We all see articles about “burnout” or patients talking about anxiety/depression/etc, but it’s so different reading and hearing these things when we actually become the patients ourselves. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, I chose to dedicate this post to you all who are feeling burnt out.
Honestly, I don’t know where to begin. My head is currently whirling around. Currently, I am studying for the GRE, working in the hospital, taking 7 classes (ugh why did I do this to myself), all in the while just trying to live. I wish I was one of those people who can just check mark everything that they have been given and do it 100%. I’ve always had the tendency to take on more than I can, and now it is biting me in the butt– hard. This semester was truly one of my biggest wakeup calls because I finally accepted my limit.
I’ll try not to make this post as too platitude from other posts that you all can find on the internet. Here are just a few pieces of advice that I’d like to share from what I have experienced:
1.) Be Honest With Yourself
I wish I took a look at my schedule in the beginning of the semester and actually sat there to think about how much time I would be able to devote to studying, working, etc.Because I didn’t get the chance to do this, I am modifying my schedule bit by bit to see what extracurricular activity I can toss on the side and go back to later (maybe sometime next semester or so)
2.) Physical Activity
I enjoy being active (dancing, running, lifting weights… you name it.) I also feel that being in a bikini competition helps me to take out my daily stress and fuel it into something else.
3.) Finding A New Hobby-
People usually say that when you’re lost, it’s usually the time where you need to find new activities, find new skills to learn– to help you cope with anxiety, to help you with your stress. Drawing, reading, painting, whatever it is, you just need to find some sort of way to be, well… you.
Nonetheless, life is meant to challenge you, to mold you and to help create a person capable of greatness. Know your limits and be that person of greatness.