I’m known as a busy guy. That’s what happens when you help run a company, invest in startups, advise other startups, and write 500 blog posts and articles per year. That doesn’t even take into account being a husband and father, participating in the school and community, and reading 50 blog posts and articles per day.

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 Yet while I’m very busy, I’m also very careful to avoid burnout. I’m no stranger to burnout. When I was in college, I exploited an error in Stanford’s original online class registration system to take double the normal course load, while also writing for the paper, directing an improv comedy troupe, tutoring freshmen on writing, teaching public speaking and counseling, and manning a suicide hotline. Now, that was a bit much. My roommate woke up in the middle of the night because I had a nightmare and was shouting “I resign! I resign!” in my sleep.
Don’t let this happen to you. Now that I’m older and wiser, I’ve worked out a five-step approach to recharging in a hurry.

1. Corporate cross-training

Cross-training in athletics refers to switching sports, rather than burning yourself out with the same exercises and drills over and over. As a corporate athlete, cross-training refers to regularly shifting activities. I consciously shift from activity to activity. First, I might work on a blog post. Next, I might answer emails. After that, I might read and highlight a scholarly article. The idea is to keep changing what you’re doing so you don’t have a chance to get bored and burn out.

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2. Interval training

Interval training in athletics refers to alternating high-intensity exercise with conscious rest periods. I do the same thing in my life. I use the Pomodoro Method (20 minutes of sprinting, followed by 5 minutes of rest). This keeps me fresh, and also gives me convenient reminders to shift activities as part of my cross-training.

3. Regular exercise

Everyone knows that exercise is critical for health, stamina, and happiness. But who has time to go to the gym? Not me. So I bring the gym to me. During those 5 minute “rest” periods during my day, I do quick sets of exercises. These can be anything from sit-ups to running in place to a complete 7-minute calisthenic workout. If you stick to this routine, you’ll get more than your daily allowance of exercise, and break up your day.

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4. Regular meals and snacks

Exercising willpower (“executive function”) depletes your bloodstream’s supply of glucose. The best way to keep your energy levels up is to eat regularly. I often cite a study on Israeli parole boards, which found that 60 percent of inmates received parole when they went before the board immediately after lunch, compared with 5 percent when they went before the board immediately before lunch. I snack each morning at 10:30 a.m., eat lunch around 12:30 p.m., and have an afternoon snack around 3 or 4 p.m.

5. Sleep when you need it

It’s hard for me to get a full eight hours of sleep at night—I have kids who like to wake up early and a dog who tends to wake me up in the middle of the night to play with our insomniac neighbor’s dog. Rather than wandering around in a zombie-like state of fatigue, I simply sleep when I need it. Whenever I’m tired, and I don’t have a pressing emergency, I simply lie down for a 10-15 minute nap. Sometimes, I’ll take two or more naps if I’m feeling run down. It takes far less time than running to Starbucks, with far greater results. In fact, I took a nap right before starting this post!

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These recharging techniques don’t even mention ways in which you can use other people to help you recharge—things like catching up with friends, spending time with loved ones, and participating in regular social activities. But the beauty of these five techniques is that you can apply them even if you’re a solo founder working out of your parents’ basement. If you follow them, you’ll be able to keep yourself running at top efficiency and productivity, even if you have a busy schedule. 

A version of this post originally published in October 2013. It has been updated and republished to inspire further conversation. 

About the author

Chris Yeh

Chris Yeh

Chris is the VP Marketing for PBworks, partner at Wasabi Ventures, and an avid startup investor and advisor. He is also a co-author of The Alliance and serial tech entrepreneur in Silicon Valley.

  • Courtlyn Carpenter

    Thank you so much for sharing this article! It sounds like you have an incredibly busy life – it is impressive that you have managed to stay sane with so much going on! I, too, find myself with a lot of different activities, but I am yet to experience burnout (thankfully!). I agree with all of your suggestions wholeheartedly (and would like to try some of your suggestions for “regular exercise” more often), but I also have found that social interactions and taking breaks to practice my cello and play with my dogs are useful. Most importantly, I think balance is important, and I know that I am happiest when I have a number of different activities making up my day that allow me to focus on different things and use different parts of my brain. Thank you again for this great post – it is always important to think about burnout as a possibility and to know how to prevent this from happening!

  • PKroening

    I would have just one question for you. What are some things that people who are not athletes could do to avoid burn out in their everyday life? So instead of worrying about athletics maybe something like school overload or work overload and you are just stressed to the max. Other than that, thank you very much for sharing this with us!

  • Joseph


    Thank you very much for this post. I am currently a college student however i am not doing all of the things that you were doing in college. I would not be able to handle that. However i do participate in sports and have a job on campus. I enjoyed how you discussed “bringing the gym to you” When i am studying for an exam I always find myself getting easily distracted after a half hour or so. From now on when I find that I am getting easily distracted I am going to take a little break and do some sit ups or push ups or an easy workout for 5 minutes or so.

    What advice would you give for those days where you just have no motivation to do anything and all you want to do is lay in bed? I find that i have those days where i do not want to do anything yet i have so much to accomplish that day. Thanks.

  • Palecekb

    Chris this was great! I myself enjoy working out so the fact that you related everyday tasks to workout techniques was perfect! Comparing two things such as tasks and working out, even though sometimes it feels like working out is a task, makes it easier to be able to relate the two together. I can admit sometimes it can be hard to take a break while in school, which from your examples of everything you were involved in, you could probably completely understand. I think that once I am in the “homework zone” it is hard to break away and think about something else when you know the pressing countdown to the due date or exam date. I also know that sleep is sometimes a hard thing to come by while in school or maybe with a full time job, what would you suggest to those who do not have time or the availability to nap throughout the day?

  • DuCharmeDR11

    I liked how this article was themed around athletics, yet can be applied to all aspects of one’s life. I would like to challenge the cross-training point with the importance of a routine, for benefits of increased efficiency and memory, yet I see where you are coming from. I feel as though I will use these “training” metaphors and apply them to my study habits. It is always great to try new approaches so monotony does not overtake!

  • strakaJA01

    I like all of these suggestions! I especially connect with the eating regular meals and snacks and getting sleep when you need it. I know that I don’t do either of these enough in my life. In my Stress Management class we are setting goals. One of mine is to sleep more, so slowly I am added minutes every night. I also know that I need to eat more frequently throughout the day because when I don’t I tend to get headaches and dizzy spells. This article reminds me that I need to take care of myself more. Chris, do you find that you stick to this 5-step approach? Do you find it easy or hard? Maybe it is habit by now? Thanks for the tips!

  • Drew Cox

    I really enjoyed reading your blog this afternoon! The 5-step program will really come in handy throughout my week. My favorite step in the article would be step number 5. I see to many times to none that we don’t average enough sleep. Motivation is extremely hard t build up when sleep deprived. In one of our health classes our professor is stressing how important sleep is especially at our age. When asked how many hours we generally average a night most of the hands went up when 5-6 hours was asked. When looking at studies, they prescribe college students to average 8-9 hours a night! I know this isn’t ideal in a college setting but such changes can really have an impact our our lives. We need to have a little more strong will and be able to put down the xbox controller, turn off the netflix, or send your friends home! Sleep is extremely essential!! Thanks again for such a great article.

  • Anthony Urbanski

    Love the recharge idea. As a student I am not nearly as busy as some of you may be but I often find myself overwhelmed and running on fumes. This is when I need to take a step back and recharge. For me the eating health portion is the toughest when it only takes 5 minutes to run to McDonald’s in between class. Does anyone else have other ways to recharge?

  • mhansen11

    Dear Chris, Thank you for this article!! Being a college athlete, being burnt out is something very typical that we all go through but there are absolutely ways around this. I really like your 5 different re-charging methods! Sleep is crucial and meals need to be frequent as well. I think the only opposite opinion I would have here would be to combine one and two maybe in different activities with different intervals and put in a mental strengthening factor there. I play softball in college and we definitely work on the mental game a lot and I feel as though if life gets to hard sometimes you need to take a step back and BREATHE, then clear your head and figure out what you can and cannot control..
    Thank you again!

  • Caitlin Donohue

    First of all let me just say WOW! You did all that in college/one semester?! That is admirable but also sounds very tiring. This is all great advice, thank you for that. I especially like #1 with changing what you’re doing so you don’t burnout. Do you have any advice on studying? Since you have to study the same subject for quite some time, how do you avoid getting burnt out from that?

  • That pretty much sums up my college career. Though not exactly involved in the same things as you Chris but I do have a lot of responsibilities and obligations throughout my college career. I have been using most of the techniques that you’ve mentioned above, especially #1. These are all super effective techniques. Thank you for sharing!

  • Kobajr18

    Great article! I enjoy how everything was related to exercise. As a Health and Human Performance major this all hit home for me. The tips on not burning out are all very simple and seem easy to follow. I am curious if you do any meditating or set aside any time during the day to just simply clear your mind?

  • Kobajr18

    I, like Caitlin, am also curious on how you avoid burnout throughout your college career. Taking classes that are all generally the same and avoiding burnouts can be challenging. What is your advice on this topic?

  • Kobajr18

    Completely agree with this! The athletic theme was a great touch and can be applied to different aspects of ones life. I also am interested to see if these can work for me.

  • Mcgrailkk30

    Chris, what a fantastic article! These strategies apply to my life in so many ways and are so simple it would be silly not to give them a try. At this point in my life homework, practice, work and other extracurricular activities can be really overwhelming but recharging helps to stay on top of it all. Just out of curiosity, what kinds of brain food do you snack on to keep your energy high?

  • Haley Horn

    Thank you for sharing. I always need to “recharge” whether it’s taking a nap, watching tv, or even having a conversation with a friend. My mom has taught me the art of the power nap (15-30 min) and I have found that it has worked better than a 2 hour nap. I am glad you interduced the “cross training” method because it is so true. As a college student, I get so bored doing the same routine over and over, so I am going to try and switch it up a bit by switching subjects more often.

  • Matthew Gust

    Thank you Mr. Yeh for this article. I find it to be very beneficial especially for myself at this point in my life. I am a college student taking the most credits I have ever taken before along with a job and my involvement with student organizations. I have learned quickly that it can very easy to get burned out. I always try to have some variety throughout my day. A lot of times we get caught up in the same old routine day after day. Change it up! Making sure you stay active and eat right are huge components to my day. In order to get the most use of your time you need to be at your best. In my opinion the only way to be at your best is with good nutrition, and good night’s rest, and staying physically active.

  • KevinThomson32

    I cannot agree more with you on this article. I started implementing all four of these things and I have found a drastic change on my health and my energy levels. Although I do have a lot of time during the day to workout soon I will not. I will really have to start taking these 5 minute workout tips and changing my workout routine to keep me healthy and alert all day.

  • ghilonipt09

    I snack on mostly healthy foods like fruits and vegetable because it helps keep your energy levels up when trying to concentrate. With fatty foods it weighs your system down not only physically but mentally. Keeping your energy high consists of mostly just eating a healthy diet overall.

  • Mcgrailkk30

    Thanks for the advice! I already maintain a healthy diet I was just looking for some new snack ideas to try. Some of my current favorites are nuts and Quest bars.

  • Alise Brown

    I thought this article was really insightful, I have practised some of these and have found the results to be outstanding. I have taken short naps throughout my busy days and have found that my mind is more efficient and I am able to stress less. Although when I lay down for my naps I find that I have to have my alarm go off a couple minutes earlier because it is so hard to get up after laying down. However I do think that exercise is very important but I perfer to have separate scheduled time instead of during a 5 minute break time. Switching up tasks also sounds like a good idea and I feel like that would be a beneficial step for me to try out, however I do like to be able to finish a task completely and stay in the same area of topic, but I will have to see how that works out for me!

  • kyliekielsky

    This article seems to be quite insightful. I look forward to trying out these suggestions myself.

  • AmberDraina

    I find this article particularly helpful because I am a full time student who also works full time and burn out seems inevitable with me. I do find it very helpful especially when I am doing homework to break my assignments down into smaller pieces so i do not get burnt out on one subject.

  • sgawinski

    These are some good points. I can definitely see how it would be beneficial to take certain rest periods, or change up activities and what not. Even though we are busy we can definitely benefit from taking steps to prevent burn out.

  • Skowronssj06

    These five techniques are golden! I find myself getting burned out every once in while from school, work and social life. Especially on the days where I wake up earl, have class all day till 4:45, have club meeting till 6 then study till I got to bed. Knowing these five tricks will improve my daily schedule and help me get through these wonderful undergraduate classes.

  • danac501

    Thank you for this article! Being active and in college at the same time there can be a chance of burnout. These five techniques can help many people in college especially college athletes to not burn out. I am one to do the cross training technique because I get bored easily it keeps my brain going in different directions. You said you learned this techniques now that your older. What advice would you give a very involved college student that is on the brink of burning out? They are well past having your techniques help them out.

  • Kaylie Mae Kuhnke

    really enjoying all of the blogs on burn outs besides sports related. I find myself getting to the edge of burning out with class school and attempting to have a social life and a boy friend who lives 2 hours away. I felt the five tips could be helpful for me to not burn out.

  • Alex Prailes

    This is something I wish I could have stumbled upon in high school. In high school, I was taking half high school classes and half college courses on top of sports. I don’t think many people realize that once you get burned out it’s so easy to become re-burned out. I wish I could have read this article a couple years ago to help me prevent getting burned out.

  • knapprl17

    These five tips will help me in the future so I don’t burnout! I am a college athlete taking a full class load and involved in a lot. I have realized this year that some times I just need a break. Throughout the past year I have used that sleeping one. I have found it extremely helpful to take a 15 minute nap a couple times to keep my energy level high enough to make it through all my activities.

  • Natasha Tynczuk

    Great article! As a college student, it is very easy to get burned out. I especially like the idea of bringing the gym to you. I tend to do quick exercises during my “rest” periods too, and I find that it really helps. Regular meals and snacks is very important too, as long as you eat responsibly and don’t overindulge.

  • sgawinski

    This is a great idea. I will definitely have to look into it. We definitely need to destress in different ways and reading is something that is often overlooked

  • Andrew Bliefernicht

    That is exactly what I was thinking! Sure it’s important if you body is physically able to do different things and to avoid your body from being burnt out, but the most important organ in your body is your brain and you need to prevent that from being burnt out. I agree with the ways you recommended to prevent your mind from becoming burnt out. Thank you for your comment.

  • Andrew Bliefernicht

    I enjoyed this article. As a Physical Education major fitness is a huge part of my life and those are excellent ways to prevent burnout. But another huge part that you missed is burnout of the mind. The brain is the most important organ in the human body and if that burns out, your body is done. Many people have been hospitalized because of burnout of their mind. Other than rest and taking time off what ways would you or other readers recommend to prevent burnout of the mind?

  • hmcavey

    Awesome! Truly an awesome post. Being involved in the community, work, and various other engaging events require such a large expenditure of brain work. By breaking down your own day to day life and the “relief-points” in your day, it changes my mind about how I need to structure my day.

  • thomas kearney

    I really like this article . I consider myself a health guru from time to time and I think these are the perfect tips to prevent burn out. I think eating regular and getting the right amount of sleep is important tip. I thank you for providing these thoughtful tips. I think a lot of people should take what you presented today into consideration.

  • Amanda Wood

    We talked alot about recharging and burnouts in class this semester. It almost stunned me to realize that I am probably more burnt out than I ever thought I was. I also realized that recharging is not giving up its taking care of myself and really working with my full strength. I honestly can say I will still have times where I burn myself to the ground, but I will probably be more aware of the signs now when it happens and will know I have to recharge myself.

  • Cossioj14

    This is a great article. I think people dont think burnout is a real thing and it can be prevented. I like your 3-6 steps of preventing burnout because I am big into health and fitness and eating and exercising regularly can be a great tool to escaping and preventing burn out.

  • Glassborow

    This article is great! You’d think they would be difficult tips that only a few people would actually be able to follow, but no, they are the easiest and simplest ways! Sleep well, eat better and exercise regularly, anyone can do this if they want to feel better. I also really like how you relate cross training to your actual work during the day and that you always try to do quick workout during your free time. Instead of making everything so complicated, with weird diets and exercise regimes, people just need to be taught these 5 steps and they will be successful and healthy for the rest of their lives.

  • alexlavine

    Sometimes I go through stretches where I don’t eat particularly healthy because I’m too busy to make up a healthy meal. When I eat unhealthy I then find myself feeling more tired and as a result of needing more sleep and then I don’t exercise. This all starts with a poor diet and in my experiences it all runs together. It just sends me into a funk. I find that when I am eating healthy that I am far more productive and my sleep patterns are more regular. I wake up in the morning not feeling tired, but instead feeling refreshed and ready to go. I do agree with some of the cross training ideas of mixing exercises up etc. Our routines can get redundant and boring so if we mix it up a bit it will keep us more fresh.

  • Kayla Martin

    I really appreciate this post. I’m in college and I am crazy busy. I am on the swim team which is a lot of hours about 3-5 hours depending on the day, I coach the local swim team, I lifeguard and teach swim lessons at another local pool, being that I am a senior I am trying to get everything done to graduate, and then there is school which seems to be falling on the back burner most of the time. Which really is not good. I need to find time in my day for school without taking anything out. I get about 9 hours of sleep a night which I would like more I am always so tired. Do you have any suggestions on what I could do to try and get more time for my homework and readings?

  • Tawni Meyer

    I enjoyed this article some of this stuff is true and helpful. But i also agree with your statement and wish it was added into the article. Sometimes i just need to realx and read a book.

  • gmurillo86

    I do appreciate this article, because at may times in my day I feel over-worked or “burnt out” , and don’t eat as often as I should. So now I realize that all of the options combined make for an all around healthy lifestyle. Physical exercise combined with mental exercise is probably an ideal way to stay fit. This article didn’t mention mental fitness techniques, but I like to play scrabble(it relaxes me and sharpens my vocabulary), and play sudoku, and do crossword puzzles(to keep my brain sharp).

  • gaulrappkj17

    I believe that David has a point. We can only make our body do so much, but the brain and mind have to be rejuvenated as well. We need to remember the 7 realms of wellness, if we leave out just one, it takes away the effectiveness.

  • milleram97

    Being constantly busy can be a real hassle, but there’s no need to let that control your life.
    Sure there are obligations that need to be taken care of, but sometimes it is okay to just take a step back and remember that ‘hey, this body, this brain, needs a breather’
    You don’t need to make it a 3 hour break, but continuous ones throughout the day can completely change it’s outcome.
    Also, it is good to alter what you’re focusing on and the intensity of it. Your body can handle times of extreme pressure, but after that it also needs times of extreme relaxation. Don’t neglect it, work with it.

  • Sarah Kasiurak

    I agree with switching to different activities to help avoid burnout, especially in athletics. Your body needs rest from doing the same thing all the time. I think that cross training is an excellent way to do that. I also agree that breaks are needed throughout the day!

  • GSonDUBS

    Very interesting tips, I can’t wait to try them, even though I am no where near as busy as he is. I’m interested in the 10-15 minute naps. Don’t really know if that would work for me? I don’t always fall asleep the moment I close to my eyes… plus “power naps” never worked for me, they usually make me feel more tired for the rest of the day…

  • Colin HIckey

    I think that the one thing that needs to be added to this article is that you need to make it enjoyable. So many people go about their lives miserable because they are constantly busy on the way to a burnout. If they would just did their job in a way that they enjoyed it, all of these other steps would come more naturally.

  • AndreaOlsen22

    These 5 steps are extremely important for everyone to be aware of. We need to actually put these 5 steps to use because “burnout” is a serious matter. Once someone reaches “burnout” it’s extremely hard to overcome it. What’s disappointing too is that all your hard, strenuous work went to waste because you simply did too much of it with no breaks. Don’t get me wrong working hard is important, but so is your health. Taking care of yourself first is the biggest matter. If you’re not well, how do you perform or work well? Take breaks to be with the people that really matter in your life.

  • DuchAM21

    These are great tips as to how to recharge. I liked the reference to cross-fit. I know that when I am at work and have several different tasks to do, it is much easier to continue working than doing the same thing over and over again. These are great tips and simple enough to be able to remember.

  • Amy Rink

    Thank you for posting this article! I found your post to be very personable. I am currently a college student working two jobs, while trying to balance school work, family and friends. I find myself to experience high amounts of anxiety at times and I have learned through being active all my life that working out is my best stress reliever. Whether that be playing intramural sports with my friends or going to weight room!

  • Skalahe13

    This post is really important because burnout is a serious problem and it is hard to overcome it. no matter if you’re an athlete or a CEO burnout happens every day and taking breaks is paramount in avoiding burnout. These steps are really good for me because at times I feel like if I continue the way that I am burnout is not too far away. Thanks for the post

  • Samantha Lavenau

    I agree with you! I love all these tips and found them helpful, but when it comes to napping, I am different. It takes me at least 20 minutes for me to fall asleep, and when I wake up I am always more tired. I want to train my body to fall asleep faster, and to take power naps cause that would add so much time during the day for me.

  • Kyle Gettelman

    While this article offers some premium ideas for how to “recharge” yourself, one big aspect for myself, that I have learned over many months of being in situations where you feel like you can never forget/worry, which goes hand-in-hand with the comment about “Open your mind”, is that we need to remove ourselves from busy situations every now and then. This means not only physical removal, but also a mental and emotional removal. How many times have you went on a vacation or just stayed home, but caught yourself wondering or worrying about what your missing? I have done this a few times just in the past few months if I missed a class, whether just to take a day to myself, or because something else arose that was more important for that day. This is 1 aspect that should seriously be considered as well.

  • byrnesbk24

    This is so interesting to me because we are talking about burn out in my stress management class. I like how you relate strategies through exercise and compare how they are similar. Its a good way to look at it. I feel like everyone has been at the point of burn out before and its bound to happen again, so having strategies to avoid it really helps. Does anyone else have good tips or pointers to avoid burn out?

  • struckml03

    This was very helpful because I never have enough time in the day so it seems. Sometimes I cut back on my exercising because I feel I have other priorities that are more important to get done when in reality exercising should be one of my biggest priorities – it should be for everyone. Everyone reaches burn out at some point I feel, so these are nice tips to remember along the way. I agree with you saying you dont have much time to go to the gym everyday. Lately what I have been doing is doing jumping jacks while Im waiting for quick food out of the microwave. Thats four minutes of jumping right there. I also ride a bike in front of the TV. Little things like this help me.

  • catec18

    This article is really helpful especially reading it when classes are beginning to pick back up again for finals time. The methods to prevent burnout in this article are pretty helpful and easy to implement. One thing I think could have been talked about is the difference between prevention and treating. These five tips are great for preventing burn out but once you are burned out these won’t help as much. At the point of burnout it is important to slow down on tasks and responsibilities and focus on recovering to top mental and physical healthiness. Without full mental and physical health your productivity will be down.

  • Kendra Larson

    Wow what a great article! I really liked how you related different exercise techniques to your every day life. I think that it is a great way to look at the every day busy schedule of life. The average person is constantly trying to do more than one thing at once, and its extremely difficult to do. Sure, the task might get done, but it might not be done to the best of your ability if you are doing other things at the same time. People need to take the time and realize that its okay to take it one step at a time. Do not let yourself get overwhelmed. Being overwhelmed, I feel is one of the main reasons why people burnout. What we need is balance in our lives so that we do not reach this point of burnout, and instead enjoy the things we do in life.

  • Sara Fuller

    I really enjoyed this article. The way that Chris Yeh explained what he does in steps and related them to sports made what he does more exciting to read. I like how he uses his breaks to exercise!

  • Faisal AH

    I really enjoyed reading this article, thanks for posting.

  • Erin

    I love love love this post. These are great techniques in staying focused and complete tasks that are important in your day. I think it is a great idea to cross train your work tasks because changing it up can make it so much easier to really focus on that specific task and when you change you will be completely ready for that. I love how you fit 7 minutes of exercise in between your activities. It is proven that physical activity helps to keep your brain awake and leads you to perform at your best. I also eat small snacks through out the day I think that is the best way to keep the right energy you need. I’m not sure how I would do with the sleeping one I find it hard to sleep for a few minutes because then I never want to get back up. I really need to have a full night of sleep in order to be good the next day.

  • Sarah Kasiurak

    Great article! I think it is great how you decided to fill your breaks with exercise. I really enjoyed this and liked how you related to sports.

  • ClaytonEI08

    Chris, I really enjoyed this article. You hit it right on the head when it comes to “cross-training.” Working on the same project, paper or even practicing the same drills over and over again in any kind of athletic setting (I’m a basketball coach myself) can be extremely draining. I also felt you were right when you mentioned the intervals works for myself. Being a college student, I was never that guy who could study for four hours straight with no break in between. I’ve found that going for 20-25 minutes hard and taking a 5-10 minute break to not only relax, but to let everything you’ve just worked on sink in helps give your mind a bit of a break as well as ensures you’ve retained all the information you’ve just studied. Regular exercise is extremely important to my success. No matter how much of a workload I am carrying, I HAVE to find at least an hour a day to workout and keep myself in shape.

  • Michellelele123

    I agree with you! His first 3 suggestions were all about exercise, but nothing about recharging the mind….one can argue that is what sleep is for, but you’re right in suggesting a good book!

  • Travis Mattice

    Good article you share here. I don’t think there is any exact right answer to how to prevent burnout. I think that it is different for everyone. Some may enjoy exercising where some like to read a book. The main point is that do whatever you enjoy and relaxes you in order to prevent that burnout nobody wants. Its all personal preference. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  • Sarah Reynolds

    I think this is a really good article. I like that you related it to the athlete, but what about for those who aren’t an athlete and aren’t constantly working out for a sport, just making an occasionally stop at the gym after work? Or for someone who doesn’t necessarily experience workout burnout but work burnout? But other than that I enjoyed reading that you fill your breaks with a little workout… I think this helps with keeping things different especially when you are stuck at work for 8 hours or more.

  • purperoar21

    I found this blog to be especially relevant to these final weeks of school. With exams coming up comes tying loose ends of each class, therefore submitting long-term assignments and all that jazz. I’m not new to the concept of having to binge work therefore, I agree that there is an importance of preventing burnout. One thing that I think is important to avoid when allowing yourself to have a break is avoid social media or anything that is leisure activity that essentially won’t do anything for you. This is why I agree with the several activities and methods of taking a moment away from work is effective. When you’re not doing something for your school work/ work, do something for your…(Yep I definitely got distracted and checked social media on my phone while trying to finish this) mind, body, over all health, etc.

  • Sara_Kay0316

    I think it really depends on the person you are. For some people different strategies work better than others. I think that reading a good book can really help some people out but others might get really stressed with the idea of reading for pleasure.

  • CPanella1

    This article is similiar to what my professor Ann teaches us. Don’t let burnout happen to you! The sleep aspect with naps and regular meals and sleep times are great tips to staying healthy! Just be sure to take information from articles such as these instead of people trying to sell you sleep or health pills, because they can fool you and cause you more harm in the future!

  • Marlee Williams

    I like how you compared types of exercise to real life – great analogy. There are some really helpful tips in this post, such as eating regularly throughout the day. That is one of the biggest factors in keeping energy levels up that a lot of people aren’t aware of. I used to never snack between my three meals of the day because I thought snacking would lead to weight gain. However, I finally learned that the more often you eat, the higher your metabolism stays, so you actually burn more calories if you eat 5-6 small meals in one day rather than 3 big meals. It also keeps you alert and awake so you can get more done during the day instead of being tired and lazy.

  • Marlee Williams

    Exactly… everyone is different and needs to find what works best for them to stay awake, energized, and productive during the day. For example, doing exercise sets throughout the day might not work for some people depending on where they work so then they must make time for the gym during another part of the day.

  • FalkinerRR23

    Great article! The 5 steps that you shared are great foundation blocks to follow. Everyone has their own schedule and ways of doing things but following these steps in their own ways will help them have a healthier lifestyle.

  • Sara_Kay0316

    Yeah, for sure. I also know some people with really busy work schedules who just get time to work out during their lunch hour, which is better than not fitting it into your day at all.

  • barema28

    I really liked this post! Being able to recharge throughout the day is very important when you need to get a lot of different things done. All 5 of the ideas I liked and I want to start doing in my life!

  • Julia

    As a college student, I ALWAYS see students coming to class half asleep. My fellow classmates often say they got three or four hours asleep the night before…. and then they wonder why they’re tired! Obviously, for our well-being we need at least 8-9 hours of sleep a night. Also, people don’t realize that food equals energy. Food gives us energy. If you eat crappy food, then that’s how you’re going to feel. Crappy! If you don’t eat food, then that’s how you’re going to feel. Empty!

  • dwyerms07

    These five steps to recharge ones mind and body are very helpful and useful. I believe if you have a health life style which i believe come with these step also come a health and clear positive mind set.

  • dwyerms07

    I would have to disagree with you that keeping a health physical body does not coralte with a health mind. Many chemical produced during physical active puts the mind in a positive and health mind set.

  • dwyerms07

    I agree with you that each person is different and has different strategies that work better than others. I feel like i fall under this category of people who get stressed from reading but physical active but my mind at ease.

  • Nathan Tessar

    I think that overall finding what best works for you is what is going to work. For example, my roommates are the type of people that don’t have to study for tests and can just read the book and be fine and get A’s. I’m the type of person who needs to study for 8 hours and make sure I cover all the material. Everyone has there own technique but what I feel like is key to everyone is sleep. You cannot function if you do not have any sleep. Sleeping is key to your everyday activities and if you do not have sleep your not charging your body to its full potential.

  • afallon14

    Each person is definitely different in how they handle stress and their daily life. Some people like to workout and some people just like to be alone. For me, it all depends on the situation and how I’m feeling that day. I have multiple coping strategies that work for me.

  • maxfunny

    Is there a way to sleep to much or does it take you getting your body and mind right. I feel like I am always tired not because I am actually tired but I have poor eating habits and even worse sleeping habits. How do you know when You need to stay up and keep powering thorough.

  • Tyler Hebert

    This is definitely an article I will not forget and come back to. These 5 things.. Cross training, interval training, regular exercise, regular meals and snacks, and sleeping when you need to are all important to preventing burnout. Spending time with friends and participating in social events make people forget about what they need to do, but doesn’t stop them from getting what they need to get done.

  • Desiree

    i agree with everything about preventing burnout, exercise helps so much and release so much stress out the brain which is extremely helpful but it doesn’t matter if you can physically do something, it matters the most if you can emotionally handle a situation because at the end of the your mind is just racing even when you are trying to relax and those 5 steps are key to preventing that

  • Elaminsj25

    I enjoyed this blog. It is very important to avoid burnout. The napping idea is so simple but so great! I used to believe that if I couldn’t take a hour nap that it wasn’t worth napping at all because I would just wake up more tired. But one day I was exhausted and I had to work in 45 minutes so I laid down and took a 30 minute nap. It was hard to drag myself out of bed but once I got up I felt great! I had a ton of energy. I definitely suggests cat naps to people who can’t get a full nights rest all the time.

  • ZakFritz

    This is true. I am constantly tired so I think staying up is actually worse for me. If I got more sleep I would probably be more productive

  • maxfunny

    It is also hard to get that sleep in most cases. The author points that out. I think some times the hardest part about sleeping is finding the time. In a perfect world we get that 7 or 8 . We just have to make the time when we don’t really have it.

  • Bjackson5

    Burnout, or energy fatigue, is definitely a main source of health problem and insufficient performance by humans. It is when we are burnt out that we are most vulnerable to getting sick or losing valuable time that could be spent progressing. These avoidance steps are to be used in accordance to an individuals energy levels, time schedule, and overall health and wellness.

  • Jpl89

    The best way to recharge is simply to exercise. This aéticle does is a good job explaining in depth something that I very basic. If your stressed out up I need to exercise. Everyone becomes tresse out daily so everyone should exercise daily.