Listening to your body seems easy but the signs and symptoms of your body going into overdrive can be easily missed.
As an A level student and an aspiring medic I have a lot on my plate at the moment, with the UKCAT, A levels, Volunteering as well as gym and kickboxing. It is a lot to juggle.
Each task above is mentally and physically exhausting and to do this day in day out it can cause a lot of problems.
I have recently ” burnt out” and was unable to even concentrate in lesson. But I didn’t know the signs of been burnt out.
Here are the symptoms I had and what you may experience:
- Unable to progress at any exercise:
As a intermediate lifter I should be gaining weight on the scales or gaining more weight on my lifts, I found I wasn’t doing either and I felt weaker and sorer than I usually do.
- Feeling demotivated:
I often don’t mind revising for a long period of time and I always feel up to going to the gym but for the past few weeks I have felts demotivated to go to the gym and lift. I also felt demotivated to do my usual revision sessions and read a head in the textbook
- Not feeling refreshed why you wake up:
I usually get around 7-8 hours of sleep and usually I feel fine, but lately I felt that I was tired and groggy in the morning. This was very unusual for me and was the main reason why I noticed by burn out
- Finally, Short attention span:
My attention span was terrible, I couldn’t concentrate in lessons or when I was revising, I would find myself often day dreaming which was very unusual.
- What I do to prevent this:
- Get enough Sleep
- Have a social life
- Do extra curricular activities
- Have regular breaks
- Do not over do revision
- Keep a good balanced diet
- Get enough sleep
- Do not do too much exercise
Overall do everything is moderation and in balance, if you do this you shouldn’t be burnt out.
Disclaimer: Please note the signs above is not an exhausted list of all the signs of a burn out and are strictly all the signs I encountered. Please remember we are all different and therefore we will experience different signs. Also all the prevention are what I found helped me and it may not help or benefit you. Feel free to drop a comment or a private message if you want to talk about it!