I’m sure we can all agree that attending college during a global pandemic is a less-than-desirable situation. Between Zoom fatigue, not being able to go to your local study spots, and the omnipresent threat of COVID-19, it’s safe to say our college experiences will go down in history. I have also moved back from my apartment in Chicago to my childhood bedroom, which has provided its own set of challenges that I’m sure some of you can relate to. With all this, I can see why I have been experiencing a lack of motivation, trouble sleeping, and the feeling of being ‘done’ with school- I 100% have burnout.
Feeling burnt out is something that many, if not all, college students feel at some point in their academic years. If you’re a perfectionist like me, you might find yourself constantly trying to overachieve, which can then lead to that feeling of burnout. I doubled up my course load this quarter with some community college classes, and trying to juggle 27 credits with my job at a restaurant and work with Her Campus has left me feeling overwhelmed and with low energy -- but that’s okay.
I know that I’m hard on myself, especially with academics, but now more than ever is the time to cut myself some slack, and for you to do the same. I’ve started journaling, trying new recipes, and carving out time to watch my favorite show (I’m totally binging Criminal Minds right now) to help deal with these feelings and to prioritize my happiness. Sometimes it is helpful to take media breaks and get in touch with your emotions-- most of us don’t take the time to really deal with them on a daily basis. Most of all though, I’m working to forgive myself and to allow myself the time to stay in touch with my feelings. We should be proud of the work we’ve accomplished; we are students, workers, friends, and family members who are just trying their best, and that’s all we can do.
[bf_image id="qfkxc3-86luyg-dulod9"] If you’re feeling stuck, some actionable tasks you can try include starting a journal and taking some time to write a little bit each day, treating yourself with a favorite study snack or drink, and trying to scope out a new COVID-safe study spot (think coffee shops, libraries, and parks- just be sure to check out local safety guidelines). As the weather is getting nicer I’ve also made an effort to go for a walk or a bike ride daily; anything that helps give you some clarity and peace is a great use of your time. If you’re experiencing feelings of burnout, know that you’re not alone. We’re all just trying our best during these unprecedented times, and finding a source of happiness- whether that be personal time or a TikTok binge- is something you deserve.