Watching for Burnout and How to Recover From It

Written by Andreas Fields
Posted on December 6, 2021

With exams fast approaching after a long semester, you might be suffering from burnout. Burnout is a combination of feeling stressed, depressed, and overwhelmed, and it can be hard to shake. However, winter break is just around the corner, which can be one of the best times of the year to chill out and recharge. If this semester has you feeling stressed out beyond a healthy amount, keep reading for tips on recognizing and recovering from burnout.

#1: Identify what is burning you out

Have you been studying non-stop? Pouring hours of work into your student org? Working at your job all throughout Thanksgiving break? Whichever obligation it is, take note and be aware of what is taking up so much of your time. Brainstorm times and opportunities you may be able to pull back and focus more on yourself. And because you don’t have to worry about classes, winter break is an ideal time to put self care first.

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#2: Let other people know how you’re feeling

Whether it be a parent, best friend, roommate, or professor, tell someone how you’re feeling so that they’re able to watch out for you. It’s important to have a support system, and make sure you’re taking the time to look out for your friends and family too.

#3: Take an entire day off

Something that might feel really refreshing over winter break amidst holiday chaos is taking a whole day off. Turn off your phone and alarms, sleep in, and don’t feel required to do anything you don’t want to. Allowing yourself a full day to recharge will give you renewed energy for the next time you decide to start tackling more of your responsibilities.

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Student meditating

#4: Reach out for help

If you feel like too many assignments are being given to you at work, ask your boss or supervisor if they could reassign some to other co-workers while you get caught up. Ask your professors for extensions on certain assignments or projects if it seems like too many of them are piling up. More often than not, these people will be understanding and willing to help you get back on track. You can also visit the University Counseling Center for virtual or in-person professional support.

“Balance is usually the key,” advises Amber Roberts, the director of the University Counseling Center (UCC). “We do not want to be so busy and overwhelmed that we cannot experience joy or rest, nor do we want to be so unproductive that we have no purpose or meaning.”

By communicating how you’re feeling to others and taking some well-deserved time to yourself, you can manage symptoms of burnout and work towards becoming the best version of yourself.

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