We all know someone who is involved with various organization work but still manages to excel in class and garner a few awards here and there. These types of people make us say “Wow! Galing mo naman,” or “OMG! How do you even do it?”
I’d like to believe that’s me, and you might even agree that it could also be describing you.
We’re a generation that wants to achieve lots and do great things. We pride ourselves in doing our part IRL on top of maximizing our presence online. We won’t let anything stop us and no matter how difficult the goal seems, we’ll always catch ourselves finding our way through it, even if it means breaking down along the way.
While we’re all for putting in the work, celebrating the hustle and grit, we’re also here to tell you that rest needs to be taken as seriously as hard work. Because in order to get to the goal, you have to get there as you—in one piece, in good health, and with a sound mind.
We hear stories about taking pride in rising above the struggles but dare we say, it’s time to stop romanticizing being overworked.
What Science Says
Remember the time you could no longer produce any creative ideas at your last org meeting? When you unexpectedly got into a slightly dramatic argument with your org mate under such heavy pressure? Or when you thought you were gonna do well in that exam because you know full well you worked so hard for it the night before?
Stress is a normal presence in our lives, but as they say, too much of everything is bad. One of the many things that are bound to happen when you are unable to manage overwhelming stress is getting burnt out. In an article by Psychology Today, burnout is described as the physical, mental, or emotional collapse caused by “repeated stress.” According to the World Health Organization, burnout could be characterized by three things: exhaustion, heightened feelings of detachment or cynicism relate to one’s work, and reduced productivity. The earlier and better you manage your stress levels, the less likely you will get burnt out.
How To Ease The Burnout
With stress and workload unmanaged, a burnout is an inevitable destination. While there is no one set formula to solve your problem, Sherrie Bourg Carter, Psy.D from Psychology Today shared some tips that might help you in your journey to overcoming burnout:
Learn to say no. Sometimes, we’re always pressured to take on more responsibilities in school to the point that we can no longer manage our schedules.
Take a break every once in a while. Allowing your mind and body to recover from stress is important. Sometimes, doing nothing could actually make you more productive than constantly hustling. Taking a break from gadgets and social media also helps put your mind at ease, too!
Socialize. Spend actual quality time with your friends and classmates—don’t allow org or school work completely take over your conversations!
Do something that makes you happy, even if it’s not on your to-do list. The key is not only to work hard but also to work smart. Break the routine and do something that’s not on your to-do list. Go on a social media fast for a couple of hours or watch one episode of your favorite series. Or just simply sleep and do nothing. Trust us, your mind will thank you for it!
We’re proud of you for working so hard to make those dreams come true but always remember that you’re only human, too. These limits don’t make you any less worthy of the success.
With additional reporting by Mylene Mendoza