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How to avoid burnout at uni

Hi everyone,

Its getting to that sort of stressful period at uni where everyone has assignments due in or have exams soon. So i thought id create thread, sharing some tips on how to avoid burn out!

If you have any more tips on how to avoid feeling overwhelmed or burnout leave them below!


Create Realistic Goals: Set achievable short-term and long-term goals. Break down larger tasks into smaller, manageable steps. This not only makes your workload seem less overwhelming but also provides a sense of accomplishment as you complete each step.


Establish a Consistent Routine: Develop a daily schedule that includes dedicated time for studying, breaks, and relaxation. Consistency fosters a sense of control and stability, reducing the likelihood of feeling overwhelmed.


Prioritize Self-Care: Make self-care a non-negotiable part of your routine. Ensure you get adequate sleep, eat nourishing meals, and engage in activities that bring you joy. Taking care of your physical and mental well-being is essential for sustained academic success.


Know Your Limits: Understand when to say no. Overcommitting to extracurricular activities or taking on too many courses can lead to burnout. It's okay to decline additional responsibilities if it means preserving your mental and physical health.


Take Breaks and Practice Mindfulness: Integrate short breaks into your study sessions to refresh your mind. Consider incorporating mindfulness techniques, such as meditation or deep breathing exercises, to reduce stress and increase focus.


Stay Connected: Build a support system of friends, family, and classmates. Share your challenges and successes with others, and don't hesitate to seek help when needed. Connection with others can provide emotional support and perspective.


Set Boundaries: Establish clear boundaries between academic and personal life. Designate specific times for studying and leisure, and avoid working in your relaxation spaces. This separation helps prevent feelings of being constantly overwhelmed.


Celebrate Achievements: Acknowledge and celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how small. Rewarding yourself for completing tasks reinforces positive behavior and boosts motivation.


Switch Up Your Study Environment: Change your study environment occasionally to prevent monotony. A new setting can stimulate creativity and make the learning process more engaging.


Seek Professional Help if Needed: If you find yourself consistently struggling with burnout, consider talking to a counselor or mental health professional. They can provide valuable strategies and support tailored to your individual needs.

Good luck everyone!

Suzan (Senior Student Ambassador)

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