If you’re an active student like I am, you probably notice that burnout happens way more often than you expect. However, you can pretty much always anticipate burning out mid-semester, when the stakes are highest.
Of course, the best method of dealing with burnout is being wise enough to prevent it. If you do burn out, though, here are a few of my favorite ways to deal with overwhelming burnout:
You’ve probably heard how useful it is to mindfully focus on your thoughts for short periods of time, but it really does work. Taking five minutes to meditate when studying is becoming too much to handle will give you some peace of mind before the big exam. If you haven’t tried meditating, you can check out this Coursera mindfulness course. In a couple of days, you’ll see a clear difference in your state of mind.
Taking A Day Off
When you need to complete a billion tasks, submit piles of papers, and finish tons of courses, it’s hard to consider taking several hours off, let alone a whole day. Nonetheless, it is crucial to renew your energy so that you can complete everything that’s on your plate. If studying no longer seems to accomplish anything, give yourself a guilt-free day off. Get some sleep, see your closest friends, or take a walk. The next day, you’ll be much more productive.
Using Online Tools
Using all the resources that are available to you can help you succeed mid-semester. Try using an app that allows you to plan out your days to-do lists and deadline reminders. You can also try out free pdf tools that let you easily modify your files or a Pomodoro to help you balance studying and resting.
Getting Enough Sleep
Fear keeps many of us awake the night before a big test, but getting plenty of rest helps us better process the information that we learn. Even if you can’t get a full eight hours of sleep, try your best to not stay up for days on end. After all, regular sleep helps regulate our circadian rhythms, which can affect our focus on mentally consuming tasks.
All of us procrastinate, but procrastination can be a red flag that we aren’t in the right mindset to study. If you catch yourself procrastinating, try to figure out if you’re tired of studying hard or just bored, and then adjust your study schedule accordingly. If you find that you’re stalling because you’re studying too hard, don’t hesitate to take a day off!
The middle of the semester can be rough, which is why it’s important to know how to avoid and cope with burnout. No matter where you are in the process of studying for your exams, these tips will help you stay energized so that you can ace those big tests!