The Fundamentals of Break Taking

c5b2be_f7af0e5904864883bef869aec0fb11edmv2_d_3264_4928_s_4_2Guest post by Lisa Schnitzler / photos taken in Mystic Vale

In the midst of midterms and endless readings in the life of a student, I can’t tell you how important it is to take a break.

By taking a break I don’t mean rewatching all 12 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy (yes, I’ve been there), I mean taking a moment for yourself and your mind.

Taking a break is important for everyone, not just students. I know life can get crazy busy and it is a common thought to say “I just don’t have time to relax.” Get this, you do.

It’s all about time management and prioritizing your mental health and well-being, which I can tell you right now is WAY more important than a test mark.


c5b2be_1a52652bc96c45b1aee98f4844a89f11mv2_d_4928_3264_s_002I have struggled with this in the past, but it’s definitely something I have been working on.

The most important aspects of break taking are: time management, a change of scenery, and some good tunes.

Time management is essential to taking breaks because you don’t want to turn the break into procrastination, that’s when things get messy.

Scheduled breaks give you me-time, and if you wouldn’t cancel on your closest friend, you sure as heck shouldn’t cancel on yourself. You are important too. Schedule your break like you would an important meeting and stick to it.


c5b2be_a7c9c35d846445d1950d132614fb62afmv2_d_4928_3264_s_4_2Next is the scenery change. Students are often suuuuper sedentary so getting out of your room/library/house is essential. Staring at books and your computer screen definitely takes a toll on the good ‘ol mind.

Personally I like to get out into nature by going to the beach/forest.  There’s something incredibly calming about the ocean and being surrounded by a bunch of tree friends.  If you aren’t an outdoorsy person maybe check out a new coffee shop or a new eatery. Downtown Victoria is full of coffee shops and brunch places that will not disappoint.

Lastly, whip out that old iPod and play some good music. Personally, I listen to a LOT of Bon Iver and Matt Corby when I just want some time with my thoughts and the ocean. Basically, find some music that makes you “feel” and take it with you to your happy place. I’ll link some of my favourite new music at the bottom of this page.


I seriously cannot stress enough how important it is to take care of yourself and to have a break when you’ve been working like the boss you are.

Take a break and you’ll be better because of it. Trust me, you’ve earned it. 

A quick thank you to Jessica O’Brien for taking these lovely photos of me. Check out more of her photos here

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