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Managing Burnout

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

 As we approach the halfway point of this semester, it’s easy to feel burnout and exhaustion from your busy and ever-growing schedule. For your success, it’s important to recognize those signs and to prioritize how to best manage them. 

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Signs of Burnout

By definition, burnout is the state of emotional, physical and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress in the professional setting , or in our case — college life. So how do we recognize when we’re experiencing burnout?

Psychological symptoms:

  • Reduced performance and productivity
  • Anxiety
  • Detachment
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Lack of Creativity
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of purpose
  • Frustration
  • Absenteeism

Physical Symptoms:

  • Exhaustion
  • Generalized aches
  • Headaches
  • Hypertension
  • Difficulty sleeping and/or disrupted sleep cycle
  • Muscle tension


Causes of Burnout

  • An overwhelming workload

    • If you feel like your homework is piling up and you can’t seem to make a dent in the load, try assessing how well you’re planning your weekly schedule and prioritizing your work and personal life.

  • Perceived lack of control

    • Maybe you feel like you lack access to resources or a real say in how your time is delegated – this sense of lack of control can take a toll on your well-being.

  • Community

    • Are the peers around you creating a positive environment for you to seek support and encouragement? Having a community that charges your battery is essential to a healthy state of mind. If that’s something you struggle with, setting personal boundaries could be a good place to start. If you are looking to find your community, check out OSU clubs and organizations on CampusLink!

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What do I do to stop feeling burned out?

  • Change it up. Try switching up your daily routine. Switching up your “norm” can be refreshing and give you new perspectives!

  • Reevaluate. Take a step back and assess the areas in your life that you feel need more attention. Are you able to give the necessary time and effort to all your commitments?

  • Reach out. OSU offers several mental health resources that could assist you in navigating this process.

Don’t let the feeling of burnout discourage you or shake your confidence. Honestly, it’s a common feeling as a college student or in the professional work environment and the reality is, we’ll all likely experience it at some point. The good news is — it doesn’t last forever. You’ve got this!

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