5 Ways to Stay Successful in College
Stress can cause serious problems. It is especially dangerous to college students dealing with a lot of changes in their lives. The phenomenon of young people getting critically tired and overwhelmed is known as a burnout. When asked, students described this state as a mix of depression, exhaustion, and helplessness. Some undergrads are so incapable of dealing with it they drop out. There are several factors contributing to burnout according to psychologists and several ways to prevent it from happening. Let’s have a look at some of them.
Exams period is the top time for burnout. Students who are badly prepared are so much more likely to fall victim to this phenomenon. Such simple things as using calendar apps, planners, and consulting syllabi can help keep track of due dates. Scary long-term aim can be broken down into easier to achieve short-term goals. Just make sure to stop procrastinating so you would not have to cram at the last moment before the exam.
Reasonable course schedule and goals
Most scientists say that it is wrong to equal stress to burnout. However, they are intimately connected. Mostly, accumulated occasional stress will lead to this phenomenon. Many students cause this phenomenon themselves by signing up for too many complicated courses, joining clubs and activities, and getting involved in an exorbitant amount of social engagements. A good idea is to be realistic about your abilities and have a combination of courses covering different subjects.
Eating and sleeping well are a clichéd college advice, but that does not make them any less true. Another good practice is to take up some form of exercising. It helps you deal with stress and tires your body so you can sleep better. If active exercising is not for you, try meditation or yoga.
Overstimulation has also been connected to burnout in school and at work. This is why the constant use of social media can be so dangerous. Getting some time off from school should not be limited to studying less. It should also include shutting down all social media accounts. Even if it’s just for a day, disconnecting should help immensely. Some of the very progressive Silicone Valley tech companies recommend this to their employees, so why not try tuning out yourself?
Help before burnout
As was mentioned before, burnout is a mix of different negative emotions. One of the most detrimental to students’ mental health is the feeling of isolation. Victims withdraw from people and have no one to describe their situation to. This is why it is important to set up and popularize various counseling centers that students can have easy access to. Another good resource of support would be friends and family, so, if someone is showing signs of burnout, encourage them to share their thoughts and feelings.
There are many ways to handle stress in a positive, productive way. If the situation gets bad for you, consult a physician for more information.