origami at its best. A soothing activity, which only requires a square piece of paper and an instructional video, is relaxing to do. Find a simple object to create using origami – all you have to do is follow the steps! It takes the mind away from the upcoming exam and allows the mind to relax and take a break.
Doing Origami also improves hand-eye coordination, sequencing skills (from following the steps), patience and attention skills. Videos are available online in order to make a wide variety of origami objects. Folding also improves fine motor skills and gives a child a sense of achievement when they complete an origami object. With minimal resources, a child is able to learn, build and create an object. Depending on the difficulty level of the origami object, a wide span of time can be alloted for origami activities.
Did you know that jigsaw puzzles are one of the few activities that utilise the left and right side of the brain simultaneously? While the left brain is logical and works in a linear manner, the right side of the brain is intuitive and creative. With both sides of the brain simulatenously engaged, jigsaw puzzles are the perfect way to switch off from exam related stress and relax.
Doing a jigsaw puzzle is one way of meditating. By switching off the mind and putting all the focus into one image – completing the puzzle is a meditative act. It is a soothing activity and helps move the mind away from stress and allows it to unwind. It does not require excessive communication and is the perfect way to sit peacefully and take a breath. You can choose to complete a puzzle alone or with some company.