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

It’s that time of year before Thanksgiving break where all students feel burnt out. Teachers have been assigning essay on top of essay and squeezing in tests before break. Because of this, it is very easy to become stressed out. Don’t worry! Everyone feels the same way so hopefully these tips will help you manage burnout.

1. Prioritize self-care

Although this might sound self-explanatory, you must have good nutrition habits, sleep habits, and social connections. Put yourself first by doing an activity that makes you feel good. This might include reading your favorite book, journaling, or even just hanging out with a friend. You should take some time to focus on yourself because then your work can be completed more effectively. And don’t worry! It will all get done! Take some time to plan out your week or even day so you will be less stressed out. By seeing your work in front of you, it will become more rewarding when it is complete.

2. Reduce exposure to stress

The majority of the time, stress comes from ideas you create in your head. Don’t overthink your situation! If certain situations are stressing you out, take a deep breath and come back to it. While you shouldn’t avoid situations, it is okay to step away and do what’s best for you. Just make sure you are not letting the situation consume you. If you are stressed about anything, try breathing exercises or journaling about your day. This can be something you do in the morning or at night to calm you down. I promise when you reflect on your day you will see all the good things that come out of it, and you might be more productive than you think!

3. Stay connected to friends

Sometimes all I want to do after a long day is go into my bed, watch Netflix, and go to sleep. Instead, make sure you are still connecting with others. Social connections are so important and they can totally boost your mood. This is a great way to unwind and to forget about your stressors. Most of your friends are probably going through the same thing, so these connections will be appreciated by both parties.

4. Sleep!

Last but not least, sleep is so important to manage burn out. When you overwork yourself, your brain will stop retaining information. The average college student needs 7 hours of sleep and most do not get

that. Sleeping will make you feel better overall, so take a break from studying and sleep! Remember, coffee and energy drinks don’t substitute sleep.

Alex Dipre

Scranton '25

Hi! I'm Alex, an Early and Primary Education major. On my free time I like reading, listening to music, and hanging out with friends. One of my favorite quotes is "everything that is real was imagined first"