I created this thread with the intention to generate discussion about "burn-out" with regards to its prevention and treatment.
I am sure I am not the only one who has felt burnt-out, at times, by stress. It is a frustrating experience, because it can happen during periods when productivity or responsibility is high priority--say, during finals week.
Of course, if procrastination is the source of the burn-out, the solution is simple: don't procrastinate.
However, what I wish to address is the burn-out which results from a constant state of exhaustion--despite sufficient planning and organization in one's work life--and often without the option of backing out on one's duties.
Take me, for example.
I wake at 0630 most days, eat breakfast, go to school (often early, to see my teachers or other students for study purposes), attend an extra-curricular activity after school, eat dinner, and work on homework (including scholarships) usually until after midnight, meditate, and go to sleep (I average 5-6 hours per night, during the week). I do my best to not waste any moment of my time--I only take breaks if I need to (5-10 minutes; usually no more than 20-30 minutes total in one night), and I try not to obsess over details or things which could be resolved over a few days.
Sometimes, I can't always fit in time for myself, and this extended eat-sleep-work routine really burns me out--physically, mentally, and emotionally.
I would like to generate discussion for people like me who feel like they sit in the same boat. It does not matter if you are in high school, college, graduate school, or living independently--stress is relative to the individual.
when there are no excuses for otherwise well-used time, what can be done to prevent burn-out? OR, if one is already burned-out, how can one recover?
For myself, I have the following methods:
- Deep breathing
- Refocusing on an easier task, which can bring a small sense of satisfaction (say, folding the laundry sitting on one's bed)
- Infantilism***used with extreme caution, for danger of over-exposure and subsequent behavioral spiraling***
- Listening to music
- Playing music (Yay for musicians!)
- Making art (yay for artists!)
- Cat nap (limit 20-40 minutes, to prevent drowsiness)
- Other stuff....
If you have another method to add to my list, please do not hesitate to do so...and if you have gone-through some tough times (like college or life/death situations) please take the time to share your experiences.
Thank you, and I appreciate any and all of your cooperation.