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Student Study Breaks

Check out this awesome guide to help you figure out what's what during Study Breaks! Study Breaks are put together by the Bellack Library, OSAS, and Operations at the end of each semester.

Winter 2019 Study Breaks are here!

Yoga: Kick off Study Breaks with a free one hour yoga class with instructor Talya Briana in Shouse 318 at 12 pm on Monday 12/2. Bring your own mat!

National Cookie Day: Fuel up for the final stretch with cookies in the Bellack Library for National Cookie Day on 12/4 starting at 12 pm.

Nap Nook: Stop by the Bellack Library Offices on the 4th floor of B38 from 9 am to 5pm weekdays starting 12/5 through 12/13 and take a nap in our cozy nap nook.

Art Therapy and Games: Find puzzles, coloring, crafts, games and more starting 12/5 through 12/14 in the Bellack Library + Study Commons (B38), The Student and Alumni Center (B39), 2CW and the Shouse 4th floor study lounge.

Therapy Dogs and SAP: Find the therapy dogs and representatives from the SAP in the Shouse lobby from 11 am to 2 pm on 12/9 and 12/10

Free Snacks: Visit the Student and Alumni Center, 2CW, Shouse 4th floor and/or the Bellack Library + Study Commons on 12/9 and 12/11 for more free snacks.

Follow Bellack Library (@bellacklibrary) and IHP Student Life (@ihpstudentlife) on Instagram for Study Breaks updates!

Creative and Fun Stress Relievers

  • ​Coloring sheets with crayons & markers
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Crosswords, Sudoku
  • Cards & Board games
  • Snowflake ornament decorations (library only)

LOCATIONS: Library, Student and Alumni Center, 2CW, & Shouse 4th floor


Creative activities like writing and drawing can boost energy, clear your mind and boost your mood -- even if you aren't artistic. Sure, it may seem juvenile to color but, if it works, why not? 

Don't believe us? Here are some articles to back it up:

  • How to Relieve Stress with Art Therapy
    • "A great way to use the act of drawing for stress relief is to maintain a sketch diary. Keeping a sketchbook can be a form of journaling, and it can be cathartic, creative, and stress relieving." 
  • Draw your Stress Out
    • "Wondering how to calm down in the midst of overwhelming deadlines? Grab a pencil. The rhythmic and repetitive motion of drawing helps synchronize hand and eye, body and mind, and can be used to elicit what Harvard cardiologist, Herbert Benson, has identified as the relaxation response."

(The Coveted) Nap Nook

B.Y.O.B. Nap Nook
(Bring Your Own Blanket Nap Nook)

Each study break, The Library creates a cozy nap nook for students to use during the day. If you are tired or you just find yourself needing a quiet moment, come up the Library Offices (across from the kitchenette and up the small staircase) and follow the sleeping cat signs to find it!

The hours of Nap Nook availability are typically 9am - 5pm.

What we provide in the Nap Nook:

  • Pillows
  • Fresh pillowcase for each person
  • Earplugs
  • Eye masks (limited quantity)
  • Noise Machines with different backgrounds
  • Comfortable chairs & foot stools & blinders between nap nook stations

Chill Out in the Nap Nook with our Meditation Resources

Maybe you don't need a nap. Maybe you need the Nap Nook to just chill out. Here are some great meditation resources to help you relax. Bring your headphones and phone and meditate away!


UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center

Chopra Center

Tara Branch and her YouTube channel

Fragrant Heart

Mindful Muscle

Mobile Apps:

Calm iOS or Android

Headspace iOS or Android

Stop, Breathe, & Think iOS 

Omvana iOS or Android