Tuesday, September 29, 2020
It is normal to feel a little overwhelmed or even stressed out while facing your studies' constant demands. According to a definition from Help Guide, "Burn out is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress." It is essential to note that burnout can reduce your productivity and drain your energy, leaving you helpless, lacking motivation, frustrated, and overwhelmed. Burnout symptoms can include feeling tired most of the time, a sense of failure, or self-doubt.
Here are six ways to fight these adverse effects and regain balance and positivity throughout your studies, career path, and personal life.
- Set Your Goals: It's easy to get caught up in life, leaving you feeling like you have put too much on your plate. Set a list of the realistic goals you want to complete each day instead of having an ever-growing list never gets achieved. Counting the little wins in your day will motivate you towards achieving more.
- Value Your Sleep: According to NHI (National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute), "Sleeping is a basic human need, like eating, drinking and breathing." Sleep is an essential component of balanced mental wellness. Let's be real; working hard 24 hours a day, always hustling, isn't realistic or healthy for you. Remember that you are human and ensure you get at least seven to nine hours of good, quality sleep every night. You can work more effectively is you are well-rested, and your brain will appreciate it.
- Ask for Help: If you broke your arm, you wouldn't be expected to tough it out; you'd get help. That is the same way you should be handling your mental health. Reach out to people close to you; this can be friends, family, a partner, instructors, or campus staff. They are in your life to support your growth and success, so don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
- Take Breaks: Working or studying all the time does not increase productivity or help you remember more information. A study by Stanford University found that productivity declines after a person works for over 50 hours a week. As you work hard in your classes, remember it's necessary to take short breaks to give your brain a chance to digest all of the newly learned information.
- Stay Active! Working out is an excellent way to release endorphins, which in turn boost your mood. You can start with stretching out, some light exercises, and a walk. Or, if you're really in the mood, add in some cardio.
- Treat Yourself: One of the best things about working hard is treating yourself well. Self-care is becoming increasingly important, especially as life gets hectic. Self-care tips include making yourself a nourishing breakfast, calling a loved one, or watching a movie at home.
Burnout doesn't have to take over your life if you are mindful of yourself and your surroundings. The same way you would take care of your body if you were to get a cold or flu, you should be mindful of your body's needs and a break. Take care of it right away. Remember that learning can be enriching as we at Reeves College wish you the best in your studies and new career journey. Share your tips to avoid burnout this semester by tagging us on our social channels!