Updated: May 12
If you are a student and you are experiencing insomnia, fatigue, increased irritability, lack of confidence, lack of inspiration and creativity, increased bad habits (i.e. overeating, staying up too late, decreased personal hygiene etc.), or feelings of overwhelm, you may be experiencing what is known as academic burnout.
Academic burnout is the exhaustion, frustration, lack of motivation, and difficulty concentrating that results from prolonged study.
The good news is that academic burnout can be treated! With early recognition and determination to push through, you can finish out your school year strong.
Below are some simple tips to help you overcome burnout and prevent it in the future:
Create reasonable goals. Try not to push yourself past your limits. Listen to your body when it is telling you that it needs a break!
Stick to deadlines and avoid procrastination. Procrastination simply pushes off stress to a later date. If you break up your assignments and work on things little by little, you will be able to stay on track and manage your stress level.
Make sure you are getting enough sleep. Adults should sleep for 7-9 hours per night. Getting the appropriate amount of sleep will help you remain energized and focused throughout the day.
Eat well-balanced meals and drink water. Your body needs nutrients...and water! Meeting your body’s nutritional needs will help you remain healthy and energized.
Make time for fun. When you are overwhelmed, it often feels as though having fun is out of the question, but it doesn’t have to be! Spend time with your friends and participate in activities that you love. Seriously, do it! I promised you will thank yourself later for taking a much needed break, plus you will make memories.
Make sure your mental health needs are being met. The symptoms of burnout can resemble that of depression or anxiety. If you feel your mental health is worsening, talk to a counselor or mental health professional. I know, I know...it sounds cliché but it really is important! By seeking help and prioritizing your mental health, you will learn how to manage your symptoms and feel supported throughout your academic journey.
Ask for help. When you sense yourself shutting down, talk to your teacher or professor. Utilize resources that are available to you in your school or on-campus. Remember that you have a team of people who support you and care about your success!
Alright, that’s it! I hope these points are helpful to you. As you move through your academic journey, I encourage you to pay attention to what your mind and your body are telling you. When you start to feel academic burnout hit, be sure to combat it as quickly as possible.
Good luck, I’m rooting for you!