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Dodge the Burnout How to effectively avoid burnout

Burnout is a state of prolonged stress that eventually leads to physical and emotional exhaustion, detachment, and feelings of ineffectiveness. A lot of factors lead to burnout such as consistent heavy work load, long study hours. Getting out of the slump when you’re burnt out can be challenging, so we should be in the look out of for ways to avoid burning out.

How exactly do we actively avoid burnout?

1. Know your limits. To recognize when you’re past your limit, you must first know where your line lies. The key is to pay attention to your body. Stress manifests different for you and me but it’s commonly fatigue, and unreasonable irritability.

2. Take ample breaks. May it be an afternoon power nap or a week-long vacation after putting in the work, make it to a point that you take the time to unplug and relax. You get more done when you’re recharged than when you’re pushing yourself beyond your limits.

3. Sleep early. If you can avoid staying up late, do so. Lack of sleep hinders productivity and just tires you the next day. If you study mostly at night, try waking up early instead.

4. Learn a new hobby. Take up a passion project or learn something you’ve always wanted to learn. These activities not only take your mind off your courses but also recharges you over the weekend.

5. Listen to your mind and body. As mentioned earlier, the key to avoiding burnout is being aware of your body and, of course, your mind. If your head is no longer cooperating when you’re trying to memorize stuff, listen. If your body’s weary, listen. These are signs that you need to rest and reset.

You don’t just wake up one day and realize that you’re burned out. It’s a process and it’s something we can prevent.


Carter, S.B. 2013, November 26. The Telltale Signs of Burnout… Do You Have Them?. Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/high-octane-women/201311/the-tell-tale-signs-burnout-do-you-have-them

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