Finding a balance is essential for your well being, working 24/7 isn't good or beneficial, you will burn out, I was like you and I thought I would never burn out but one day you will wake up and you just can't work your brain refuses to concentrate. In this blog past I will be showing you ways in which you can form a balanced lifestyle and hopefully avoid a burn out.
1) Take time out
For me on Saturdays I wouldn't do any school work. Saturday was my relax day I would work at my job and just watch youtube videos for the rest of my day. Make sure you have a time where you do no work and you don't focus on work, a time to relax and refresh your mind. This will allow you to focus on your school work as you know you will have an opportunity to relax and do the activities you enjoy.
Go out and meet your friends and actually do something instead of just being on your phone, e.g go on a walk or play a sport together. Getting fresh air and socialising with people can uplift your mood and give you a better overall wellbeing. Also talking with people who are going through the same thing as you can be reassuring and make you feel better.
Try and give yourself 30 minutes each day to exercise, this could be just walking going on a walk in the neighbourhood. Exercise has been proven to lower the risk of depression and gives you an overall better mental health. Also some studies suggest exercise helps keeps your thinking and learning sharp which is what we want. Don't stress about it if you don't exercise one day, remember we are trying to be consistent in the long run so one day will not harm you.
4) Healthy eating
Make sure you're having healthy meals and hitting your 5 fruit and vegetables a day and staying hydrated. Some people when they're stressed turn to food either restricting it or over eating, remember food is fuel and is required for adequate function of the brain. In stressful times change your habits by reading instead or talking to someone.
5) Remember the big goal
Not revising one day won't render you from achieving the grades you want. You must be consistent, for me that was doing school work from approx 5 hours per day but It was spaced out in the morning as I work better then and it was manageable. I was able to keep this lifestyle throughout A-levels and see results without burning out. For my mocks I increased my working hours, but I didn't stress about it if one day I didn't work as much during mocks because I was confident with my abilities and I had been consistent in my work.
6) Letting go of guilt
If you are like me then you may have felt guilty for not working, I was in the same position whenever I was doing an activity I enjoyed in the back of my mind I was feeling guilty for not working. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WORK ALL THE TIME! I even felt guilty for not working once I had completed all my tasks for the day. For me this guilt stemmed from fear of failure I wanted to prove to people I was smart enough, but it was futile, failure isn't a weakness and is required to achieve your end goal. To stop this guilt I would tell myself I have finshed my work to the best of my ability, I am working hard and I also need to rest and relax to maintain this hard work in the future, after time when a routine is established the guilt will diminish. Stop been hard on yourself.
Thank you for reading my blogpost, I hope it was useful don't hesitate to message me if you have any questions me email is firstname.lastname@example.org and The Student Room is zainab1234. Bye!