Are You Burning Out?
By Joy Xu
Graphic by Lila Berger
Well, are you? With the first semester coming to a close, many students may experience what is known as “burnout.” According to the Mayo Clinic, “burnout” is a special type of work-related stress in which the individual may experience both physical and emotional exhaustion and a sense of reduced accomplishment. When I am especially overwhelmed with work, I end up feeling extremely stressed, yet I am unable to muster enough energy or motivation to get anything done. As a result, I just sit at my desk in a guilty pool of self-hatred going through my TikTok “For You” page. If you feel more anxious, less motivated, and generally more cynical attitude than your usual self, you may be burnt out. Lucky for you, here are some tips that I use to help get out of this spell – coming from someone who easily falls victim to it.
In the morning, I like writing down a few things that I am looking forward to in my day, as well as a light to-do list. I find that it enables me to appreciate little things I might otherwise let go unnoticed and set up some structure and motivation to go along with it in my day. At night, I write a little diary entry: a reflection of my day and a means to fully digest my thoughts and emotions.
Rely On Those Around You
As hard as it is (hopefully not just for me), try to be vulnerable to those who are willing to help you and support you. Whether it be your family, your friends, or your significant other, spending time with and allowing yourself to be vulnerable with them will make you feel safe and supported. If you can’t get back on your feet by yourself, let them lend a hand.
If you just can’t bring yourself to keep going through the day, so be it. Sleep. Tomorrow is a new start and another chance to get your things done – with 8+ hours of sleep too.