Exam days are long, projects pile up, and it seems like there is always something to study for. College students totally understand hard work, but sometimes that work just becomes too much. Seriously, we need to talk about burnout.
What is burnout?
Between studying for exam after exam and trying to impress everyone at your internship, stress is pretty common in college. Burnout is a whole different story. If you’ve noticed that your stress just isn’t going away, and it’s starting to affect other aspects of your life, there’s a chance that you’re experiencing burnout.
What are the signs?
On top of feeling stressed, check to see if you’re experiencing any more of these signs.
- Lack of motivation.
- Negative emotions or depression.
- Trouble concentrating.
- Secluding yourself from friends and activities you enjoy.
- Constantly thinking about your work, even outside of class and study sessions.
Many times, students experiencing burnout also start neglecting their own needs, which can lead to health issues down the line. Understanding these signs are important!
How to handle it.
You may have read through those signs and thought to yourself, “Wow, that’s me!” If so, have no fear. You can easily kick burnout to the curb with a little bit of work. How, you ask? Here’s what we suggest.
- Unplug for a bit and take a social media break.
- Listen to uplifting music.
- Make time for you favorite relaxing activities.
- Fine tune your organization skills.
- Learn to say “no” to excessive commitments.
- Get more sleep.
- Make your goals more realistic.
- Write out your day in a journal.
- Get a tutor if you’re struggling with schoolwork.
How do you manage burnout? Share your best tips and suggestions in the comments below.