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4 Ways to Keep Your Brain Fresh Over Thanksgiving Break

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Posted on November 17, 2015 by Delaware Valley University.

As Thanksgiving break approaches, Delaware Valley University students are anticipating the much-needed downtime during their days off. While this is immensely important and healthy for a college student, on returning to campus after break, you’ll have only a certain number of days before your first semester final exams. This makes keeping you brain fresh over Thanksgiving break very important.

DelVal is here to help you create a balance of relaxing and making sure that you’re preparing for your exams after Thanksgiving break. Read on for four helpful ways that you can keep your brain fresh over Thanksgiving break.

1. Exercise
One of the easiest ways that you can keep your mind sharp is to exercise. Aerobic exercise has long-term beneficial effects for your brain, and whenever you embark on a jog or sprint, scientists have proven that your brain, along with your body, is getting more fit. 

If you aim for 30 minutes of exercise per day during your Thanksgiving break, your brain will stay active and be ready for those upcoming exams.

2. Sleep
DelVal students are sure to love the green light for sleeping in. We all know that sleep will help you feel refreshed and rested, but when you don’t get enough sleep, it ends up doing damage to your brain. Lack of sleep results in protein buildup between your brain’s synapses, which is proven to make it more difficult to think and learn new information. 

This Thanksgiving break, make sure that you’re catching up on much-needed rest. 

3. Chill
Stress isn’t good for your brain. When you experience high levels of stress, your body produces harmful chemicals throughout your hippocampus, which is the part of your brain where your memories are stored. This means that the more stressed you are, the less you’ll be able to retain information when you’re studying. 

Multiple activities can help you to destress, such as yoga. But to make sure that you’re not stressed, all you need to do is socialize, kick back and enjoy your time off.

4. Fun Brain Games
Who would’ve thought that you can have fun while training your brain? By utilizing the variety of brain teasing games available, you can essentially work out your brain to maintain it. These games could be a crossword puzzle, Sudoku puzzle or playing a game of Scrabble with the family. 

Playing these games over your Thanksgiving break will go a long way toward helping you during your first semester final exams. 

Thanksgiving break is a time for DelVal students to kick back and relax in order to keep their brains fresh and ready for their upcoming exams. But while relaxing and resting is important for your brain’s health, exercising and utilizing brain games are as well, so make sure that you’re doing your part to work out your brain.

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