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The Science Behind Brain Breaks

Research shows that breaks can provide more than rest. Use them to boost creativity, cognitive function, and social skills.

May 15, 2020

Research shows that periodic breaks throughout the day don’t just provide valuable downtime—they also boost productivity while giving students opportunities to develop their creativity and social skills.

In fact, breaks are a key part of learning, helping students process what they’ve learned by consolidating memories and making connections to other ideas.

Physical activity breaks—such as a short exercise break in the classroom or during recess—also reduce stress and increase blood flow and oxygenation to the brain, helping to keep students’ brains sharp, healthy, and active.

To learn more and for links to the research, check out our article, Research-Tested Benefits of Breaks.

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