Do You Make These 7 Mistakes That Lead To Burnout?

Tired StudentThis is part two of my series on college burnout.  In part one, I examined some of the symptoms burnout victims experience.

Ranging from loss of motivation to lowered immunity, these symptoms can provide a major setback in a student’s study plan – perhaps forcing him to finish school later!

Obviously, everyone wants to avoid college burnout, but how is it to be avoided?  What causes burnout?  Today, I will explain seven of the most common causes of college burnout.

#1  Too Large of A Course Load

If you try to do too many courses at once, the stress can become overwhelming.  When taking on a large course load, be ready to reduce it quickly if the stress rises too much.

#2  Too Little Sleep

College students are infamous for getting too little sleep.  In addition to damaging your study skills and physical health, the lack of sleep also contributes to college burnout.

#3  No “Free” Time

This is very rarely a problem.  Most people have trouble working enough; very few work too much.  However, if you do work too much and do not take the time to occasionally read a book or complete some other relaxing activity, you are a likely candidate for college burnout.  Reduce your schedule and add some time for relaxation.

#4  Too Little Social Interaction

We humans are made to interact with each other.  If you are too busy to spend much time with other people, it will simply add to your stress.

#5  Impossible Requirements

If you are enrolled in a class that is too hard, it can be lead to college burnout.  While a challenge is good, to large of a challenge can be too stressful.  Children don’t take Algebra in first grade; they build up over time.

#6  Bad Fit For Your Major

Sometimes college burnout is a result of choosing the wrong major.  To avoid this problem, be very careful when choosing your major.  If you have already chosen you major and are now afraid it is a bad fit, try to find a career counselor to talk with.  While changing majors is expensive in terms of time and money, sometimes it is necessary.

#7  Pessimism

Pessimists feel more threatened and endangered than optimists. Because of this, pessimists add unnecessary stress to their daily tasks.  Thankfully, optimism can be learned, so start trying to think the best and not the worst.

If you avoid making these common mistakes, you will almost certainly avoid college burnout.  Carefully monitor your stress and keep it at a useful level.

In the next (and last) post in this series, I will explain some of the cures for college burnout.  Subscribe to be notified when that post is published!

Are you making any of these mistakes?

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