How to cope with academic burnout

Daisy Marshallon 11 May 2023
Burnt out matches

Student burnout is real and not something to underestimate. Take care of yourself and you’ll be thankful.

Are you currently exhausted and unmotivated? The thought of studying making you feel anxious? Feeling overwhelmed and like you can’t go on are common signs of burnout.

But don’t worry, the burnout will pass. All you have to do is look after yourself. Below are some great tips for how to deal with academic burnout.

What are the signs of burnout?

  • Difficulty engaging in hobbies and fun as well as your studies.
  • Sleeping too much or too little.
  • Spikes in anxiety when thinking about your studies.
  • Procrastinating more than usual.
  • Feeling helpless or trapped.

Change your environment

Why not take some time away from studying and visit a local city. Go to visit a friend studying in another city. This change of environment will clear your head and take your mind off the stress of uni life.

Take a day off or plan a weekend getaway. Recharging your batteries will help you feel refreshed before returning to university.


Being around other people is good for the soul. Go for lunch with friends in a study break or skype call a family member. Having conversations with loved ones is a chance to rest the mind and stop racing thoughts about work.


Take some time off academics to focus on yourself. You deserve some TLC – why not treat yourself to a pamper night? Soak in a warm bubble bath and relax with face masks. Or grab a takeaway and watch your favourite movie.

Whatever you decide to do, make sure you are kind to yourself and take a well-deserved rest. Also, make some time for activities that you enjoy. This could be playing video games, watching YouTube or going shopping. It’s so important to have a healthy balance between work and hobbies.


Get outside and exercise to release some endorphins! It may seem like everyone makes this suggestion but it really does help. This will boost your mood and energy levels – even if it’s just a walk around your uni campus.

Support system

Don’t be afraid to reach out for help if you are struggling with feelings of burnout. You have support in place from lecturers and your personal tutors. They would much rather know you are struggling than you suffering in silence.

Seek professional help

Burnout doesn’t really tend to go away on its own. If you’re in deep burnout, talk to a doctor, psychiatrist or counsellor. The Wellbeing Service provides counselling. But there is a waiting list, and each person is only given six months of sessions.

Take time off

It’s often a sign you need to slow down. Your uni will have ways you can defer starting years, just ask them about it. They want to see you succeed. Sometimes you have to put yourself first and that can mean taking some time out.

Feeling the stress coming on? Here are some tips to help you avoid burnout.

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Daisy Marshallon 11 May 2023