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Avoiding Burnout: 11 Tips for College Students & Young Professionals

August 1, 2021

It’s easy to dismiss the possibility of burnout. When you’re young and firing on all cylinders, you feel like you can conquer the world. But burnout isn’t something that happens all at once. It creeps up on you and, before you know it, those cylinders are getting stuck.

Here are a few tips to help college students and young professionals keep that from happening.

Maintain Yourself & Your Stuff

Prioritize your health to keep yourself in shape for the long haul. Remember, this isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. And like any good marathon runner, you have to prepare ahead of time.

  • Set a regular sleep schedule
    • Go to sleep and wake up at roughly the same time every day. 
    • Avoid drinking caffeinated beverages or alcohol in the evening. 
    • Stay off electronics a couple of hours before bedtime.
  • Eat right. Carbs and sugar can give you short-term energy, but they can also cause you to crash. Mom was right: Eat your veggies.
  • Exercise. Shoot for 30 minutes a day, and it doesn’t have to be strenuous. A brisk walk, stretching, or a bike ride all work great.
  • Take care of your equipment. Just like your body and mind, it’s important to keep your most necessary tools in good condition. 
    • From your car to your computer to your clothes, cleaning your items regularly and according to instructions helps them last longer. 
    • Invest in protective cases for your electronics. 
    • Keep up with your car’s scheduled maintenance.
    • Assemble an emergency car kit, and keep it handy in case you need it.

Pace Yourself

  • Take breaks. The temptation to “power through” is real, but you’ll actually get your work done sooner if you take breaks periodically. Your brain can only focus for a limited time, and your body can only sit in one position for so long without getting antsy, achy, or both.
  • Set milestones. Don’t try to tackle everything at once. Mini-deadlines, or milestones, can help you feel like you’re making progress on your way to your ultimate goal.
  • Reward yourself. If you’ve accomplished a task, do something fun to reward yourself. It doesn’t have to be expensive — if you’re a student or just getting started professionally, you’re probably on a tight budget. Listen to some of your favorite music or watch an episode of your favorite show. Or get out of the house and go for a bike ride.

Set Boundaries

  • Focus on one thing at a time. Multitasking seems natural, but did you know it’s actually impossible to think about more than one thing at once? It can also be exhausting. Set priorities and focus on one thing at a time.
  • Make a schedule. If you’re working and going to school at the same time, it’s easy to let one interfere with the other. Plus, you’ll always have other interests competing for your time. Maximize your efficiency by making a schedule and sticking to it.
  • Avoid distractions. Once you’ve made a schedule, take steps to block out distractions so you can get things done:
    • Set up a home office and put a do-not-disturb sign on the door.
    • Let family and roommates know when you’ll be working and that you’ll be out of touch during that time.
    • Get a set of noise-canceling headphones.
  • Do something completely different. On your own time, recharge by doing something completely different than what you do at work or school. Learn something new, and switch things up.

Work and school are important, but your physical and mental health is important, too. Remember that, and you’ll be on your way to an even brighter future.

BIO: My name is Jessica Larson. I’m a married Midwestern mom and a solopreneur. I create online courses for students, and I’ve started and run several other businesses through the years. My goals are to support my family while still actually spending time with them, to act as an entrepreneurial role model for my two daughters, and to share what I’ve learned through The Solopreneur Journal.

Student Life

How to Fight College Student Burnout

July 29, 2021

Burnout in college as a student is a significant ordeal. And if you are a parent, mentor, or professor looking to find ways to help your students make the most of their college experiences without losing sight of what is most important, obtaining their degree, you have come to the right place. There are some great ideas below to help prevent student burnout.

Evaluate Course Load

One of the quickest ways to burn out in college, particularly as a new student, is to take too many courses at once. Perhaps it would be best to use this time to take a look at your student’s college courses and go over each and everyone together. Help your student determine which types of courses are needed to achieve their degree, and which are geared more towards their personal interests.

If you find that their major classes are the ones that are most challenging, it might help to limit those courses to no more than two or three per semester. You want to help them work towards getting their degree without having the experience become overwhelming.

On the other hand, if their personal interest courses require too much time, have them consider cutting back on those in the future and adding courses that will be less time-consuming. The ultimate goal is to balance courses each semester so that the student is academically challenged but also has enough free time to engage in other activities.

Ask for Help

If, after going through the course requirements, it becomes clear that the courses are needed, but they need help with the homework or concepts that are discussed in class, finding a tutor may be beneficial. Many colleges offer tutoring in a variety of subjects to help students become more comfortable with the subject matter. Making use of their available resources can make all the difference in alleviating burnout and getting good grades.

Another area perfect for getting additional academic support is for graduate school entrance exams. The most challenging tests tend to be for the sciences, medicine, and law. And while preparing for any test requires a certain level of dedication and commitment, MCAT tutoring, for example, can help provide the skills needed to get into the best medical schools.

Carve Out Self-Care Time

Another aspect of college life is that there are always so many activities to enjoy. From parties to conferences, and everything in between, having the ability to take part in so much often can seem like college students should stretch themselves to the limit to take advantage of the available opportunities.

However, learning to take care of themselves and their health is a major part of transitioning to being an adult. And one of the most vital aspects of this is figuring out which events and activities are most enjoyable versus those that provide mild entertainment.

Focus on helping them navigate this area by discussing which activities have provided them with the most information or closest friendships. Are there just one or two clubs that they tend to enjoy most? If so, perhaps they should focus their time on these events and meetings and only occasionally frequent others until they feel less burned out.

Get Into a Healthy Routine

Now that the core of college has been addressed, it is vital to take a look at the college student’s health. To prevent and recover from burnout, living a healthy lifestyle is a prerequisite.

Help them navigate better eating habits. And note, that does not mean all they can eat is a salad. However, having a few servings of vegetables and fruit instead of French fries can be a great start. Teach the importance of taking small healthy actions each day that can add up to a much healthier lifestyle overall.

And lastly, it is important to use exercise and movement to maintain health. There is no need to go to the gym every day. But trying to get in an extra ten minutes or so of walking a day can play a great role in helping them to feel better.

Working together with college students to find ways to prevent burnout can be key to helping them achieve success. Utilizing the above tips can provide a strong foundation for how to start to intervene if college life becomes too stressful.