Why is it good to take a break?
In the Creation story, God spends six days creating and then rests of the Seventh. He then enshrined the rest day in the Law as "The Sabbath". Jesus agreed with setting aside a day of rest as the Sabbath, even as he criticized the Pharisees for elevating it above the needs of human beings.
Recent studies have backed up the human need for rest, repeatedly, especially for brain work.
Mental concentration is similar to a muscle, says John P. Trougakos, an assistant management professor at the University of Toronto Scarborough and the Rotman School of Management. It becomes fatigued after sustained use and needs a rest period before it can recover, he explains — much as a weight lifter needs rest before doing a second round of repetitions at the gym.
Don't underestimate the need for rest as we look towards another year of Bible Quizzing. Preparation is good. Learning is good. But September is still a long way away.