As deadlines pile up, you’re going to feel pulled in more directions than you can count. It’s a natural part of the student experience and can lead to feeling completely burnt out.
You may feel like you can’t read another word, or write another paper. You may even question your major or area of study while wondering whether or not you’re cut out for any of this.
But before you do anything drastic (like dropping out), try implementing the following tips to take the weight of the world and put it somewhere else for a while.
Ways You Can Beat Student Burnout
Hug your online friends
You don’t have as much time as you used to, so getting out to see friends can be a challenge. You can Facebook, Tweet, or IM your friends during a quick break. Your friends can be a much-needed source of quick laughs or rant sessions, which will make you feel better. So pop online to feel connected, but keep your time there limited.
Know Your Limits
You have limitations. Everyone does. So know yours and don’t push yourself past them. Setting giant lofty goals may seem like a good idea, but unattainable goals lead to disappointment, which leads to feeling completely overwhelmed.
Reading, writing, breaks, meals, everything. Make a schedule to map out everything you need to do completely. Giving a task a block of time is right because ticking it off your to-do list will help you feel productive and on top of everything. Don’t forget to schedule your breaks and social outings. You need them, and you need them to be regimented.
Know You’re Not Alone
First, know that you’re not the only one feeling this way. Second, know that there are people who can help. Talk to the school councilors when you’re feeling the pinch. They CAN help.