How to Avoid Burnout

I have been working from home since the beginning of the shutdown in March 2020. As of late, I have been feeling slightly burned out as an effect of continuously being in the same space. The days seem to just roll into one another, and the weekends go by much quicker than they come around. It can be challenging to cope with the effects of burnout while still being expected to put full effort into your professional work and schoolwork. Here are some ways to deal with burnout:

Take Regular Breaks

I recently discovered the Pomodoro Technique. This is a system where you work in intervals of your choice. I like to do 30-minute intervals of work followed by a 5-minute break. This method ensures that I get work done and still take small breaks to regroup. After four rounds of this you can take a longer break.

Work Out Regularly

I know we hear working out as the answer to a lot of life’s problems, but it really is helpful in improving your mood and boosting your energy. It also helps to improve sleep, which a lot of us don’t get enough of.

Practice Meditation and Mindful Breathing

Meditation allows you to clear your mind to focus on what’s important. If you are new to meditation, you can start out with guided meditation to help keep you focused. I love using the Calm app, or you can simply look for guided meditation videos on YouTube.

Spend Time with Loved Ones

This last and simple way to battle burnout is to spend time with those who make you happy and energize you. Go to brunch, play games, have a picnic while the weather is still nice, or do anything else that you like to do. Being around others will help boost your spirits.

I hope these tips help to put some ease to your burnout. With the middle of the fall semester approaching, things will unfortunately get a little harder before they get easier. What are some things that you have practiced to deal with burnout?

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