College Students: How to Avoid Burnout


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Your mind needs rest, too! Here are some ways for college students to avoid burnout during midterm season.

But first, what is burnout?

According to Dr. Leah Katz, a writer for Psych Today, “Burnout is the cluster of feelings/thoughts/behaviors that come about when we’ve held sustained stress for a long period of time.”

Some of the biggest signs that someone is experiencing burnout include physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism, and overall feelings of ineffectiveness.

A lot of college students will be entering a burnout as midterms come up and it’s important to keep track of how you’re feeling as you study to avoid information overload.

How to deal with burnout?

There’s a lot of different ways to deal with feeling burnt out, with the most important being: rest.

Banksy once said, “If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.”

Some ways to rest or collect yourself include self care. For example, getting good sleep, eating well, making sure you spend some time alone, or even just taking a walk can help someone feel better after a long day (or week)!

Check out some more ways listed below:

  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day
  • Engage in creative activity during your breaks
  • Listen to music that makes you happy
  • Take a day every week for yourself

How to avoid getting burnt out?

When you’re studying, you’ll want to start as early as you possibly can. Also, you should begin your sessions with the tasks that are easy or tasks that can be separated into small chunks.

Make yourself feel good while studying by doing a “what’s been done” list. Keeping track of your accomplishments gives yourself incentive to get more done.

Remember, sacrificing your mental health for some work progress is never worth it. Listen to your mind and body to tell when you need a break!