how to beat academic burnout
week six of uni. I'm extremely burnt out and overwhelmed (but also underwhelmed ... burnout is an emotional minefield). so, I turn to the two things I know best: blogging and procrastination.
what is burnout?
a uni student's worst nightmare. in layman's terms, burnout (specifically academic burnout) is what happens after pouring masses of work out in a short amount of time with no breaks. the proper definition is "a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands", which I am pretty sure almost every final year uni student can relate to right now.
we're in a ridiculous amount of debt: forking out £9250 this academic year for one day of teaching per week, no access to any facilities including library books (I'm looking at you, UAL), and yet we are still under the same amount of stress and pressure. something's not adding up.
how to deal with it?
TAKE A BREAK
if you start to notice that you are feeling burnt out by your workload, TAKE. A. BREAK. maybe it'll be a two hour break, maybe a two week break. who knows? do not put your work off to the last minute, because your suffering will infinitely increase.
CHANGE YOUR LOCATION
move from your bedroom to the living room, or to the kitchen, or OUTSIDE! a change of scenery is one of the best things to help burnout, writer's block, and whatever else is throwing you off your stride.
CHANGE YOUR TIMING
we now only have around eight and a half hours of daylight per day (hello, seasonal depression) AND this will probably decrease again as winter pushes on. with that being said, don't work into the later hours! don't stay up all night long working, because now you're sleep deprived and your work doesn't make any sense.
work EARLIER. i'm not telling you to wake up at 7am (it's still dark at that time anyway), but wake up early enough to get some work done before it gets dark again. you'll thank yourself, and you'll feel so much more productive.
DO SOMETHING ELSE
if, like me, your hobbies are on your digital devices, putting your phone and laptop away might be a bit of an issue. instead of closing your laptop, close your files. watch YouTube videos, binge watch a Netflix series, do some online shopping - anything that means you're taking a break from your workload.
if reading is your way of relaxing, I'd recommend The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America by Jim Acosta and Les Liaisons dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos (what Cruel Intentions was based on!)
probably the best (and free) stress relief that this world can offer. I don't like to exercise, but I do it because i know it makes me feel better. sweat your problems away!
I do Chloe Ting's workout because they are high energy, and you'll be too busy being in physical pain to worry about your work.
REMEMBER WHAT YOU ARE DOING THIS FOR
above all, you didn't get yourself into over £27k worth of debt for nothing. you went into your degree with high hopes and high expectations for your future. do not lose sight of your goals or how far you have come.
good luck, fellow year three students. we got this!
- thelittleboy xo