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Self-Care: How To Prevent Burnout

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As the school year comes to an end, it can be difficult to get through the last push. Many students are constantly busy with school work, clubs, sports and work or an internship. When life is getting busy it is very important to take care of yourself before it becomes too much.


One way to take care of yourself can be to indulge in all the skincare. For some people, this works best. This can range from putting on a face mask to getting your nails done or just taking a really, really, really long shower.

Treat yourself

We all love a good reason to go buy that sweatshirt we’ve been wanting. Yes, self-care can definitely involve treating yourself to some shopping. This can also be a reward to yourself for completing an assignment or getting an A on an exam. The sweat set is worth it, money always comes back.

Clean (everything)

Laundry, bathroom, surfaces, you name it. Cleaning is one of my favorite forms of self-care. This isn’t what people typically think of when they hear that word but it is a good way to occupy your mind while being productive. There is something about cleaning out my to-do list after vacuuming my room that makes me feel accomplished.

Friends & Family

I usually do my cleaning alone and after I’d love for some actual human interaction. Being fortunate to spend time with family or friends is so important. School catches up very quickly and we can lose track of time even if it’s just for a few hours sitting in the presence of your friends/family, watching a movie or making dinner. Social time is important to yourself and those relationships. These can be a good reminder of what you work so hard for and who you want to be proud of yourself.

Self-care comes in all different forms and these four don’t begin to cover them all. You can clean yourself and your apartment, buy new shoes or get dinner with friends. Partaking in activities like this throughout the school year or life in general will help you not burn out. Burnout is when school or a job becomes too much and not taking care of yourself will result in being emotionally, mentally and physically drained. As hard as you work, it is important to set time aside to take care of yourself so in the end you can be the best version of yourself.

Senior Psychology major at UNH with a minor in Communication.