To sustain the effort required for learning complex new ideas, learners must maintain their motivation and energy, which are often very dependant on health and well-being.
Energy levels fluctuate throughout the day depending on chronotypes , so it’s best to schedule learning activities at times of day when energy levels are high. After periods of mental strain, the brain requires rest to recover from cognitive fatigue and return to top performance, so taking recovery breaks is a vital habit for effective learning. Training the mind through meditation is a way to train focus and quiet distracting mental noise, it also is believed to have a positive impact on health, well-being and cognitive function
Mental well-being and learning appear to have a reciprocal relationship. There is some evidence that well-being may predict academic success. Mental disorders such as depression and anxiety interfere with the ability to learn effectively.
Sleep is a surprisingly important factor in learning. Sleep deprivation interferes with cognitive ability and our ability to learn. Sleep plays an essential role in the formation of memory, particularly memory consolidation . Sleep also seems to play a role when learning a new skill reliant on procedural memory .
Physical activity also appears to improve certain aspects of cognitive ability, particularly working memory and semantic memory. Exercise also appears to delay the cognitive impairment that takes place as people age.