Six Tips for Avoiding Burnout This Semester

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Marina Alonzo/Staff Writer 

Feeling burnt out is normal for students, but during another virtual semester and working from home can cause increased stress. We put together some tips on how to avoid that. 

Get Involved on Campus

Education professionals and psychologists at Korea University and Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea conducted a study in 2018 that showed students that showed signs of burnout felt that they did not have support from their families and peers. To avoid burnout, students should schedule time with their friends and possibly try to find a club or organization on campus that interests them. FIU offers many virtual events that are great for students who want to be involved on campus and want to stay connected to their peers.

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Turn On Do Not Disturb

A study conducted at the Pedagogical University of Krakow, Poland in 2019 discovered that student burnout is connected to social media use. So, take some time during the day and turn on Do Not Disturb even if it’s just for an hour a day. During this time students should take time to work on their tasks for the day without any distractions. The Pomodoro Technique usually works very well for students who are trying to improve their productivity. There are apps and timers for free.

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Pick a Time to be Productive

Everyone has a specific time during the day where they feel the most energetic and productive. Whether that’s bright and early or late at night, scheduling the day around those hours will help with productivity and self-esteem. The Review of Economics and Statistics at MIT conducted research by looking at middle and high school students’ schedules to see which times of the day students got better grades. Their results came out that their students got higher grades in their morning classes. This article has a lot of tips about the most productive time of the day.

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Practice Healthy Sleep Habits

Sleeping habits can make or break a whole day. Adults are supposed to sleep seven to nine hours, and as students that’s not always common. Faculty at the University of Connecticut and the University of Pennsylvania conducted a study in 2016 about the correlation between inadequate sleep and student burn out. Although it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day, sleep deprivation affects productivity and causes burnout.

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Find the Fun in Creating a Routine

Schedules don’t always go as planned, but at least having one is a start. Creating a schedule can help with productivity, especially if being creative is a priority. There are fun and creative ways to plan a routine and a ton of great Bullet Journal boards on Pinterest. There are also simpler options that might be better for some, either using Notes or Calendar on an iPhone, iPad, or any Apple product might be more beneficial for some as it is portable and no need for extra backpack space.

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Schedule Meals

Students are taught about the value and importance of nutrition and how food can determine people’s energy levels. Eating scheduled meals will help the mind feel more energetic and productive. Also scheduling meals is important so they don’t interfere with sleep schedules. FIU provides a lot of restaurants and services on campus and there are many recipes online for remote and online students. 

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