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Tips to avoiding academic burnout

Academic burnout can happen anytime – but especially in the home stretch of a semester. As you move into the latter half of the spring semester, make sure you recognize the signs of burnout and take action to avoid it.

Some common ways to know if you have academic burnout are:

  • Feeling exhausted no matter how much sleep you get
  • Lacking motivation to attend class or start assignments
  • Lacking inspiration and creativity to bring to projects and class discussions
  • Incapability to meet important deadlines
  • Higher frequency of illness due to stress and exhaustion
  • Increase in bad habits such as overeating, staying up too late, nail biting, or any other habits you tend to acquire when you are stressed or not taking care of yourself
  • Inability to concentrate on schoolwork
  • Feeling bored or uninterested in aspects of school or areas of leisure that you used to enjoy
  • Feelings of anxiety or depression

Some ways to prevent academic burnout:

  • Plan a time multiple times a week for areas of leisure that you enjoy.
  • Try to exercise at least three times a week. Ketcham Community Center is free for all NCMC students!
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Eat healthy foods that fuel your body.
  • Spend time outside! Visit Crowder State Park and spend some time in nature, studies show it reduces stress levels! Crowder is located 5 miles from the NCMC main campus.
  • Make time for social activities on campus by joining a club or organization or attend a sporting event.
  • Develop good relationships with your instructors and classmates, by doing so you won’t feel like going to class is a chore.
  • Set goals for yourself.
  • Avoid procrastination.

If you feel as though you’d like to talk about your academic stressors, contact Counseling Services. You’re doing great, Pirates! Make sure to use these tips to end the semester relaxed and feeling great.