How to Combat Burn-Out


Wooden matches with one burned out isolated on white background

Zia Sampson, Managing Editor and Business Manager

Everyone nowadays has a busy schedule, what with school, sports, clubs, and work.  With so many things going on, it is easy to suffer from burn-out, or stretching yourself too thin and becoming exhausted and apathetic.

Unfortunately, with so many BDHS students being so active, it is easy to fall victim to burn-out. “I’m going right from track practice to the musical only to go home and do homework,” says sophomore Shayla Beckman. “It’s all really, really stressful and I’m always really tired.”

Luckily, there are some ways to fight burn-out. For starters, plan ahead. Keeping everything organized in an agenda is a great way to keep track of what needs to be done and how much time should be allotted for it. “Make a to-do list,” recommends Mrs. Kailey Pulos-Hoang. “And no matter how hard it is, do not procrastinate.” If you do not stick to your plan, you are going to feel very overwhelmed very quickly.

Make time for self-care. If all of your time is spent doing all of these obligations you have, you will stop caring about any of it. Set aside at least 30 minutes a day to do something you love or that you find relaxing. Do a face mask, read a book, meditate if you want. This way, you will not resent the things you have to do because they are taking up all of your time.

If you feel like you are already feeling burnt-out, there are a couple things to help. Remove yourself from whatever seems to be your stresser, if that is possible. It will help change your perspective on it. Make sure you are taking care of yourself. Eat, drink water, take a shower. By prioritizing these daily habits, you are maintaining some control over your life. And if all else fails, Ms. Ashley Abraham offers one final piece of advice: “Power naps. Take twenty minutes and it’s the perfect way to quickly recharge. I often take one between school and rehearsal.”