Burnout can be toxic for your mental health
Start writing a post

Burnout can be toxic for your mental health

Burnout can be toxic for your mental health

With pending deadlines of assignments, midterms and other personal projects, it’s easy to feel burnt out. I always joke that burnout has been a recurring theme in my undergraduate career and now as a second/last semester graduate student. However, most students don’t necessarily know that they are feeling burnout. Let me ask you, dear reader, these questions.

  • Have you been feeling irritable or lethargic?
  • Have you been sleeping too much or too little?
  • Do you sometimes cry a lot uncontrollably?
  • Do you feel like what you’re doing doesn’t matter?

I know that these questions sound a lot like depression. But burnout can certainly coincide and lead to depressive symptoms.

To define the term of burnout, according to HelpGuide, burnout is a state of emotional, physical and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. In English: Maybe the reason you can’t get out of bed with your alarm going off twenty times in the morning, is because you feel so tired due to stress. You don’t have enough energy to keep up with the times and this can lead to feeling apathetic. I just want to reiterate that there are many types of burnout, but for simplicity purposes, I’m talking about burnout in the academic sense. There’s also job burnout, creative burnout among other types.

The simplest way to cure burnout is through self-care. Why? Well, when you take the time to self-reflect, and enjoy life in the moment while recognizing you’re a work in progress, you’ll likely find the root cause of your stress. Some of us wait too late until we’re knee deep in burnout. No shame to anyone who has been in such a situation. However, what happens when we feel burnout and don’t realize it until the last minute is that our perception on everything changes. In retrospect, you start to have a cynical mindset and it shows up in your attitude, the way you treat other people and ultimately, the way you feel and treat yourself. You might feel guilty if what I’m describing resonates with you. But this article is not to shame you. It’s to give you clarity and recognize what to do moving forward. While I won’t cover steps to overcoming burnout in this post, I will say recognizing the toxic effects of burnout is the first step to change.

Report this Content
Wrapped gifts on the floor

In an age where women are multi-faceted and have a wide range of interests, finding the perfect Christmas gift can sometimes feel like a challenge. But fear not - we've compiled a list of unique and thoughtful gift ideas specifically tailored to delight the women in your life. Whether she's a fashionista, a tech enthusiast, or a book lover, there's something here for every woman to make her holiday season extra special.

Keep Reading...Show less

5 Different Religions And Their Unique Christmas Celebrations

From Hanukkah Lights to Nativity Scenes: 5 Faiths' Unique Takes on the Christmas Spirit

Christmas traditions

The Holidays are a time for being with friends and family and celebrating the birth of Christ, but sometimes we forget to acknowledge the other religions and what they celebrate. Some religions like the Islam do not even celebrate Christmas and then you have others, the Buddhists, who use the holiday to practice their religion of spreading peace and goodwill. In no particular order, I would like to demonstrate a little culture about the ways Christmas is celebrated or is not celebrated throughout five different religions.

Keep Reading...Show less

12 Reasons Why I Love Christmas

What's Not To Love? But These Reasons Are Why Christmas Is Best

Young woman with open arms enjoying the snow on a street decorated with Christmas lights.

There are so many reasons why I love the Christmas time! Check out the joy that makes this time of year truly special, from festive traditions to heartwarming moments. Enjoy!

Keep Reading...Show less

A Beginner's Wine Appreciation Course

While I most certainly do not know everything, I feel like I know more than the average 21-year-old about vino, so I wrote this beginner's wine appreciate course to help YOU navigate the wine world and drink like a pro.

White wine being poured into a glass

Keep Reading...Show less
Types of ice cream

Who doesn't love ice cream? People from all over the world enjoy the frozen dessert, but different countries have their own twists on the classic treat.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments