Tuesday, April 17

5 Little Ways to Cope with Burnout

Pyjama Top: Hunkemöller* | Pyjama Bottoms: Hunkemöller* 
At the end of term I think every student experiences 'burnout' and feel like you just can't continue the way you have been any longer. This year I haven't really got an Easter break so it's more important than ever to remember these tips. The best way I have of dealing with stress is not to have a bath (yawn!) but actually getting stuff done so you can properly relax afterwards. Until then I'm counting down the days until my final exam. 

Spend extra time in your pyjamas or even have a pyjama day.

I find staying in my jammies so relaxing - I can still get things done but it takes away the rush to get out of the house in the morning. This pair arrived recently from the Hunkemöller sleepwear range and are just perfect for spring. The cotton material feels so soft and comfortable to wear and the design is just adorable. Another thing that sets them apart from my other jammies is the fitted bottoms - they are really flattering without being too tight. 

Get up half an hour earlier to tick something off your to-do list.

It might seem counterintuitive to get up earlier if you are feeling burnt-out but trust me on this one. It really helps me if I'm feeling stressed about everything if I get up and give the flat a quick tidy or do my dishes first thing. Then I can continue with the rest of my day without having to worry about the bomb site my flat is in. 


Wake up at your normal time but climb back into bed with a cup of tea and a book.

I don't like to mess with my sleeping pattern too much so if I feel like I need an extra rest I leave my 7:45am alarm on and wake myself up to get a cup of tea. This slower start to the day always makes me feel more relaxed and better rested too even though I got up at the same time. 

Prioritise what you really need to get done.

If you feel like you are rushing from one thing to another without time to take a breath it is time to work out what you really need to do. I talked a few weeks ago about staying motivated to go to the gym but sometimes that activity just has to be cut from my timetable. Don't use this a reason to cancel with friends or do the things you enjoy but maybe everything isn't as important as you think. 


Start making a list of everything you need to do.

I've left the most obvious one until last but when things are really getting on top of me I like to write a list of everything I need to do and maybe even split it into days if there are a lot of jobs. My favourite times are last thing at night to clear your head or first thing in the morning to get focused for that days work. 

Listen to this weeks 'The Fringe of It' postcast: Discussing Stress
Watch Eilidh's video: 5 Ways to Boost Your Mood

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