Have you ever had that day when you feel like you have no more energy after learning all day long? Or maybe… when you feel exhausted and unmotivated during exams week from those complex lessons? Well, we know exactly the feeling, and taking a short break is sometimes never enough.
With all the pandemic madness, it’s become even worse. Everyone’s forced to have virtual learning, and getting direct support from your friends is no longer a thing. This obviously affects your motivation to learn.
Now, if you ever felt those things above within a high frequency, then you probably experienced what’s-so-called a study burnout. More than just feeling tired, study burnout can cause real psychosomatic problems such as insomnia, anxiety, or headaches.
However, no need to be afraid! It’s still considered a common issue, and the sooner you realize, the faster you can treat it with the right steps. So, how to overcome study burnout? Here are our tips!
1. Manage your time and set priorities
When we study, oftentimes, we just do it without knowing the real purpose behind it. To overcome that, you can start by managing and sorting out your time better.
Good time management skills can help you prioritize tasks, so you can complete assignments and school work on time without feeling burnout. Take your time to arrange your priorities and organize everything you should do for studying. Trust us, it can help you to reduce stress levels a lot better.
What’s the first thing you can do? Well, you can start by deciding which task is the most important thing to do right now. All your goals may seem important, but it’s also not wise to do all of them at one time. If you’re a newbie for this one, here’s our secret hacks: define your short-term and long-term goals.
A short-term goal is something you can do in the near future and only takes a few days or weeks to achieve. Additionally, they can also help you achieve your long-term goals better.
Let’s say you have a bunch of homeworks or assignments ahead. By including them into your short-term goals, you can submit them before the deadline, so you can do other activities on the other days.
Meanwhile, long-term goals are something you can do further in the future. They’re not something you can do these days or weeks, so you need more time and planning. It usually involves your big dream, like studying abroad. Obviously, you need several steps and planning before you can actually achieve it.
2. Take study breaks
The hardest part of studying is getting going. But, oftentimes, you may have felt too focused and doing endless hours of non-stop studying. This is one of the factors why you experience burnout.
Instead of forcing yourself to keep going on, you can take short breaks. After studying in intervals of one to two hours, try giving yourself 15 to 30 minutes breaks between each interval. Taking breaks can clear your head and make you feel more relaxed, hence, making your study sessions more efficient and effective.
There are so many things you can do when you take a break. You can take a walk outside, meditate, drink water, have some snacks or other things that you find enjoyable! Remember, it’s a break, so just relax and don’t even think about the lessons for a while.
3. Sleep and eat healthily
As a student, you should get the proper amount of sleep at night to help you stay focused, concentrate, and improve academic performance. That’s why we recommend you to sleep for at least 7 hours! Otherwise, you’re going to have a hard time to learn and concentrate due to lack of sleep.
According to one research in 2016, students who get the recommended hours of sleep regularly tend to experience better outcomes, including improved memory, behavior, emotional regulation, quality of life, and mental and physical health.
While maintaining a consistent sleep cycle is fairly crucial, you should also pay attention to what you eat. In fact, you can learn better when you’re well-nourished, and eating healthy food means upgraded health, memory, and information processing!
For starters, try eating more vegetables and fruits, and avoid too much fast food, sodas, and snacks. Just so you know, eating dark green vegetables such as spinach or broccoli, or maybe blueberries can improve your brain function and memory!
4. Make time for hobbies
You have learned endlessly the whole week. It’s been a long, long week. What now? Yup, time for self-reward!
Your form of self rewards might differ from some people, but there’s nothing better than spending the whole weekend on your hobbies! Besides boosting up your mood, spending time on your hobbies also improves your creativity, focus, and productivity. All in all, it’s a much-needed time to balance your life before going back on another week of studying to come.
So, those are the tips from us to avoid study burnouts. If you are probably experiencing this right now, just try them! Hopefully, it can be a helpful resource to overcome burnouts.
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