How to Avoid Online High School Burnout

We’ve all been there before. Mindlessly staring at a computer screen, completely devoid of what might be on it. Or maybe you might be involved in so many activities or clubs, that it seems like your only break time is the 15 minutes in the car between student council meetings and soccer practice. If this sounds like one of your days, you might be at risk of serious burnout.

First identified in the 1970s, burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It mostly occurs when people feel overwhelmed and are unable to meet constant demands. Burnout can also cause long-term changes to the body that make people vulnerable to illnesses like colds and flu. And everyone is at risk of becoming overstressed, from Fortune 500 CEOs to 6-year-olds.

From bright-eyed and bushy-tailed first graders who suddenly balk at participating in school activities to star-student seniors who suddenly smash the snooze button well into first period, no one is immune to burnout. So as you continue on with your online high school classes and everyday activities, here are three ways to help you avoid burnout.

  • Slow and Steady. It is a well-known fact that students who are involved in extracurricular and outside activities generally perform better academically. It is also proven that some things are good in moderation. So while it is good to participate, if all the activities start to pile up, you may lose more than a few hours of sleep. If students begin to over schedule themselves, they are likely to become less focused and irritable. If this sounds like you, try and scale back some of your activities and schedule some time to just relax and recharge.
  • Avoid Boredom. If you can become burned out by doing too much, the same can be said if you don’t do enough. For some students, they are resigned to the fact of just doing their school work and nothing else. But this frame of mind can also lead to burnout. If you don’t feel challenged in school, you may also experience the same symptoms as burnout. So if you find yourself in need of a challenge, try enrolling in advanced classes or joining an extracurricular activity.
  • Stop, Drop, and Roll. What works for fire safety, can also help prevent burnout. Whenever you feel stressed and overwhelmed, just remember to stop, drop and roll. First, just stop and take a step back and take a personal inventory. Ask yourself, “Where are you now, and what do you want to accomplish today?” Second, drop something off your schedule that doesn’t need to be done today. This will help you prioritize and relieve stress. Finally, roll in a different direction. This can be anything from varying a daily routine to delegating a responsibility. If you do this, it is a great way to avoid burnout.

Hopefully these tips will help you the next time you feel a stressed and overwhelmed. Also, please remember that it is always a good idea to ask for help when you need it. Whether it’s a parent, friend or teacher, there are plenty of resources available to you. So the next time you are feeling the effects of burnout, remember these tips.

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~ by pinnaclepov2224 on February 24, 2010.

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