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What are the 3 best ways to keep your brain sharp over winter break?

Breaks from school are usually much needed and enjoyed. We get to spend time with friends and family, take that vacation that we've been planning for the past 6 months or just simply get to relax. While winter break is fun, we don't want to come back to school thinking "Huh? What is all this again?" Here are a few great ways to remain refreshed while over winter break.
 
1. Read a book. A couple weeks from school is a great opportunity to delve into a new world. Whether it be a mystery book or action-adventure novel, reading is a great way to keep your mind sharp. You have the chance to expand your vocabulary, discover new things and you can do it all at your own pace! Studies show that reading is not only good at keeping your mind sharp but it's healthy for your body overall. Reading is something that we do, it's an action and therefore some muscles in our body our working. It increases our attention span and makes us feel less sluggish. Instead of watching television for several hours a night, pick up a good book instead and see if you can feel a change in your body and mind.
 
2. Challenge your brain. Crossword puzzles, sodoku puzzles, word searches, jigsaw puzzles and more! They make you think strategically and far outside the box, sometimes! Puzzles improve your critical thinking and memory and what is more important than memory when you are trying to remember everything over a break?! 
 
3. Review a bit! And finally, the best way to keep your brain sharp over break is to review and study a bit of what you recently learned. You are on break so this is a good time to use that break but that doesn't mean you have to go completely dry, does it? Maybe once a week, you can look over what you have been doing in class. Find out why you miss those questions on the last test or homework assignment. Do you have a long term project or essay you can begin? Maybe you can look ahead and get a head start on what you're going to be doing when you return from break. Spend a couple hours a week with your schoolwork and books and you are ensured to be prepared when your break is over!