Around this time of year your brain probably feels like road kill, midterms have sucked the light from your eyes and the bounce from your step. We all make explicit promises to ourselves that “this year will be different” and say confidently that “I will never procrastinate again!” Yeah, you know you were (extremely) wrong … and those all-nighters you pulled probably took their toll on both your hairstyle and mood. Let’s be real here for a minute: the vast majority of students know procrastination is a reality we choose to deny but it is ultimately inevitable. So how do you make the most out of those red-eye study sessions? How do you rid your hands of the red bull induced quiver? How do you reignite your hope for salvation?

Take. A. Break.

Don’t get too excited. I’m not talking about those breaks where you make 50 snacks, check all your social media platforms, investigate your split ends, clean your room, cry about your life, and then take a two-hour power nap. Don’t lie; I know when avoiding studying most of you have probably faked your own death in front of your dog just to see if he would do anything (chances are he did nothing anyway).

The kind of break I’m referring to is a quickie. Firstly, take your mind out of the gutter because this sort of quickie is for your brain to rejuvenate and relax. I’ve rounded up the top 5 YouTube videos that will help you laugh off the stress and ease your mind with a snappy brain reboot.

1.     Kid Snippets: “Math Class” (Imagined by Kids) – Bored Shorts TV

This channel uses the imagination of kids to create narratives for situations their parents act out. This particular video embodies how most of us feel in math class and the innocent humor is priceless.

 2.     Other Ways To Use Your Degree – JennaMarbles

This video will help you realize that although you are studying for hours on end, when you finally get your degree there is a multitude of ways you can use it that you never thought of before. It’ll surely bring you a reignited hope in the face of post-secondary doubts.

3.     Post BJ Problems – LifeAccordingToJimmy

Well as you may have guessed from reading the title, this video is PG-13. However, it’s provocative truth will definitely leave you with a laugh and at least 3 shares on Facebook.

4.     Seven Ways to Discipline Your Child – MisterEpicMann

From the user who brought you “How Animals Eat Their Food” comes a video as equally pointless and twice as stupid. This guy’s twisted rendition of child discipline is filled with loads of mind numbing humor.

 5.     How Guys Take a Shower – JennaMarbles

I know, I know, JennaMarbles made the list twice. It just so happens that this is one of her latest videos and one of the funniest she’s released in weeks. The prequel “How Girls Take a Shower” was a close second.

So use that integrity I know you have, watch ONLY one video an hour and accept the inevitable lack of sleep. Reckless procrastination is truly a part of the university experience; why not make the best of it?

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