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Recognizing Burnout as a Student

For the overscheduled, high-achieving, stressed-out millennial student who should just chill.

As a collegiate student, there is an underlying need to excel in academics for future endeavors like landing a high paying job or applying to another rigorous higher education program. Sometimes, to achieve those goals, many of us forego paying attention to the tell-tale signs that indicate it may be time to take a break from our busy and overscheduled lives. Ignoring signs of burnout can eventually lead to poor academic performance and anxiety. These examples described below exist along a continuum. The earlier you identify the signs, the better you will be able to avoid burnout. 

1.    Apathy toward assignments

At some point in a student’s academic career, they will loathe the idea of doing work. Which is normal. In the beginning, it will be easier to take a small break and then later resume your assignment to prevent stress. But, continually studying and working for long hours can lead to chronic stress. Without utilizing breaks, you may find that completion of assignments becomes harder.  

2.    Constantly feeling Tired

Our society places value in 24/7 multitasking and a high-density schedule. For those of us that are Type A personalities, it can feel like a requirement to fill our days with group projects, volunteering, and other extracurricular activity that will aid in success. Maintaining a busy schedule can be invigorating early on. But eventually, you began to feel physically and emotionally exhausted, drained and depleted. 

 3. Anxiousness

 Anxiety can cause a host of symptoms like increased tension, increased worry, and increased irritability. These feelings present themselves when tasks require energy and attention that you may not have. Everyday activities can become daunting and anxiety-producing. As you move closer to burnout, your anxious feelings may become severe enough to interfere with your ability to work and may cause problems in your personal life.

Take some time out of your day to analyze if you may be experiencing these symptoms. Prioritize your self-care and permit yourself to have downtime to recharge. 

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