How to Handle Study Burnout

Feeling worked up when you just think about going to class? You might be struggling with study burnout. Here’s how to handle it.

Feeling irritated and tired all the time? If you get worked up when thinking about going to class, you might be struggling with study burnout. It is a lot more common than people think. Here’s how to handle study burnout.

Symptoms of Study Burnout 

There are many symptoms of study burnout, but we’ve listed the most common ones for you. Take note of these, and next time you feel really stressed, think about this list. 

  • Feeling depressed or trapped when you have to do your work
  • Decreased satisfaction with your work or the career you’re pursuing 
  • Missing deadlines or not getting your work done on time because of stress

How can I Treat Study Burnout? 

While assignments and qualifications await no one, taking care of yourself is still important. Now that you know the symptoms of study burnout, how do you go about treating it? Take a look at the list down below. 

Avoid Procrastination

When you’re stressed, you want to do as little work as possible. This is because it seems like you’re avoiding the things that stress you out. In the end, you’re only adding to it. So rather get your work done as soon as you can.

Get Moving

A healthy body is a healthy mind. By eating healthy and exercising, you’re creating healthy habits. Even a ten minute walk will do! When your mind is healthy, you’ll be able to focus longer without feeling exhausted and burned out. 

Take a Break

Family and friends can provide you with a support system. Not only that, the time you spend in a fun social environment can do wonders for your mind! Many people tend to feel guilty when they take a break, but it’s unnecessary. Taking a break is vital for your overall well-being! 

Create a Flexible Programme 

By creating a flexible programme, you never have to worry about doing the same thing every day. For many people, this helps to curb study burnout. So why not choose a college that can offer flexible qualification programmes like Skills Academy? We’re a distance learning college that offers a variety of courses.Worried that you can’t apply because you have no matric? No stress! We have a Matric Upgrade course, as well as Adult Matric

Woman laying on grass, her face tucked in between her arms. This is how you can handle study burnout

What are the 5 Stages of a Burnout? 

While you might already be in deep when you first start noticing the symptoms, it’s important to understand each stage of study burnout. By familiarising yourself with each phase, you’ll be able to notice when studying is taking its toll on you before it’s too late. 

The Honeymoon Phase

When starting something new – be it a job, a hobby, or even a series – we experience high levels of excitement. In the first phase of burnout, you may be experiencing some of the stresses that come with your assignments and your study material. 

Your Stress is Piling up

The second phase could be you realizing some days are more difficult than others. You may realize your optimism is fading. Your stress will start affecting your mentality, and have a toll on your body. Struggling to focus is another symptom to look out for at this stage. 

You’re Constantly Stressed 

Soon you’ll feel stressed on a frequent basis. You’ll constantly be irritable, withdraw yourself from your friends and you’ll always feel tired. You might even make use of more escapist activities, like procrastinating instead of getting your work done.

Burnout 

In this stage of a burnout, it becomes increasingly difficult to cope. It’s often very hard to continue like you normally would. Usually, it’s during this phase that you’ll start developing behavioural changes and have a negative outlook on life.  

Extreme Burnout 

During this phase, one should seriously seek help. Burnout can become a habit. This means that the symptoms associated with burnout are so constant that you’re likely to experience ongoing mental, emotional and physical problems. 

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Last Updated: June 22, 2021

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Vera Viljoen
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