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We are now in week SEVEN and all the hard work you have done thus far is starting to weigh heavily on you.

The Dreaded Burn-Out

What is "burn-out": The American Phychological Association's head of the APA's Healthy Workplace Program, David Ballard (no relation), describes it as "an extended period of time where someone experiences exhaustion and a lack of interest in things, resulting in a decline in their performance." (Forbes Magazine, April 1, 2013)

Symptoms of burn-out:

  1. Exhaustion: feeling tired all the time either emotionally, physically, or mentally
  2. Lack of Motivation: your enthusiasm is gone and coming to class is becoming harder and harder
  3. Frustration, Cynicism, and Negative Feelings: everything you have done or are doing isn't showing progress and pessimism has settled in
  4. Cognitive Problems: difficulty paying attention and/or solving problems, making decisions
  5. Slipping Performance: do you feel like you did better at the beginning of the semester?
  6. Interpersonal Problems: having more conflicts with others or have withdrawn from your group of friends
  7. Unhealthy Habits: not sleeping enough, drinking lots of coffee (GUILTY!!), being a leech once your home
  8. Decreased Satisfaction: generally unhappy
  9. Health Problems: declining health (sickness), digestive problems, depression

What to do:

  1. Take Relaxation Seriously: listen to music for a set amount of time every day, take a walk, ask your family to come down for a visit....just designate time to relax for a moment
  2. Cultivate a Life OUTSIDE of Your Coursework: find something engaging like a hobby, community outreach program, volunteering, working out, sports
  3. Unplug: set boundaries with your electronic devices: email, wiki, etc.
  4. Sleep: having fewer than six hours per night produces burnout - replenish your mind and body
  5. GET ORGANIZED: Prioritize, make a schedule and follow it, and create a system that works for you

So, on that note...

On your calendar handout:

  • Record the due dates for the remaining major and minor assignments in Ms. Bray's course.
  • Record the remaining exam dates for Dr. Wooster's course.
  • Look at your reading assignments for both courses and (feasibly) record times during the week that you will dedicate to reading and reviewing your notes.
  • Finally, designate a time once a week that you plan to do something fun or engaging (something other than coursework).
    • You can use this calendar to organize your schedule for your other classes as well...

Reminders:

The final draft of your Critical Essay is due at 10am today in Dr. Wooster's class.