The Dangers of Burning Out

By Lily

I’m sure all of us have experienced the awful feeling of being burned out. It’s half way through the school year and you’ve spent all your time doing work trying to balance your extracurriculars, your school work, your job, and still finding time for fun and sleep. All of a sudden you’re lying in your bed sleeping for hours, falling behind, and not keeping up with the things you love to do. It’s not that you don’t care, but you’re just burnt out. The more burnt out you get the harder it is to recover, and it can turn into an everlasting struggle. 

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Missing Friends

When you’re truly burnt out you often don’t feel like doing anything. You’ll want to hang out with your friends and have a good time, and at the beginning of a burn out you might. But, eventually you get caught up procrastinating so much work that you feel like you can’t go out because you have work, but you’re not getting work done either. 

When you’re burnt out you often feel exhausted and just over whatever was burning you out. You sometimes just need a step back to relax and recharge, and a lot of people will find themselves staying in more to sleep and relax rather than going out. 

Most burn outs won’t have extreme effects on your social lives, just because you’re not going out doesn’t mean you’re ignoring them, and keep in mind you can have a good rant over the phone anytime.

Falling Grades

For students this is a big problem when being burnt out. You spend all your time working hard on your work, turning in assignments, studying. And all of a sudden a burn out hits you and you can barely bring yourself to do anything even semi-productive. You find yourself spending more time spending video games and procrastinating than studying, and if this goes on long term, you’ll see an impact in your grades.

This is one of the most frequent consequences of being burnt out for students, but luckily once you recover, this is often something that can be worked out of. Although, it’s best not to fall in the hole in the first place.

Stopping Extracurriculars

Sometimes extracurriculars can burn us out just as much as school work. 

I remember how being burnt out affected me in debate last year. I went through an intense few weeks of national circuit tournaments, finals week, along with trying to generally have a life. I competed as much as I could in the first semester, but second semester I competed a lot less. I was just burnt out and didn’t want to do it anymore. 

It didn’t affect my school work much as I recovered from that, but it definitely affected how active I was in debate. I didn’t hate debate, I didn’t want to NEVER do it, but I stepped away from it for a while, halting my progress. 

This is a common occurrence when people get burnt out, and it’s dangerous. While taking a step back for a while halts progress, it didn’t destroy my debate career. However, after a serious burn out, the effects of taking too long off and falling too far behind can ruin your whole career and take away something you really love. 

Procrastination

You may find yourself procrastinating a lot when you’re burnt out. When you have no energy or motivation to do your work it can be really easy to put it off for a nap or some video games.

This is a dangerous consequence of burn out, and the most common one. Procrastination is probably the beginning and fueling your failing grades and your low work ethic that can have long run implications on your life.

Stress

Burning out is not only caused by stress, but fuels it, leading to possible long term mental health issues.

You often burn out after a work period full of stress, it’s the effect of your brain overloading and being too tired to care and keep working. 

But once you burn out it often brings a lot of stress into your life. You see yourself falling behind but you aren’t making moves to get it done. Hence spending your time stressing about your work, while it piles up more and more.

Stress will always come with a burn out so it’s extra important to have good ways to manage stress, especially during a burn out period. 

Depression 

This section is more about long term effects of a truly deep burn out, and for the most part are not common consequences of your average burn out. However it’s important to know the risks of being burnt and understand what it can cause.

Being tired all the time, losing interest in things you love to do, shutting people out of your life are all on minor scales effects that a burn out has on us as humans. So it’s no surprise that if you’re stuck in the cycle for too long at too large of a scale you could fall into a depression. 

The Cycle

Burning out is something that will happen to all of us at many times in our life. The length of a burn out period and the scale of severity depend on many different aspects. Once you burn out once, it’s easy to fall into the continuous cycle.

You burn out, you stop working and you rest, you recover. But you’re left now with all the work you let yourself fall behind on, you get caught up, and next thing you know you’re burnt out again. If you don’t learn healthy ways to deal with stress and burning out. You will get caught in the cycle. And it will be worse each and every time. 

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