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5 Ways to Avoid Burnout at the End of Second Semester

The end is near and summer is in sight. We can practically feel the warm sun on our skin and the breezing flowing through our hair. Break is just around the corner and our bodies are craving sleep and relaxation. This can lead to a lack in motivation and drive to get your work done and study. Here are 5 way to help get you through the rest of the year and avoid being burnt out.

1. Time management

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Splitting up your tasks and doing them little-by-little can make things so much easier. This means DO NOT wait until Sunday to get all your work done and study. That is what causes people to stress more than they have too. Make you work more manageable and it will make everything 10 times easier!

2. Give yourself downtime to relax on the daily

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Just having some time to yourself each day is what you will need to get through the end of the school year. Take some time to read, watch Netflix, meditate or just take a walk. If you are constantly working and not getting a chance to breathe, then you are bound to burn out before finals even come.

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3. Switch it up

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Switch up your work spots. If you’re in the same location every time you work, it can put you in a rut and you just gotta try new things! When the weather is nicer, try studying on the balcony located on the second floor of Exploratory Hall. It’s a great way to get work done with a beautiful view and fresh air. The Mix is also a great and fun place to work because of its relaxed and positive atmosphere!

4. Self-care is the best care

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Make sure you are taking care of yourself! Bad hygiene and health will only make things harder for you. Go to the gym and get your heart rate up, eat good foods that will fuel you each day and even do a facemask to help with those pesky stress pimples we all get. Taking some time to do something good for your body will leave you with a more optimistic view and ready to take on the rest of the semester.


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I cannot stress how important this is. We all hear it over and over again and there is a good reason for that. Less sleep can leave you feeling more stressed and with a higher feeling of anxiety each day. This could inevitably lead to lack of motivation or will to do you work and you’ll be burnt out! Do your body a favor and get that beauty rest! You will be so so grateful for it in the end.

Good luck on your midterms and keep on pushing, collegiettes. Summer is almost here!


Mackenzie Nelson

George Mason University '21

Mackenzie Nelson is a double major in Government and International Politics with a concentration in International Relations and Russian and Eurasian Studies with a concentration in Russian Language and Culture. She is passionate about politics and loves coffee. In the future, she hopes to work in public service.
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