If you’re an overachiever like me, burnout is probably your middle name. I’ve always put too much on my plate and it is really really hard to get yourself to breathe and take a step back. Here’s what has been working for me this semester on how to avoid burning out (especially in Pharmacy School).
Learn when to say yes and when to say no. I mean it. I’m an overachiever so I know how hard it is to say no to things that you want to do (or other people want you to do). It’s important to prioritize important things above others. This way, you make sure you don’t burn out. Say no to the things that aren’t important in growing you as a person, making you happy, and your career.
Pamper yourself. Okay, so I had to throw this one in. I absolutely LOVE a pamper night. My favorite thing to do after a long day is have a relaxing bubble bath and put on a face mask. It is so relaxing and honestly, it’s one of the main things that help me avoid burnout.
Do things that you enjoy and remember to take breaks. It is OKAY to take breaks. It is OKAY to go hang out with friends. It is OKAY to do something fun. You will not survive college without burnout if you do not do things that you enjoy.
Set reasonable goals and stick to them. You can’t expect yourself to stick to goals that are unreasonable. Also, you need to make sure that your goals are focused.
Take a break from social media. I’m not saying every day, but it will definitely be a good idea to take a break from social media. It’s crazy how much a social media cleanse will help your mental health. I’ve done two so far.
Stay organized. Organization is the key to success in all areas of your life. Keeping an organized life means keeping an organized mind.
Do something to free your mind every day. This can be anything. Journalling, meditation, devotion, etc. Personally, I like to write down 3 good things about the day. This helps me stay thankful for everything good that is happening in my life and try to stop worrying about what isn’t going so well. I think it helps a lot, at least it helps me.