If this was a normal year, we would be quickly approaching spring break. Needless to say, this year is far from normal. With only a few Wellness Days sprinkled into the calendar, many students may find themselves stuck in a mid-semester slump, lacking motivation and feeling exhausted. Here are some tips on avoiding burnout this semester.
1. Prioritize Time for Yourself
It can be far too easy to get caught up in the endless cycle of classes, meetings and assignments. Take time out of each day to do something you enjoy! Even if you have to write it in your planner, make it a priority. This can be as simple as getting in a good workout or cooking a nice dinner. By scheduling a brief period of time to do something that will benefit you, your mood will be lifted and you’ll feel more energized.
2. Get Outside
Take advantage of the weather as it begins to warm up! Spending time outside is a great way to get fresh air and your daily dose of Vitamin D. Studies have shown that there are numerous benefits to spending time outdoors, including the potential for improved mood and better concentration. The next time it’s warm and sunny out, grab some friends and head outside!
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Say No
With everything online, it can feel like school and work are 24/7 responsibilities, but this doesn’t have to be the case. If you feel yourself getting exhausted, say no to that extra meeting or say no to checking and responding to emails after 8PM. Recognize your limits and set boundaries to avoid overworking yourself and putting too much on your plate.
4. Learn to Ask for Help
Remember that there is no shame in asking for help when you need it. Life is hard and life during a pandemic is even harder. Turn to people you can trust when you’re feeling overwhelmed, confused or stressed. You’d be surprised at how willing people are to help you, especially at a school like JMU. Professors, classmates, friends and family are all great resources that can make your life easier!
The list of mid-semester slump avoiding advice could go on forever, but these tips are a good starting point. Remember to not be so hard on yourself! You are doing great and are destined for success. Keep it up!