De-Stressing Guide: Taking a Study Break

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A Note From the Editor: 

The first wave of midterms passed and somehow you’re still alive. Unfortunately, an unnecessary buildup of stress continues to develop and hover over every last bit of energy in your tired body. Here at MODA, we understand how stress can turn into your worst enemy. To lighten the post-traumatic stress from the first wave of midterms and to further prevent stress during the next wave, the MODA Lifestyle Staff assembled a De-Stressing Guide just for you. Don’t let stress consume you – live life to its best this semester.


by Andrew Connor, Lifestyle Writer


Laughter is the Best Medicine

While you may have to continually fight the urge to pull out your hair as you exhaust your supply of highlighters studying for those dreaded midterms, know that MODA is here to help you get through this rough time with fun study breaks.

Laughter is indeed the best medicine.  When your head hurts and you feel like giving up, a short break with a few laughs is guaranteed to raise your spirits. To help you out, here is a short list of things to take your mind off of cramming, even if it’s only for a little while.



Books: Anything written by David Sedaris


David Sedaris is a comedian and author, well-known for his short essay collections and his contributions to the radio show This American Life.  His stories are derived from real life experiences; however, they exaggerate for the sake of humor. David’s strange take on Americana is a must read for the discerning humor enthusiast. Because his books are compiled in series of short stories, they’re great for quick study breaks when you (understandably) don’t have the time to finish an entire novel between studying chapters of your textbook.


What makes Sedaris’s essay collections perfect for exam de-stressing is his folksy wisdom and humor.  In a time where you might feel overwhelmed by the weight of the world, David Sedaris’s bizarre and charming observations will put things into perspective. Perhaps what makes his writing so therapeutic, though, is the sarcastic yet calm demeanor in which he picks apart the American lifestyle.  While you may not “laugh out loud” at everything he has to say, I can guarantee that it will put a smile on your face.


Television Series: Derek


We all know the danger of starting a new television series; you become addicted and productivity decreases immensely.  Fortunately, you don’t need to feel like you’re playing with fire when it comes to Netflix’s original series, Derek. As of now, there are only 7 episodes of Derek, and are only about 20 minutes in length. The show is not nearly as bad as starting Breaking Bad during midterms.


Derek stars Ricky Gervais as an intellectually challenged middle age man who works in a nursing home.  Episodes center on Derek’s life at the home, and how he is affected by being around the elderly, and more importantly, how he affects them.  Fans of British humor are sure to love this show.


What sets Derek apart from other comedies, though, is how thoughtful and moving it appears for a 20-minute comedy.  Those who are familiar with Gervais’s work know that his characters are almost always arrogant and callous. However, Derek is always affable and kind, always finding the best in a bad situation.  Derek, then, appeals to the hopeful sucker in us all, and more than likely will keep your spirit high after a night of continuous studying.


Movie: The Big Lebowski


When compiling this list, it was important that the list would not contain such obvious study-break choices.  Then again, there is nothing wrong with a classic. In that light, this is why The Big Lebowski is by far one of the best movies for de-stressing for one simple fact: it is perhaps one of the funniest films ever made.


For those who haven’t seen this movie, Jeff Bridges plays Jeffery “Dude” Lebowski. Dude is a slacker who becomes involved in a kidnapping plot when he is mistaken for a Millionaire with the same name.  He enlists the help of his two best friends Walter (John Goodman) and Donnie (Steve Buscemi) to help him diffuse the situation; comedy ensues.


While David Sedaris and Derek will put a smile on your face, The Big Lebowski will have you laughing until you’re gasping for air. Let’s be honest, sometimes that is all you need to get you through a rough day of frustrating studying.

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