Dealing with Burnout
As we near the end of the first semester, burnout is very common among students. Staying awake in class becomes harder, assignments and homework appear more daunting, and everything is overwhelming. Fortunately, the winter break is upon us, and is a perfect opportunity to overcome burnout. Spending time sleeping, hanging out with friends or doing nothing are some beneficial ways to overcome burnout before school resumes in the new year.
Sleep is a very important factor to functioning well, and many students don’t get nearly enough sleep. Studies recognize that most Canadian teenagers get between 6.5-7.5 hours of sleep when they should be getting eight. Some students may also feel this average of sleep is much higher than theirs. But the break is a perfect opportunity to catch up on sleep, and to set a better sleep schedule. When the body gets enough sleep, it feels more energized and can function better, which can help with staying focused.
With all the assignments, homework, club activities and other extracurriculars, it can be hard to make time for family and friends. The more extroverted students may find it draining to be away from loved ones as well. There are many activities currently available over the break. Skating, sledding and hiking are some examples, all while following social distancing guidelines. If you’re more of a homebody, board games, video games, and virtual movie nights are all safe ways to hang out with family and friends.
There are many different ways to burn out, just as there are different solutions for different people. Some people may be drained from socializing, school, etc. In short, the break is a perfect opportunity to work on what makes you happy!
By Emma Assad