What is burnout? Although you won’t see smoke coming out from your ears, it may feel like so. Students, with a barrage of things to do at home and in school, may experience this. Burnout is actually a psychological term. It refers to a condition of physical, mental and emotional exhaustion because of prolonged stress. Along with burnout are other symptoms such as frustration and low self-esteem. One feels lethargic and dissociated from all of their activities. Burnout happens to most people at some points, at varying degrees.
What Are The Symptoms of A Burnout?
What do you tend to do if you’re burnt out? Is there ever a time when you simply feel like sitting on the couch and watch Netflix for hours? Or get stuck in your computer dawdling on social media? Instead of working or studying, you decide to clean your closet instead. These are signs that you’re burning out. What are the other symptoms of this condition?
- Dragging yourself to go to school in the morning
- It’s too rigorous to get your day started
- Feeling irritable with technology or the people surrounding you
- You don’t have the energy to accomplish your tasks, and the thought of school leads you to get a nap
There is just a jumble of tasks that students have to attend to at home after school. Day-to-day, they merely don’t have to tackle their “to-do” list but have to augment it with their “left-on-the-list” undertakings from the day before. The typical school day thus becomes laden with a myriad of excuses and a hefty amount of stress. Siblings are always around, tending to be loud, the pets have to be fed, you need to take the garbage out, fold the laundry, along with other jobs and activities after school. How can you find time for school with all these chores to do? And there are heaps to do for your academic undertakings as well, such as class and reading sessions, assignment lessons and notes to take down, papers to write, communications with teachers, Math problems and labs to complete! As a high school student, you’re left with the dilemma of how to find enough time to do it all.
Hints To Follow For A Workable Routine
If you realize that you’re behind or burnt out, the first thing you should do is to create a schedule, one that will work for you. Whenever you feel tempted to linger in your computer, stop and build time for “brain breaks” instead. Moments like these that seem trivial can bring the fun back in your day. Be honest about how much you can accomplish and ask for help from the adults in your life, including your teachers. Make a list of what you need to do, what you have to do and what you can move to the next day. The key to this is to reduce your stress which in turn reduces the likelihood of you being burnt out.
Here are some hints that students can follow so that they can devise a workable routine:
- At the end of the day, create your “to-do” list for the next day. This endeavor can set you up for the following day. Having your tasks planned for the next day helps your brain relax on the night beforehand, leading to a restful sleep.
- Set-up a comfortable area for your schoolwork. Create an area that’s meant for your school work alone. The purpose of this is to prevent distractions. It may be different for each day, such as a space in your house for this day, that in your library the next day, and an area in your school on the following day.
- Switch the TV off. This isn’t a particularly easy task, but you’ll like its benefits. If you have learned to adapt to white noise or else the sound of the TV, try listening to classical music or film scores or stream some string quartets on the Internet.
Additional Strategies To Prevent A Burnout
- Don’t be such in a rush, but learn to slow down. Tackle your demands for the day slowly, but be wary of procrastinating, too.
- Exercise and be physically active. It doesn’t have to be heavy. A short walk with your dog would do or ride in your bicycle around the block.
- Understand the topics that cause you major stress in school. Are you having a difficult time with Math, or Reading, etc? Implement some strategies so that you can cope with them and reward yourself if you were able to carry them out.
- Walk off from the computer- sometimes. It’s okay to do so, and you can do it!
Take on each day that unfolds as a new day. Bad things may go off at times because life happens. You might get sick or need to refill your prescription, or worse, the toilet might overflow. But with a prepared and efficient schedule, you can create extra space and time to handle these unforeseen events.
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