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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at SBU chapter.

College can be an exciting time filled with new experiences, friendships and academic pursuits. However, for many students, it can also be a period of intense stress and pressure, leading to a phenomenon known as college burnout. Burnout, characterized by emotional exhaustion, cynicism and reduced efficacy, can significantly impact a student’s mental health and academic performance.

There are various factors contributing to college burnout, including academic pressure, financial concerns, social expectations and the challenges of balancing multiple responsibilities. The relentless pursuit of success, coupled with the fear of failure, can create a toxic cycle of stress and anxiety.

Recognizing the signs of burnout is crucial for proactive intervention. Symptoms may manifest differently for each individual but can include persistent fatigue, irritability, difficulty concentrating, withdrawal from social activities and a sense of detachment from one’s goals and interests.

Recently I have been experiencing college burnout myself. With finals coming up I would like to get back on track. Addressing college burnout requires a multifaceted approach that prioritizes self-care and mental wellness. Here are a few things that helped me start to get out of my burnout:

  1. Self-Assessment: Take time to reflect on your current stress levels and identify potential triggers of burnout. Understanding your limitations and needs is the first step towards seeking support.
  2. Time Management: Develop effective time management skills to balance academic commitments, extracurricular activities, work responsibilities and personal life. Prioritize tasks and set realistic goals to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
  3. Healthy Coping Mechanisms: Explore healthy coping mechanisms to manage stress and anxiety. This may include exercise, mindfulness meditation, journaling, creative expression or seeking support from friends, family or mental health professionals.
  4. Establish Boundaries: Learn to set boundaries and say no to additional commitments when necessary. It’s okay to prioritize your well-being and decline opportunities that may exacerbate feelings of overwhelm.
  5. Seek Support: Don’t hesitate to reach out for support from campus resources such as counseling services, peer support groups or academic advisors. Talking to someone can provide perspective, validation and practical strategies for managing stress.
  6. Self-Care Practices: Incorporate self-care practices into your daily routine to nurture your physical, emotional and mental well-being. This may include getting enough sleep, eating balanced meals, engaging in activities you enjoy and practicing relaxation techniques.
  7. Mindful Rest: Recognize the importance of rest and relaxation in combating burnout. Allow yourself time to recharge by scheduling regular breaks, engaging in hobbies or simply practicing mindfulness and being present in the moment.

By prioritizing mental wellness and adopting proactive strategies to manage stress, college students can navigate the challenges of academic life with resilience and vitality. Remember that seeking help is a sign of strength, and you’re not alone in facing the pressures of college. Together, we can cultivate a culture of support and compassion that promotes holistic well-being for all students.

Paityn Billard is a first-year member of the Her Campus at the SBU chapter. She plans on writing about literature, psychology of women, and anything else that comes to mind. Paityn is a currently a first-year student studying Psychology. Aside from Her Campus Paityn is involved with the SBU Bowling Club. She is heavily involved with her county's politics, such as campaign managing, and working for Oneida County Workforce Development. In her free time, Paityn enjoys reading, being outdoors, bowling, as well as hanging out with her family and pets at home.