Give Your Brain a Break | Jenny Dearborn

January 20, 2015 1:22 PM

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Most of us carry around the stress of problems that are bigger than we are -- whether it's related to your family, your work or both -- we've come to accept that stress is the new norm. Unfortunately, stress makes it harder to concentrate over time and more difficult to feel satisfied and consistently engaged in your work.

It turns out that the brain actually absorbs information far better when that information is spaced out over time, rather than all at once. It also helps to change where you study occasionally and to take short breaks (say, to catch up on Facebook or play a few rounds of Candy Crush).

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