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Academic burnout; how should you deal with it?

Overworking yourself will often lead to burnout, usually, burnout is your mind and body’s way of telling you to slow things down. It can be shown through insomnia, lack of motivation, inspiration, increased tension and headaches. The first part of treating academic burnout is recognition and acknowledgement of it, and some serious commitment to change your current habits. 

There are many ways you can change your habits and lifestyle to prevent burnout during school. 

For example, taking real breaks is essential to avoiding burnout. Go on vacation, enjoy your weekends, and truly give your mind rest.

Physical exercise also helps you get rid of negative energy and puts you at ease, try to exercise at least three times a week.

Studies have shown that going outside in nature reduces stress levels, so try to spend your free time outside!

Most important thing is to set reasonable goals, to make reasonable schedules, and to stick to them, use a calendar and set daily reminders to stay motivated to achieve deadlines. 

Practice mindful breathing, eating, socializing. Set aside time for yourself to decompress and reduce stress. Try mediation breaks throughout the day as well. Rearrange your schedule for a better work-life balance. Academic burnout will only get worse if you just keep pushing yourself and ignoring it.

Remember, it took you months or years to develop academic burnout and recovery will take time and commitment. Follow the above steps consistently and don’t give up and you’ll be on your way to a full recovery from student burnout.

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