How to Avoid Back to School Burnout
By. Andres Portela
Summer is over, and everyone is back to school which means we are on the school schedule again. Adjusting to structured learning and consistent eating schedules can be overwhelming coming from a summer full of fun and excitement; it's essential that students jump right back in or it could turn into a rough year.
Back to School burnout occurs much like how marathon runners can get burnout halfway through their pre-race plan. According to Florida National University, burnout is characterized by a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion that is caused by excessive or prolonged stress. As burnout sets in, students can exhibit signs of negative moods, breakdowns, and disassociation from everyday tasks.
Burnout can happen amongst teacher, students, and parents and can result in missed days, increased anxiety, and decrease energy which all result in the use of sick days. We try to ensure that our students, staff, and parents have a few steps to get through the first few weeks of school.
- Recognize- watch for signs and recognize that you or your child is getting burned out.
- Reverse-Acknowledge the actual damage and reverse it by managing stress. Seek out support from our school counselor Ms. Cohen.
- Resilience- Build your resilience to stress by taking care of your physical and mental health.
Take mental breaks on the weekend. Nothing is more important than your health and wellbeing. Ensure that your student has a lifestyle that can easily be replicated at school and at home. Here are a few ways that we assist your child while they are at school.
- Organized and on time. Students are less likely to experience burnout when they feel like they have a good handle on school, sports, and home life. That’s why at school we have a bell structure that signal transitions in activates but also allow the student to have a dose of healthy structure.
- An understanding of everyone's responsibilities. Breaking down goals into long-term goals that have small progressive benchmarks allows each student to feel like they are accomplishing so much more. Sometimes the small successes go a long way.
- “Go-Dark” with technology free zones. The constant presence of social media, internet, and screens we all need a minute to decompress. It’s necessary to take a break from school life, disconnect from tech and social media, and rest.
It is essential that each student feels confident and feels like they can perform adequately, we can do this through ensuring that there is continuity between home life, school, and moments in between.