How Not to Get Burned Out

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Adelyn Nowlan , Staff Writer

As we’ve seen especially in the past year, burnout is common among teens. It holds many teens back from their potential and all they need is a break. There are plenty of ways to avoid burnout and some only add minutes onto your daily schedule.

To begin with, creating a plan for each day or some kind of schedule takes a huge amount of stress off your shoulders. Having all your assignments and to-do’s floating around in your head while you’re trying to do other things creates a huge amount of stress and causes you to not be able to focus on the task at hand. Instead, your planner can take the stress off your mind.

As expected, your personal health has a huge affect on your stress level and helps with burnout. It’s as easy as eating better and drinking more water. Eating better can help counter the impact of stress by helping the immune system and lowering blood pressure. A healthy diet builds a solid foundation for your body and makes you feel better already. Getting enough sleep has the same effects. Most teens see going to bed at 1 am and waking up at 7 am a good routine. The six hours of sleep that provides increases the stress put on your body and being tired all day isn’t any help.

The easiest way to avoid burnout and stress is to take plenty of breaks throughout the day and set aside time for activities you enjoy. Of course, avoid procrastination and stick to your deadlines. On the other hand, breaks in between assignments and studying has a huge affect on your mental health and stress. If too many breaks are taken and assignments never actually get done, other problems and more stress is caused. This is where creating reasonable goals for yourself comes in handy. If you make a reasonable goal to finish a certain amount of assignments or study for a time period, you can avoid procrastination and still enjoy other activities.

Overall, burnout is incredibly common at this age and time. As the end of the year is getting closer and so are finals, it’s important to stick to a healthy lifestyle and keep your life organized to avoid burnout. With creating reasonable goals, having a planner, getting enough sleep, and changing your eating habits, burnout is much more avoidable.