Burnout After Break

While Spring Break was a lot of fun and relaxing, it is sadly over. Being in the middle of the semester with one more midterm to go, I am completely burned out…I know that a lot of my fellow peers may be feeling the same way, so I wanted to share some tips with you guys about how I am trying to combat the lack of motivation and finish the semester strong!

  1. Continue that hobby

I’ve mentioned before in past blogs that I have regained my love for reading, and I got to do a bit of reading over the break. My advice is if you found something you loved over break, don’t stop doing it! Make time to prioritize yourself and spend time with the people and things you love! 

  1. Stay organized 

If I didn’t have a planner, I don’t know where I would be in life! While everyone is not a planner or calendar person, staying organized will help you feel a little less overwhelmed and allows you to look at your life from a tidier point of view. With so much going on, I recently color coordinated my planner to make sure I stay up to date! 

  1. Sleep well

Sleep is something that I got a lot of during break! Don’t stop sleeping well! Make it a priority to go to bed earlier or sleep in a little longer. I know when I feel rested, I feel less stressed, and am more likely to get through my daily tasks without those tiring burnout symptoms. 

  1. Be realistic and ask for help

In terms of setting realistic goals, it may take a little while for you to get back into the same routine. I know the amount of studying I could do in one night a week ago won’t work for me anymore, and that’s okay! Asking for help where it’s needed, and not expecting to be at the same level of discipline, is normal! 

  1. Be gentle, embrace the lack of motivation 

It can be easy for me to stay stuck on autopilot and not acknowledge what may be bothering my mental or physical being. However, all the emotions you and I are feeling are normal! I just want to express that we all need to embrace the feeling and know that nothing lasts forever! 

I hope everyone had the best break, and jumps back into school with a strong mind and stays focus on the end goal! We will all be successful in our own way, and I hope these tips helped anyone in need to finish the semester off strong!

*Below is an article about the five areas of life that require practices of self-care!


About Ashlynn Battle

Hello everyone! My name is Ashlynn Battle, and I am a junior at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), at the Universities of Shady Grove (USG). I was born in, ironically, the Shady Grove area, and have lived throughout the Germantown/Gaithersburg area my entire life! I recently graduated from Montgomery College with an Associate’s degree in Business, and I am currently studying Marketing at UMD’s R.H Smith School of Business at USG. I am currently working for the Montgomery County Recreation Department, where I lead about 20 elementary school children through an afternoon of recreational activities. I enjoy going out to eat, hanging out with friends and family, traveling, drawing, reading, writing, and listening to music. Although my current favorite thing to do is take my four-year-old energetic Maltipoo to the dog park!
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