We’re talking stress today, folks. It’s easy to push it to the back burner and say you’ll address it later, but there’s no time like the present. Studies show that chronic stress contributes to depression, heart disease, and autoimmune disorders – so take care of yourself!
Three types of burnout
When you’re feeling burned out, it might be best to take a step back and think about why you’re feeling that way. A 2014 survey from the University of Zaragoza in Spain showed that people experiencing burnout typically feel overloaded, under-challenged, or a bit neglectful. In other words, you might have too much work or work that’s too easy, or you might even feel like the work you’re doing isn’t worth it. In any case, there’s a solution for you. Consider your workload and your own feelings before figuring out the best way to move forward.
De-stress and keep going
No matter what kind of burnout you’re experiencing, it’s important to focus only on the things you can control. Don’t forget to keep some positive structure in your day, even when you’re in the throes of a mid-semester crisis. One of the most effective ways to prevent and address burnout is to keep taking care of yourself, whatever that may mean to you. Look out for #1 (that’s you) and you’ll feel refreshed in no time.
How to beat burnout
Clear your mind
If it feels like you have a zillion thoughts zooming around in your brain, trust me — you’re not alone. On any given day, you might be studying for a test, cranking out that giant paper, practicing the piano, going to the gym, pondering what you’ll have for dinner, thinking about grabbing coffee with a friend in the morning… The obligations stack up fast, and they can get pretty overwhelming.
You’ll be infinitely more productive if you get all those extra thoughts out of your head and focus on the task at hand. It seems like it’s easier said than done, but Jim Stone, a Productivity and Creativity Consultant on Quora (yeah, apparently that’s a real job), has a system figured out.
By getting all your thoughts out on paper, you’re actually physically making more room for other, more important thoughts. Stone’s method involves writing your thoughts in three columns, then telling the ones you want to get rid of — yes, out loud — that their services are no longer needed. If that’s not your style, just try jotting them all down on a piece of scrap paper and chucking it in the trash can. Guaranteed, you’ll feel freer, clearer, and ready to tackle whatever’s in front of you. You got this.
Ways to feel zen
Monday Shower Thoughts
- “If you are a pessimist, you are never going to be disappointed” is a very optimistic attitude to being a pessimist.
- If you live by yourself, you are your own family, and therefore don’t have to feel guilty about eating the whole bag of family size chips.
- Until you actually fall asleep all you’re doing is pretending to be asleep.
- If you spell ‘and’ out loud, loud enough, there’s a possibility someone named Andy will reply.
- Mochas are the Arnold Palmers of coffee.
5 Essential Factors for Being a Naturally High-Energy Student
Heading to college classes, working, staying healthy, and finding time to study, eat, sleep, and socialize all require energy. But there is only so much natural energy that each of us has to carry us throughout the day before we are simply exhausted… But by managing things like diet, exercise, study habits, social habits, and sleep schedules, we can better maintain our energy level and help it to last longer throughout the day.
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