Coming from a family where you are always told to get good grades and study, and being a 7th grader that knows how hard it’s going to be in the future, I think that it’s very important for middle schoolers to schedule personal downtime in their busy schedules.
This isn’t a new concept. In some countries, they take mid-day siestas and close down shops. In this time, they can do whatever they need to do. They could also just relax, and do something that uses absolutely no brain power.
My friends and I are so busy with our out of school activities, while maintaining our grades in school, that we can get overwhelmed. It’s great to take a break every once in a while to reset your state of mind and get rid of stress.
I have downtime after I finish my homework or after my robotics meetings. One of my favorite things to do during my break is draw. It doesn’t require any thinking, and you can just let your hand move. You might be proud of what you make. Other things you can try are watching shows, being with friends, reading a book, taking a nap, and listening to your favorite music.
I find that after a nice break, I’m more alert and focused when I need to start another activity. I think every middle schooler should put personal break times into their weekly schedule.