How to prevent Burnout?

Burnout, which is a state of mental and physical exhaustion, is caused by continuous exposure to stressful situations such as working long hours or receiving upsetting news. It can destroy the joy of your career, friendships, and family interactions. How can you prevent it and what to do if you experience burnout symptoms? Check out our tips! 

a preoccupied student

SPORT OR MEDITATION AS A BREAK FROM THE DAILY GRIND 

Working out is known for strengthening your brain and taking your mind off things. Take a breath and do your best. The rest is pretty much out of your control. When stress piles up, try activities that will calm you down and help you stay in the present moment such as breathing exercises, meditation or yoga.  

CREATIVITY AS A TREATMENT FOR ANXIETY  

According to many psychologists, arts and crafts have a therapeutic effect. To distract yourself, what about activities such as going out with friends, relaxing on the patio, going to the movies or to a museum? Practicing manual and creative activities can help you like drawing, playing an instrument, sewing, tinkering... Creativity is something that is in your nature and will help you overcome difficulties or at least put them aside for a while.  

ORGANIZATION IS KEY 

Organizing your environment as well as your plans is crucial because it will allow you to put your thoughts in order. Making a to-do list will allow you to take care of your planning. If you have a good organization, the chances of getting lost in your tasks decrease and you stress less.    

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT  

Comparing yourself to others is a common bias. For example, you might compare your grades to those of your classmates. This can boost your motivation or discourage you and stress you out. The best thing to do is to focus on what you have to achieve and do your best. If your objective is to surpass yourself instead of others, you will evolve without putting pressure on yourself and with more calm and serenity.  

TAKE TIME TO REST 

When you have a project or a deadline, you may choose not to get enough sleep or distract yourself: this is a counterproductive practice. The more tired you are, the less effective your work is. That's why it's important to rest and distract yourself when your body and brain need it.  

TALK ABOUT IT AND ASK FOR HELP 

Finally, when you feel that the pressure is becoming unbearable, you feel less and less motivated and you lose the joy, talk to someone. There are several government aid platforms such as Santepsy, Apsytude, Les Happsy Hours or the BAPU (Bureaux d'aide psychologique universitaires).   

On the IGS Group campuses, you will also find psychological help as well as social assistants who are there to listen to your questions and concerns in your personal and professional life. The IGS Group puts humanism at the heart of its pedagogy, one of its founding values, and supports each student individually by focusing on personal development.

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