I was going to write a post on how happy I was but then I realized how much I’ve been fooling myself.
I’m not happy.
I’m tired yet a can’t sleep.
My eyes feel like bruises in my face.
My legs ache though I couldn’t tell you why.
The thought of school causes thumping in my brain.
And I’m tired.
So very very tired.
My mom figures I could be dealing with a mild case of burnout……
So here I am, befuddled and confused,writing a post on burnout in hopes of shifting through the emotional chaos that is my mind. And maybe, hopefully, somehow along the way this post might help another student out there going through a similar thing.
How to deal with a burnout (I think)
Warning: This is all very trail and error.
• Stop whatever you’re doing.
Whatever it is you’re doing stop. Stop it now. Drop your pen, your pencil, your quill. Close your notebook and shut down your computer. Step away from that text book. Do it. Do it now.
• Go home
Seriously, that last lesson, seminar, work hour won’t change a thing. Your brain is too fried to make use of the information. Trust me, I don’t remember a single thing from any of the lesson I decided to power through.
• Lay down and darken your room
I don’t know about you but by the time I collapsed onto my bed even my soft bedside lamp was giving me a headache.
Sleep like the world is dead to you. No matter how much sh*t you think you have to get done ignore it. Push those thoughts out of your mind and let the darkness swallow you.
• Let go of your emotions
Don’t pretend to be all heroic and carefree. Let all of your pent up feelings ranging from fear to frustration to annoyance to panic out. Be it screaming, crying, hitting a pillow, or finding a creative outlet (in my case it was writing). Bottled up emotions do more harm than good.
• Go on brain-rest
Snuggle up in bed a watch a movie (or two. Or three.). Read a book if that’s more your thing. Flip through a magazine. The important thing is that you set your mind on brain-rest for at least 24 hour (waking) hours.
This is what I’ve been doing so far and this is what I plan on doing until the pounding in my head resides. I hope this could be of use to a fellow student in distress.
See you on the other side. smile