When I envision world-saving entrepreneurs, I think of gifted, creative people so devoted to their passions that they can lose themselves. I think of Bob Geldof of Live Aid, the musician who created “We Are the World” and raised millions for famine relief in Africa but who also suffered exhaustion, hospitalizations, and financial difficulties in the process.

Burnout can destroy the best of ideas and intentions. While an idea can, in theory, be limitless, the creative brain is a physical organ with very real limitations. If these limitations aren’t acknowledged the consequences can be grave–ideas dissipate, energy is sapped and dreams of saving the world evaporate. Limitations exist for all of us, but you can push them further out by building strategies for coping.

Don’t scale back your goals, but be realistic about your own physical well being.  Tweet This Quote

I studied burnout in athletes for years. While burnout tends to be universal, the physical symptoms tend to be different for everyone—aches and pains, performance plateaus, insomnia, exhaustion. But what’s true for aspiring Olympic sprinters is also true for startup CEOs: While the physical symptoms vary, the psychological results are the same for everyone—tension, depression, anger, fatigue, confusion, and reduced vigor.

In fact, a 1993 study in the Handbook of Research on Sport Psychology found that athletes who have experienced burnout at some point become 90 percent more likely to feel it again.

That, my start-up friends, is not a good thing. I’m not saying you should scale back your goals; I’m saying that if you’re realistic about your own physical well being, you’ll be much more likely to go the distance. Better to take a bit longer to save the world than to get so burnt out in the process that you have to quit before accomplishing anything.

That’s a very un-American attitude, I know, but I’m not un-American. I’m pro-body, which means I might have to take a nap during my daily save-the-world agenda. I might have to go for a walk to a farmer’s market, snack on some pea pods, shut my computer off and plant some flowers. When should you do these things? Before you start to feel like an athlete who can’t clear the next hurdle. Because if you don’t have the energy to clear your hurdles, you’ll never finish the race.

About the author

Ann Garvin

Ann Garvin

Ann is an author, speaker and educator. As professor of health, stress management, research methods and media literacy at University of Wisconsin Whitewater, she has worked extensively in psychometrics, statistics and psychology. Ann is the author of On Maggie’s Watch & The Dog Year (Berkley Penguin, 2014).

  • Ann, what a great lesson + insight! Other readers, I am interested, what are your favorite activities outside of work that help you rehabilitate and avoid burnout?

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Hi Cat,
    You might expect that exercise is one of them but I also stream movies when I’m running on the treadmill so I feel totally entertained, exercised, and rejuvenated. I’m a huge chatter so I talk to friends a lot! I read for pleasure. I spend time with my kids, who are like my best friends. My dogs make me laugh and I listen to music. Nothing really special but all special to me.

  • Hanna Boyd

    Such great advice, Ann! Last summer, when I was a Mav (intern) for Unreasonable Institute, midway through the summer I absolutely crashed–truly the worst kind of burnout. We had just had five events in one week and I was so completely passionate about the work I was incapable of reigning myself in and setting boundaries for myself. Too many long days and not enough exercise set me back from work for five days that I spent trying to kick strep throat. I would have been much better off if I had paced myself–lesson learned!

  • Suzi Shumaker

    The issue of burnout takes hold on teachers (and students) in the weeks after spring break each year. A few weeks off each summer are absolutely necessary to rest and renew. I can’t imagine being in a career without an annual season of rest.

  • Jeremy Demos

    Sometimes you get so wrapped up with all the things needed to start your company you never see the burn out coming. I know I’ve hit that wall several times trying to start my own business while working a full time job and taking care of my family. I was forced to put everything on hold when I had a second back surgery and was down for two months. That break gave me time to sit back and reorganize my priorities and come up with a better plan by trying to handle bits of everything at once rather that taking one project at a time even though that meant building up the business slower.

  • Tyler Pierce

    Ann, taking breaks away from very grueling activities always help to give your mind some break from thinking so hard. I like to make walking laps around the office or house every hour for my breaks. I struggle when major deadlines are due though because I get so wrapped up in getting the my work done before the deadline. Do you still take your breaks when your deadlines are closing fast?

  • hensella

    These are great points Ann. Burnout is a very real thing. It seems like people don’t realize it until it’s too late either. You see this a lot in college coaching. Sometimes burnout is so bad that they change careers and get out of the profession completely. As for me, this is a great reminder to recharge my battery and get away from things from time to time in order to avoid burnout. What do you think is the earliest sign of burnout?

  • Nathan Gillette

    I can relate to burnout because it happen to me in college athletics. After I was injured I did not have the drive and intensity that was required to compete at that level. Relating this to teaching, It reiterates why teaching is a great profession because as teachers we get an opportunity to take time away from what were doing and let our mind clear. My question is how can I Recharge during the middle of the year?

  • kkachel

    Taking that little walk to the farmer’s market or planting some flowers can be very difficult to do when a person is fighting the clock to meet a deadline. The small, meaningful breaks often take as much conscious thought as meeting the deadline requirements. Taking these breaks also helps bring fresh ideas back when a person returns to the grind of meeting a deadline.

  • katrina brown

    I have personally experienced the feeling of burnout and it is not fun. I completely agree with your statement that someone who experiences burnout is 90% more likely to experience it again, because i have personally experienced the feeling multiple occasions. When i experienced those burnout periods my mind and body were not able to keep up with my plans and goals, which results in more stress and develops a dangerous domino effect on my mental and physical wellbeing. I am beginning to understand the importance of my physical wellbeing on my overall productivity.

  • Kyle moore

    I believe all kids and adults have experienced this once or many more times in their lives. People have a tendency for change or challenge. In the aspect of sport, kids feel too challenged, not challenged enough, or it isn’t much fun anymore. What needs to happen is to conduct these activities in a fun, successful and new way for people. When I experienced this I had been the sport for many years. I hit the age of being in high school and didn’t like playing because it wasn’t about the players or joy of the game but rather of winning and business. So by that I ask coaches and myself as a coach to make it about athletes and not themselves all the time.

  • Reece Raethke

    The mental aspects of burnout are often forgotten because of the obvious physical symptoms that appear. It is a great point that we need to remember the mental stress we go through each day because the psychological symptoms can be just as unpleasant as the physical symptoms of burnout.

  • Aaron Ackerman

    I think burnouts happen quite frequently among students when it is close to finals. Putting 8-10 hours of studying at the library is not uncommon at all but I do believe breaks needs to be worked in. My thing is basketball so I would study for four hours or so then walk to the William Center shoot hoops for a half hour then walk back. During this time I would see the same students not looking up one time from their books trying to cram as much information in as possible. I am wondering Ann if you have ever done any studies on mental burnouts? If so what were some of the main side effects?

  • Robert Murdock

    I can rememeber the first time I sustained mental burnout in showskiing. I was show director one year for the team I skied with. Running practices, designing flow of the show, directing skiers to their acts, boats to their postitons, coordinating music, and after shows watching video til the early hours of the morning of our show criticing it so we could improve at the next practice or show. By the time we were at our state tournament in the middle of the season i was so exhausted that I didn’t even want to ski. The following summer I continually worked out through the summer as I hadnt been doing previously. I found that having an outside release helped me regain the joy I took in skiing. I started feeling the same burnout again this summer with skiing, working two jobs, and school. My question would be, how would you go about balancing life stressors to reduce burnout if you were me? Sleep less? quit one of the jobs? not take summer classes?

  • Travis Ricci

    After feeling burnout approaching me this summer actually training and running for track and field every day with little sleep working and going to summer school the mental fatigue can be so immense it can be overwhelming. Sometimes you just need to take a step back and realize how far you can push your body before it breaks. In my experience I have felt that slowing down a little keep training but making it enjoyable again then something I’m required to do makes everything a lot better to ease back into.

  • Justin Shelton

    Along with what Aaron said, I believe that burnout happens often in college students, especially during finals week. Students put in endless hours at the library without any breaks trying to get every bit of information for their finals. Almost every student, along with myself, has experienced this. However, I figured out in the past semesters that if you take breaks by either walking, working out, or even watching tv, you feel a lot more fresh when coming back to the material you are learning and you can obatin more informmation than you would if you were not to take breaks and it also avoids the feelings of tension and confusion.

  • Sharmaine A.

    That’s true. But with all the things people have going on in their lives it gets difficult to just relaxed, or stop making decisions (as the article mentioned).

  • Eric H

    I experienced burnout in my freshman year of college. I went to school in Dubuque, Iowa and was a part of the basketball team. I wanted to be great. I lifted and did conditioning with the team, then attended individual workouts with an instructor for an hour then practiced every day. After a few months, I started to become anxious all of the time along with body aches and pains. I also had a decreased sense of wanting to do things with my friends. It became so bad that I had to tell the coach I was transferring the next year. I learned a lot about burnout through this experience, and learned my lesson to not over work my body.How would someone regain their love and passion for something after being burned out by it previously?

  • Kevin Semler

    Most coaches need to understand this concept of burn outs in their athletes. I have never had a traumatic experience with burnouts before but I have seen in happen with a friend a mine. He was a wrestler and ended up breaking up with his girlfriend, doing terrible in school, and noticeably lost a ton of weight and dropped almost two whole weight classes. Coaches need to talk to their players and get their heads out of their you-know-whats to wake up to reality, and not just what their record is going to be this season.

  • Ronny

    I would have to agree with you. Being a wrestler in high school and college some of the things that athletes do to achieve there goals are ridiculous. they end up burning out in the end which causes even more frusteration.

  • Sydney Sipos

    The first thing that popped into my head was the creator of Invisible Children, who created the KONY 2012 video that got so much coverage – and who, after a crazy period of interviews, had a mental breakdown and was running around naked on the sidewalk. Though that’s a dramatic example, his story and this article are good reminders for us to all remember to take a breather and let our bodies relax and calm down (both from physical, mental, and emotional stress). It’s too easy to sacrifice sleep and relaxation for the world around us.

  • Brooke Gregory

    This blog has helped me to realize that I don’t have to do everything all at once (mostly in relation to school work). Also that in order to not have to do everything all at once I need to start earlier with my tasks so I can have time to take a break and do something for my mental stability. I’ve realized that I have a lot of mental break downs during the semester and I feel that they may be from being burnt out. Is it possible to stop myself from becoming burnt out during the semester?

  • Brady Sexton

    You always hear the phrase “Push your limits”. While I believe that phrase holds a lot of value, this article has also shown me that the body and the mind needs a way to recover from this. Accepting that their is a limit your body can take and that pushing yourself to the limit day after day might in fact hurt you in the long run is very important.

  • Janina Perez

    Thanks for your Burn out submission! Enlightened to know our brain is also a muscle.As a cyclist, I know full well how far an overused muscle can take you.

  • Brittney Glende

    This was a great article Ann with very interesting information that definitely was of interest to me. I find it unique that you stated aspiring olympic sprinters and start up CEO’s have the same psychological symptoms. When you talked about the 1993 study when they found athletes who were burnt out, 90% of the time will feel that again. This is really interesting to me because I have been an athlete my whole life and towards the end of my high school career and my first year in college playing ball, I was definitely burnt out. So that feeling of being burnt out will most likely affect me later on in life? @annwertzgarvin:disqus

  • cateynavarro

    Even for those of us who can’t change the world, we can still make a difference in our own lives and the lives of family and friends. To me this means being at my 100% efficiency. I have gotten many remarks over the years because I like to go to bed a reasonable time because I know the next day will be UGLY if I don’t. If I am tired and crabby the next day how am I supposed to be at my 100%. I love taking a break from my crazy life and reading a book or laying outside thinking of all the great thing I will do once I get up. I do not want loose my momentum in life because I know I will do great things but in due time.

  • Hannah Leggett-Hintz

    As a college student I completely understand your explanation on burning out. Coming into college my freshman year was the largest transition I’ve ever made. I came into it thinking I literally could take on the world; not only that, but WIN as well! Unfortunately, I quickly learned that I was VERY stoppable, and that it would hit me in the face like a freight train when it happened. I went to Stockbridge High School, graduating with seventeen other students, completely unprepared for college compared to the rest of the world. I started out at UW Madison, such an achievement and beyond for me to even get accepted there! Only weeks into being at school, I was already burnt out. It almost immediately clicked that I wasn’t at the right school for me-too large, impersonal, and unrealistic at the time. After a semester I transferred to UW Whitewater, and haven’t regretted it a day since. Of course, I have a very over-achieving personality, so I continue to pile on responsibility after responsibility each semester. However, at least I know now that I can handle all of my responsibilities and demanding tasks because I’m at the right place for me. After my burnout experience, I have learned the limitations within myself.

  • Natasha Tynczuk

    I wish more people understood the concept of burning out. I believe that it is important to have some down time worked into your schedule to help you unwind, even if it is just for a short amount of time. If more people did this, I think the world would be a better place. I’m sure anyone who has ever stepped foot in a heavily populated city, like Chicago, would agree that the majority of the population should take a chill pill every once in a while.

  • Carly Konkol

    After 3 1/2 years of being in college, becoming burnt out is a feeing all too familiar. I tend to always look at the “big picture”. Everything I need to get done within the next month, instead of focusing on each assignment or each hurdle. Now that I am graduating in December, I feel that I have gotten better at this as the years have progressed. Everytime I start to feel overwhelmed, I take each assignment, project and paper one by one. This article related to me in that aspect. Stress can cause so many negative symptoms and change the outcome of so many tasks. Although I can’t say I live stress free, I really try to focus on something for an hour or two if I start to feel stress coming on. Most of the time, I call my mom and she knows just what to say to relax me, then I go for a run or do something completely unrelated to the stressor, then come back to it with a fresh mind.

  • Jack Delabar

    Those are some awesome coping methods Carly! It took me quite a while to figure out that I could stop something, go relax for a while, and then pick it back up. I am a strong minded person and once I put my mind to something, I typically like to finish it during that sitting. That, however, is not quite possible with all things, so finding stress relievers like yours can be a huge help during the times that I need them.

  • Jack Delabar

    Having coached and been involved in high school sports for the last 4 years, I have seen kids get burnt out on both football and baseball at a very young age. Why? In my opinion, it is because the parents want little Jimmy to get a damn college scholarship from the time he is 3 years old. They force feed him all kinds of camps and coaching and training from the time he can hold a ball and by the time he gets to high school, he doesn’t even want to play! They need to think about short term goals. One game at a time, maybe even one season at a time in order to keep little Jimmy engaged and goal oriented. Thanks for the post, Ann.

  • Jessica White

    As a secondary student, I know exactly what burn out can feel like. I juggle a home life, college, wedding plans, work and much more. I admit, I tend to look at all the tasks that need to be done in one large chunk and it gets to the point where you don’t want to do any of it. When I attended another university a few years back, I had a friend that got so stressed out that she began having panic attacks and it actually put her in the hospital! She was an athlete, 4.0 student, had lots of friends and had a supporting family but trying to hold the world on her shoulders with no break to take some time for herself did her in. She spent 10 days in the hospital but came out with very specific coping mechanisms to keep her stress level down. Every day, she took some time for herself whether it was to read a book, go for a walk or take a nap. I, too, have coping mechanisms for stress and sometimes need to be reminded of them. Ann has a very good point, if you don’t take time for yourself, you won’t have the energy to do what you want to get done.

  • thomas kearney

    Wow!!!! I really want to start off by saying I really enjoy reading your blogs. I really agree with the burnout syndrome that you mention throughout the blog. I agree because I suffer from the burnout syndrome a lot on a daily basis. I have a good idea but if I think too much or I think the good idea will fail I brush it off. I find this article very useful. It gives me the inspiration to keep pushing forward, and to take my time to come up with one great idea whether than 100 burnout ideas. Slow and steady wins the race comes to mind when I read this article. I thank you for assuring me that there is always hope with any idea if you incorporate patience into that idea. I will be taking this lesson with me throughout my life’s journey. My question for you is, how frequently have you suffered from the burnout syndrome?

  • Aarynn Bosshart

    I love that you are not afraid to say what you’ve just said in this article. When it comes down to it, the American lifestyle of “go-go-go” and “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” just isn’t healthy. I have a lot of younger cousins. Some are still in elementary school, and I kid you not, they are involved in three year-round sports. What happened to the days when baseball was just a summer activity and basketball was just a winter activity? As a result, activities that are supposed to be for their enjoyment start to feel like a chore for them, and even feel stressful. I used to think I was accomplishing more by stretching myself in every direction possible and filling every hour of every day with some sort of class, club, activity, etc. That lifestyle is what the world seems to preach, and because of it I was a sleep-deprive, stressed out zombie. I’ve come to realize that by choosing a select few activities to be involved in, it makes all aspects of my life more meaningful and more enjoyable. Not only that, but when I take time each day to do something relaxing (read my bible, play music, paint, go for a walk etc) I am much happier doing any work that I have to get done. I think changing the world is not so much about what you do, but how you do it. If I have no passion for what I’m doing, I will not get anywhere.

  • Luke Drumel

    Ann, the way you break down this article is completely true, and many burnouts do forgot that there human and want results right away. As being a former football player and weight lifter its extremely important to set aside time for yourself like you said, to shutdown the engine and get back to neutral so you can finish the race.

  • karinaz10

    Burnout is a concept that I am all too familiar with. As a college student with goals of attending dental school the pressures to be successful can be overwhelming. I tend to stress about applying and being accepted into dental school, taking the DAT, the amount of schooling I have ahead of me and paying off loans I haven’t even taken out yet. I became so anxious about my future that I gave up on my dream. I changed my major and lowered my standards of achievement. But I came to realize that I wasn’t as passionate about my new major as I was about dentistry. I have recently switched back and with much advice from my parents (and your article) I am trying a more “pro-body” approach.

  • Alex Prailes

    In high school, as a student athlete, I have had the burnout feeling you have just discussed. This is something that I feel like Americans, myself included, are very guilty if doing. Most mentalities you hear today are “I can sleep when I’m dead”, which is definitely not true. When you say that many people will experience another burnout up to 90 percent is this because of bad habits or is this because you are just more prone to another burnout after the first?
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Trista Radloff

    I am having similar feelings as you are. I have switched my major a few times as a Freshmen which I consider normal, if not healthy. However, in the start of this new semester I am feeling a little burnout. I want to become an Occupational Therapist, which is a form of caregiving. This summer I quit a two year job as a caregiver in a group home because I wasn’t happy with the management anymore and felt that too much burden was put on me. I then started a job as an inhome caregiver. I do like my job, but I don’t see myself being happy taking care of people for the rest of my life. In fact I’ve already started looking for other potential jobs to do before I graduate. Burnout is very real and can stop you for doing what you really want to do in life.

  • Skowronssj06

    I love, love, love this article! I agree that Americans are always so “on” all the time. I mean I get it because we have to be to be able to compete and survive out there in the “real world”. But people do need to realize that they need breaks every once in a while- to stop and smell the roses. As a college student I am always thinking about money, time and school. It’s constantly running through my brain and when I think about it too long or too much I start getting anxiety, confusion and truthfully I just want to cry. Becoming a doctor is my dream, but the process to get there is overwhelming. My dad always tells me- never get too stressed, we will take you on a trip, we will send you care packages and be there for you. It’s nice to know that I have a support system and a place to go to fall on when overwhelmed. I’ve been taught since I was little that you have to take breaks in life in order to stay sane and reach your goals the right way- the healthy way.

  • Brad Vogel

    This is an interesting article. As a student who has some of the most unconventional career goals I know that burnout can be experienced if I’m not careful. However, that is why you will NEVER see me become a college athletics coach. There is no way I could stand to do the same thing nearly 24/7/365.

  • CoachDavis24

    For once, I think I might be ahead of the curve on this one. I not only take breaks from life and stress, I need to. Maybe it’s the reason why I don’t stress about things that much. My 2 biggest goals are to be a state champion in football and to be recognized as a great P.E. teacher. Most of my life I have taken the long road, to get everywhere. The long way seems the least stressful. I’m a 28 year old college student and won’t graduate till I’m 30. If I really wanted to, I could have been done this may. I have backed off in times of stress to not be overworked and it has allowed me to have great grades and less stress. I understand how much I can handle and know when to back off and take some food off my plate. I may be taking the long road but I will eventually achieve my goals.

  • ReneeKirch19

    This was a very interesting article, thanks for sharing! I think way too many people fall victim to the effects of this type of “burnout” you were explaining. These effects are so harmful to our bodies, yet most of the time we don’t seem to care. Why is it that reaching our goals and crossing the finish line is more important to us than keeping our bodies safe and healthy? College students do this all the time. I am a strong believer that our bodies need sleep, and that sleep is one of the most important things in our lives. It keeps us healthy and keeps are minds functioning correctly. But as a college student myself, I am guilty of staying up late, working until two in the morning, and using every bit of free time I have to get my school work done. It’s exhausting and it’s stressful, but yet I still live my life the way I do. I burnout, which is why I really liked the last line of your article, “…if you don’t have the energy to clear your hurdles, you’ll never finish the race.” These words are going to stick with me for a long time, and when I feel myself burning out, I will remember them.

  • Abbey Stibbs

    This article was particularly important to me because I am a student right now in college, in my last year, and I am starting to feel this burnout feeling people talk about. I have worked my butt off to get where I am in school, and to get the grades that I have. I have cried, laughed, and even thrown a few things because of how frustrated I was at certain points throughout my education. However, I did realize that it is important to take breaks along the way, and have time for yourself. If you do this, burning out won’t happen as often. If I get the chance to talk to Ann about this particular article, I would ask her more on her strategies of keeping calm with so much going on.

    Thank you,
    Abbey Stibbs

  • HelpHealth002

    I’ve sadly seen this happen to way too many people in my own life. When I first meet them they are energetic, full of excitement about the future and how they can make a difference in the world. Then a few months down the road, they are almost completely different people. That ‘spark’ that was in their eyes is gone and they become depressed because they haven’t reached their goals when they expected to. I believe this blog is useful for many to read so they don’t make the same mistake of putting their health in the passenger seat of life. It’s hard to take a break with a society that’s constantly on the go. What do you recommend people doing to help combat the feeling that they are being ‘left behind’ if they take breaks and aren’t constantly climbing that ladder? Thank you Professor Garvin for posting this blog.

  • Ananda Conlon

    I feel that this is a very real thing. I think that it is unrealistic to believe that burnout only happens in a physical way. There are many other dimensions to a person than just physical wellness. I think that a person could get burned out in a social or emotional way as well by being in an environment that puts too much stress on that area for an extended period of time. I think that each individual has a different threshold for this. I would think that it is pretty safe to say that most Americans have experienced this as some point in their life at least once.

  • mankobj22

    Burnout is never a welcomed feeling in any aspect of life. It is human nature to believe that you are the best at a given activity or that you can accomplish anything no matter the magnitude solely because you are you. The fact that we are all not born with the same genetics and raised in the same environment makes this way of thinking a slippery slope for many people. Dreaming and being self-confident are both great things in their own right, but neither of these traits will change the world or bring you success by themselves. If you throw common sense, hard work, and intelligence into the mix with dreaming big and being self-confident great things start to happen. Looking at every aspect of a situation or a project will reveal the framework for its success, and allow for a lesser chance of encountering burnout.

  • knapprl17

    I enjoyed this article. I think it is relevant to my life right now and it helped me realize that if I don’t give myself a break once in awhile I am going to burn out and not reach the goals I have set for myself. I can tell I am getting close to the burnout point because I keep piling on more extracurricular activities to go along with soccer and a full class schedule. I have not given myself the opportunity to have down time. I believe that burning out is more than just physical. After a while mentally you just need some time not worrying about school and everything that is going on in your life/

  • Garrett Nelson

    Thank you for this very insightful article. This seems relevant in so many different people and professions today, and the trick is to catch when you are about to burnout before it actually happens. This information is definitely helpful for myself as well, as I participate in athletics, attend school, work in manual labor, and on top of that, care for my companion and best friend Cosmo, my 2 year old cat. Not only is this enough to burn you out if not balanced well, but it’s enough to knock you on your ass and keep you there for a good long while (Pardon my language). I recently just got the news that I have pre-patellar bursitis in my knee along with a bacterial infection due to overworking my knee joint causing much inflammation, which could count as an example of physical burnout. Not only is it hard to walk and move without it feeling like sharp knives and needles being stabbed into my knee, but the mental aspect of keeping myself together and not going crazy because of physical limitations is another example of burnout. One thing I don’t understand is how athletes who have experienced burnout once before have a 90% chance of experiencing it again. Wouldn’t you think that they would learn from the first time, or are they just simply unaware or too drawn to their goals that they miss the signs of a burnout? Question for the author, what are some good coping skills and techniques that you use to avoid burnout? Thank you.

  • Kyree Brooks

    I love this article Ms. Garvin! You vividly just explored my mind because sometimes I go over my expectations far too often. I need to start small and pace myself with my goals. Most of the time I am either too fatigue or upset with myself to complete the day. Before burning myself out I need to take a step back and give myself a break. And like you said it may seem “Un-American” fall short or are slow to reaching a goal, but as well it is very smart to do. This article gave me a self reflection of what I face everyday and my goals. Thank you Ms. Garvin

  • Tracy_Werner

    This article is very relatable to my life right now while I am in college. I feel like in order to get anything done some days, I need to take a nap first. Otherwise anything I read for class will go in one ear and out the other. I put so much on my plate and want to do everything so quickly that I forget that I am only one person and I should take it easy sometimes. What are some other ways to make sure you don’t burnout? Would you suggest pushing some things to the side for a while? Thanks for this article! It’s making me think about how life isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon and things take time. I shouldn’t spread myself so thin that I burn out.

  • danac501

    Thank you for this article Ms. Garvin! I am always very hard on myself to get good grades in school and I will push to the limit to make that happen maybe a little too much sometimes. I have experienced burnout during school I will push myself so hard to study, study, study that by the end of the semesters I can barely study for finals. Over the last year I have tried to plan for big assignments so that I can have time to relax or take a nap but after a while it gets hectic and stressful. Do you think stress leads to burnout also? Do you have any strategies that might be easier and not as stressful?

  • Camillewuensch

    This article was very thought provoking. I know that most of the time I always wear my self out untill I’m deathly sick. I always feel like there just isn’t enough hours in the day to get everything that I have going on done. It’s constantly waking up early, go to class, work, do homework and if I feel like it sometimes go out with friends and if I really have a lot of engry drink at the bars. I never really thought that it was as bad as it is for my body I just always told myslef its fine and I know I’ll get sick. The body shouldn’t be used to that and I shouldn’t have been thinking like that in college. This article makes me want to slow down and try hard to manage my time better so that my body can be at 100% at any given time.

  • Nicole Myers

    I do the exact same thing. I tend to spread myself very thin as well and I think that is common among college students. We need to get so much done according to a deadline and we cannot stop till it is done. I couldn’t agree more. I am also interested in what are some ways to decrease burnout rates and ideas about how to relieve the stress of being a student. Well said!

  • warnlofjc20

    Thanks for posting, that was a very interesting read. I also think its very important to be realistic about your physical well being, when I first started going to the gym and working out I would go everyday for 3-4 days straight and be there for an close to 2 hours each time and then I would just stop going for a week because I had completely worn myself out on it so I know first hand what you mean by a burnout. The one thing I don’t agree with in this article is that the idea of realizing your physical limitations is un-American, I think the “American attitude” is kind of a reach for the stars mentality but I also think that it is the idea that you should do the best with what you have and to be proud of that.

  • Mitch Sween

    Thanks for the post.
    This is a good reminder to step back sometimes and plant/smell the roses. I believe that everyone burns out in different capacities. I think physical and mental burnout are similar. The physical toll of a burnout will increase the chances of a mental burnout. For example if you do bad on a test you’ve been studying for weeks, you most likely will not have a very good workout right after.

  • Taylor Schaeffer

    Thank you for writing this article. I do not think I could have chose a better time to read this article than right as my senior year swim season is getting started. I have experienced burnout before and it is not a fun thing, in fact I never want to feel like that again. I sometimes need to be reminded to slow down, if something isn’t feeling right or hurts I need to stop. When I was younger I would just push through all of that and now that I am in college I am realizing that pushing right though doesn’t always work. This article was a great reminder to slow down and take care of my body.

  • Matthew Manley-Browne

    Thank you for the well-written article. When I read this article I thought back to previous semesters around exam time. The burnout that athletes and college students experience are not so different from one another. Many students become so anxiety ridden because of the pressure to do well, that they end up hindering their performance rather than helping it. When I studied for exams in the past, I found it helpful to take a break once in awhile and set a time limit on how much time I spent studying. This article is a useful piece of advice that I think most college students would read, especially since I’m sure they’re had a burnout experience that they can relate to.

  • hirthjp18

    The feeling of burning out can be so rough on a person. Like you said it limits you from finish that race or project. Ive seen tons of athletes just burn out over the years. You see athletes train for years and that’s all they do, no wonder they burn out. Everyone’s needs a break from what they are doing. taking time for yourself and recharging your body and mind is something people forget to do. You cant be on the 24/7 work mode because you’ll eventually burn out.

  • Daniel Preuss

    Thanks Ann for another great article! As a college student myself, I continue to struggle with finding enough time for myself and often forget to stop and take a chill pill sometimes. Between 16 credits of classes and 25-30 hours per week of work, getting burnt out happens quite often in my life and this article really helped dissect the downfalls that becoming burnt out can have in anyone’s life, college student or not.

  • earose14

    This describes my life at some points. I feel like I am on the go and constantly trying to better myself when most the time I am tired and wore out I should be relaxing. Getting burnt out and hitting plateaus is the worst feeling because it seems so hard to over come them that sometime you give up. So like you were saying its better to take longer and save the world then get burnt out and quite before you accomplish anything. Why is it though that you reach those peaks and can’t seem to overcome them? Thanks for sharing this blog it completly shows an example of most college students!

  • Nathan

    Thanks! I agree with you that people make unrealistic goals. As a health professional I want to help people make realistic goals, this means you can always change your goals. I really don’t understand why people think they need to change their bodies in 2 months. If the goal is to be a healthy person, then they should be losing weight that will stay off forever.

  • Charles Fischer

    I agree and this is true, if you are working on a paper or a major project, you need to keep take time to take care of your self. “Stop and smell the flowers”

  • SasCas116

    Thank you for this article professor Garvin! I swear these are all so true! I believe that what you said specifically about taking longer strides to actually accomplish your goal was so on point. We, as stubborn Americans, always want to outrun or compete with on another, but we underestimate the wellness of ourselves when competing. Underestimating your wellness and activity goals is a huge no no. I personally see my family start a fitness routine, give their all, and give up. It gets them nowhere. Maybe I’ll recommend this article to them! Your insights never fail to impress me! Thank you again!

  • SasCas116

    I totally agree with you knapprl17! Burnout is a strong asset to our physical lives, but if you’re mentally burned out than your physical energy is going to become very low! Sounds like you have a lot going on! Good luck with everything! As you had mentioned that you need to give yourself down time, I highly recommend it, and it’s such an important asset to revive our own mentality and energy. Be careful and don’t burn out!

  • SasCas116

    That’s such a great point Hannah! I can totally agree with you in saying, I felt like I was ready for everything once college hit. Isn’t it funny how we all think that?! I can’t believe you only graduated with 17 other students, what a transition that must have been! I’m so glad that Whitewater has worked out for you, I too love it here a lot! Especially the health and nutrition classes Whitewater chooses to offer!

  • Theresa Fitzsimmons

    Thank you for sharing this article. I agree with what you are saying. School is very exhausting and sometimes we as students can’t even function enough to do homework we are so tired. It is extremely important to take a break, do some yoga, or take a nap. I feel more motivated after taking a break and I get my projects or homework done faster when I have more energy. With less energy it takes me twice as long to get assignments done. I also disagree though because last year I worked two jobs and did full time school work. Sometimes you do have to kill your physical well-being to reach a goal. It is not by any means good for you but I have occasionally had to suffer to finish the race.

  • Alyssa Schragen

    I often forgot what a nap can do for your body mentally and physically, there are too many times that I make the bad decision vs good when it comes to how productive I am because I am just too tired. I might not go for my night walk, or maybe I put off my homework till another day, or maybe I just eat what’s there rather than take the time to cook. I could save myself from this point of exhaustion from a simple nap. I think where I struggle is when to fit in a nap, and for how long. I would love to say that 20 minutes after my classes are over before rugby or my other evening events begin; however I find myself almost fighting it or wasting that 20 minutes I gave myself time for a nap by trying too hard to sleep and it just not working. I wish burning out wasn’t so easy to do… however I think what your article made me realize is that burning out is almost easier to fix rather than how exhausting it could be doing the reverse of that.

  • Kristina Padlo

    This article was very helpful. It brings to my attention the
    things I tend not to think about when starting an exciting project or get a
    great idea. At first I’m full of adrenalin and excitement and passion drives my
    abilities but once I get going I don’t really consider the complications of
    burnout. It’s easy to feel like superman and want to do it all but I agree in
    order to get anything done you have to be honest with yourself about how much
    you can take on all at once. It helps to do things in steps and taking necessary
    breaks to rejuvenate my excited energy.

  • ReneeBinder

    Being a college student this article relates to my life quite a bit. I feel burnout almost on a semester basis because I over involve myself and say yes too much. When this burnout happens I don’t have the energy to get anything done and all motivation is gone. I think this is something that is very important for everyone to keep in mind to ensure that your goals are being met and your body is being taken care of.

  • Steffiheuer

    Thank you for your article. I recently heard a speech that said,”sleep is for the weak.” but when you think about it we need sleep. Your article just reminds me of how important taking proper care of yourself is. We must put ourselves before others sometimes to actually benefit them. I really liked this article because it says just that. If we are sick we cannot help those that need us and makes us useless. I liked how this article related to our lives.

  • mrmanuz

    I’ve had family members who have worked themselves to the point to where they become sick, and the effects are obvious. Housekeeping falls to the wayside, and they become gloomy. The effects of fatigue are very real, and it’s often difficult to recover from fatigue once we have it. It’s important to everything around us that we make sure our health is in check and that we do not over work ourselves.

  • Chris Williams

    Another good article Ann! I believe all kids and adults have experienced this once or many more times in their lives. People have a tendency for change or challenge. In the aspect of sport, kids feel too challenged, not challenged enough, or it isn’t much fun anymore. What needs to happen is to conduct these activities in a fun, successful and new way for people. When I experienced this I had been the sport for many years. I hit the age of being in high school and didn’t like playing because it wasn’t about the players or joy of the game but rather of winning and business. So by that I ask coaches and myself as a coach to make it about athletes and not themselves all the time.

  • znazarzai1

    As an avid volunteer on campus as an undergrad, I saw almost all student leaders (myself included) burnout. We strived for perfection in the work we were doing despite our limited means and time. This often resulted in us becoming frustrated with those on campus that didn’t dedicate as much time as we did to support our cause. This disillusionment with our peers led to a disillusionment of the work we were doing. Was what we cared about really important if we were the only ones that cared about them? Our goals were ambitious, but our means for accomplishing them were limited. This gap resulted in us questioning our involvement in the first place and often “taking a break” from the organization.

  • hasselbemj31

    This is very true, burnout does exist and is something that can end your career or sporting events. I know when I was in middle school I was in 4 sports at the same time I use to go from track practice to softball practice to soccer practice to club volleyball practice. By the time I reached high school I became burnout physically and mentally. I just didn’t enjoy always being on the go or never having and down time to myself. I also ended up fracturing my lower back twice in high school playing volleyball. I don’t know if this had to exactly deal with all the sports I had done when I was little but I am sure it had a little something to do with it. A huge thing after reading this article I think we as humans have a hard time slowing down and really thinking about what is important in life. We need to be able to read our bodies and listen to them when they want a break so we don’t reach this point of burnout.

  • Kent Miehe

    This is something that runners have to be very aware of. We run close to 60 miles per week, and if we don’t take our easy days “easy,” it’s not very hard to have lose a lot of energy in our legs. Running track and cross country is very demanding on your body. However, I disagree that EVERYONE has to take this precaution. Because just like running, different CEOs can handle different amounts of stress. Some people can handle lots of stress and excel through it. Nonetheless, a person has to be able to know their limits.

  • Taylor Schulz

    I also think that burnout can either make or break our “save the world” agendas, but I also think there is another aspect to this burnout. I think that people who put all their effort into something with full speed ahead can risk potential to engage in other save the world projects/ideas. I think it is a good idea to put in the effort, but like you said, maybe not all at once. I agree with you when you say you need to clear the hurdles one at a time in order to finish the race. Thanks for posting!

  • sgawinski

    I think you make some great points in this post, Dr. Garvin. As someone who grew up playing sports and specialized in a sport through high school, I experienced burnout even though I had an enormous passion for what I was doing. My dream was to play baseball in college, or even at a higher level than that. But throughout high school I started to contemplate whether it was even something I wanted to do anymore because I got so burned out of it. That being said, it’s definitely a great idea to be persistent and work towards what we want or need to get done, but to not fixate on it and overwork ourselves!

  • Glassborow

    This article reminds me of the story of the tortoise and the hare. The tortoise succeeded over the speedy hare because he took his time and didn’t try to do everything at once When you’ve set a goal you need to make sure you go little steps at a time and not go all out and then after 2 weeks you give up because you’re completely exhausted. I believe I experienced burnout not so long ago, I was so focused on trying to play sport and work as hard as I could to get good grades, it all caught up with me and I began to lose interest in sport and the gym and didn’t really see it as a fun thing to do. Every time I tried to get into it again I would go too hard and be back at square one.

  • evillarr6

    I definitely agree with this. As an aspiring professional dancer, I’ve experienced burnout, both physically and mentally. What helps me is to remind myself of my big goal, and recognize that the small little steps that I sometimes find difficult to accomplish are necessary to achieve my dream.

  • Cossioj14

    Burnout is definitely a real thing and I like how you put it into the realm of non-athletics. Burnout can happen to anyone at anytime and its not just limited to athletes. Sometimes we see the big picture and want to draw with color before we outline it in pencil and can lead to that burnout phase where we just completely shut down and our project/goals shutdown with us.

  • Steven Bichler

    Burnout is definitely real. The scary thing its happening at younger and younger ages now a days. I started burning out of soccer in High School from having played year round since i was 8. Its part of the reason I don’t play anymore and it’s said because young athletes start losing their love for the sport they play.

  • thompsonjm99

    Interesting article. I’ve experienced burnout in my high school years during sports and preparing for the ACT. I always felt stressed and had anxiety to perform well. I agree that we should not limit our goals but we should just create and pursue more realistic goals so that we do not experience a burnout and add stress to our lives. What age group do you think suffers from burnouts the most frequently?

  • d_millyy

    Great article! I think everyone could relate to this because burning out essentially comes from putting too much on your plate. Sometimes, we don’t have any control over what is put on our plate and that can be frightening and a quicker way to burning out. A high school or college athlete comes to my mind when I say that, school, homework, practices, and games are all things you do not get to pick the times and due dates so you must do them when you have to do them regardless how you may feel; this is when burnouts happen. So therefore, I love that you say you may need a nap or to go plant some flowers because everyone can avoid burnout by simply finding ways to feel in control. The best way to feel in control of your life is to do something for yourself. Would you agree with me about a need for control? So let’s say you get an assignment done and your brain is feeling all mushy, then you should go out and do something you’ve been wanting to do, and take a break. As Aaron Rodgers would say, “R-E-L-A-X”.

  • James

    Burning out is a real thing that we can all relate to. I know many of people to burn out in my own life, but they were all athletes. I never thought about it with the mind. I wonder how many great ideas and dreams have died because they didn’t know how to limit themselves in the physical sense.

  • Kaylee Raucci

    Thanks for the post! I like this, but for myself I find it hard to believe. I used to do gymnastics (6 years ago) and ever since then I have been itching to get back in the gym flipping around and walking on the beam. I guess you are right on the fact that I would definitely have lost almost all my skills, but I sure do want to try and see what I can still do. I still love gymnastics, but I guess my confidence would be a little torn down once I find out I can’t do as much as I would be able to do. Not that I don’t want to try because I do, everyday! I still am and always will be an active person, but yes I would probably be a burnout once I see how much I have lost and then goes my motivation from there. I just wish there was a way that we could keep all our athletic ability for as long as we live.

  • I agree, to an extent. I feel that you should take a breather once in a while to gather yourself and make sure that you are indeed pursuing the route that you are meant to pursue.However, I feel that many people don’t know when they should reconvene with their world-taking-over-conquest. I have fallen prey to the over enthusiastic “bug” when it comes to start-ups and new pursuits, but my problem was thinking too big and eventually giving up because the picture was too large and I failed to prepare for that. I feel that this blog was very inspiring and I will work on this.

  • Hillary12

    Especially in today’s world I think burnout is a huge problem. Everything is happening so fast and it’s overwhelming. I was a high school athlete and loved every second of it. When I got to college I went out for the track team and it just wasn’t the same. I was anxious all the time and I just wasn’t the same person. I don’t think I was physically burnt out from track. I think I was mentally burnt out from the combination of school, track, and my personal life. I couldn’t balance everything and it was exhausting. I can relate to burn out, but luckily I now know how I feel when I’m getting to that point so I can make changes before it’s too late.

  • JeremyWahl

    I think everyone has dealt with a burnout in some way or another. Now days, people are always in a hurry and never take a step back and slow down to smell the roses once in a while. Sometimes when you are burntout, you dont wana do what made you burn out anymore. When i was in high school i played golf. We practiced and played golf everyday. Knowing that you have to stay with it everyday or it will effect your game, you played as often as you could, but with golfing all the time and having school and work on top of that i couldnt handle it anymore and had to step back from playing golf so often. i can relate to being burnt out. Now i only play occasionally and it is relaxing.

  • B Keng

    Back in high school, wrestling one one of the sports I wanted to excel in. I wanted to be the best that I would stay in after practice and wrestle with some of my buddies everyday. When competition came, I would feel so exhausted and tired that it was difficult to concentrate in a match. My coach notice that my “burnouts” was from over-training and had an eye on me that entire season. Burnouts suck and it will hinders you from achieving what you want, but if someone notices it, they can help you set a pace so that you can achieve your goals.

  • sauerm29

    It can be very challenging to recognize ‘burn out’, which is why it seems that so many people suffer from it. It’s true that the American attitude is “Go, go, go,” which does build an unconscious aversion to rest, relaxation, and entertainment. But, more often than not, the creative juices are flowing during times of rest, relaxation and entertainment. So while I do think its important for someone to be driven and persistent, I also believe that we need to place a higher priority on rest and regeneration.

  • tyler

    I totally agree with this article. I know myself as an athlete experienced a burnout with gymnastics which is why I chose not to pursue it in college. I had done it for so long, and so many hours I just was physically and mentally burned out. But I never recognized my burnout until I read this article, so thank you! I agree with you, it is very difficult do recognize when you are burned out. We as a society are such busy people, we rarely stop and think about ourselves, especially when we are successful. Rest is very important. Your article really made me think about myself, and the various burn outs I have had. I not only was very athletic in high school, but I run track in college. I know now after thinking about it, I have experienced a burn out. The track season is 8 months, of course I have had a burn out. A question I might ask is there any way to prevent a burn out, and if so how?

  • LeiderGM20

    I feel burnout a lot in school especially the semesters where I tried to fit in 21 credits on top of work and trying to keep my sanity. I absolutely took a ton of naps and tried to find time to relax. I knew if I didn’t I would never survive!

  • Dena Keizer

    I haven’t experienced a complete “burnout” before but i have struggled with high levels of stress and i had a hard time dealing it all. I have learned my lesson and i carefully plan out my schedule to make sure i don’t add too much stress to my life.

  • orvisbj27

    You make the great point of having not only physical burnout, but mental and emotional burnout as well. Many writers have experienced the dreaded “writer’s block.” Imagine sitting down at a computer to write one or several blogs and the sentences just not coming out or making any sense. The best thing to do is to take short mental break by going for a walk. Sometimes a longer break is needed so thoughts can be organized and processed in the back of our minds. I have found shutting down the computer for the day allows me to bring fresh and structured thoughts when returning to my writing.

  • Travis Mattice

    I feel like this is a great article for everyone! I think it really hits home for college students especially. I mean think about it, if you live to be 100 years old you will have spent 25% of your life trying to learn something in school. To me that is where burnouts can happen the most often. Always studying and always doing homework, it gets old after a while. Sometimes you just need a little break or to just slow it down a little and enjoy life and the world around you.

  • Kaylie Mae Kuhnke

    Honestly my favorite article so far. as a student athlete burnouts are far to common. my freshman year of college i was admitted to the hospital for exhaustion because i was working out 4 times a day 3 with the team and once on my own to get ahead and then mandatory study hours at the library then more studying on my own to maintain a 3.5 gpa that was needed to start on the team i found my self at the library and gym more then in my bed and in the cafeteria. Losing 20 pounds in the first month of college i thought it was from my extended workouts but when i passed out in the middle of practice doing sprints then waking up 2 days later in the hospital i realized i had burnt my candle all the way to the end. since then it happened to me once before but now that i don’t compete in college sports i have monitored this a lot better. this article hits it on the top of the head tho its not just for athletes its for anyone. Great read for everyone.

  • Andrew Bliefernicht

    I love this blog because it states that burnout is attributed not only to physical exhaustion but also (and as important) mental exhaustion. You always hear about these athlete that go to far with workouts and end up in the hospital, but you rarely hear about the student or employee putting in extra time on a project and working their mind to the absolute limit. That’s why I appreciated that tid bit at the beginning about Bob Geldof of Live Aid. You rarely hear about those people that put in so much work, and are not athletes, that their mind was put to the limit and their body gave out. I feel like I’ve never been burnt out before, but there have been times when I feel woozy from staying up all the time doing homework while also trying to stay fit. I needed to take a step back and reevaluate everything and plan accordingly so I never go too far. I have in the past dropped positions I’ve held in extracurricular activities to prevent such a thing from ever happening to me.

  • Leahrebout

    This is a great blog post! The trouble with burning out is it’s very hard to get yourself to come back to it. It’s difficult to not get so tired out that you give up or quit all together. Finding ways to not burn out and keep your focus is so important!

  • Slepicka12

    I spent 8 years as a cross country runner. and now it is so difficult to get my self out there to go for a run. i wouldn’t say that i burned out but i totally know what it feels like doing something and completely lose all motivation.

  • Slepicka12

    I agree with you about being a student athlete. i came to college as a cross country runner and had to stop running because i just couldn’t do it anymore.

  • Schudakp21

    I have always been a very active basketball player. During the summer, i play 5 days a week for 4 hours each day. One summer i started to get back pain. I didnt think much of it and i always wanted to keep playing. I saw the doctor later and he told me to rest for 2 weeks. So for about a week i went out to the court and just watched my friends play. I could not wait any longer to play so i started playing again and hurt my back even more. I had to go to physical therapy and eventually recovered but my back bothers me every so often. My mindset of always going for it and never quitting in basketball. my body burned out for a little bit on me but i recovered and im always back out on the court.

  • Kaylie Mae Kuhnke

    it is very stressful to manage athletics with school not many people can do it. at least you tried thats all that matters.

  • Slepicka12

    it was so stressful. I give anyone props for pulling of being a full time athlete and a full time student.

  • Matthew Manley-Browne

    I agree with your comment, many times people get really enthusiastic about getting things done ahead of time such as school work. eventually they realize that it’s not possible and they get discouraged and may choose not to try as hard in the future.

  • Tom Ashmus

    I think burnout is a very realistic thing. Especially academically, it seems like if you do something for long enough, you eventually start to either give up or become reckless. When this happens, stupid decisions are made and brilliant ideas go right down the drain.

  • Tom Ashmus

    That is an interesting point, even though you don’t run much anymore, all of the cross country training you have done in the past has caught up to you. Now it is hard to even go out for one run? That is an interesting study.

  • Leahrebout

    Exactly it is so hard not to get discouraged if you try to do something and can’t get it done exactly how or when you want. We need to be realistic with ourselves on what we can accomplish so we don’t expect too much. I think if we find ways to pace ourselves we can try to avoid the burn out

  • warnlofjc20

    Very true. It might not be a physically noticeable thing, but it is very easy to get burnt out on school work.

  • warnlofjc20

    I don’t think it’s so much that people realize it’s not possible and more so that it’s a lot more to it than they thought it would be and end up just throwing their hands up in the air and giving up out of lack of drive.

  • warnlofjc20

    Taking a break is something that gets glossed over a lot for some reason. A lot of the times when I’m doing homework and I go to take a break I feel almost guilty about it which is due to the fact that as students we’ve always had it pounded into our heads that school is the most important thing and that you have to get it done and get good grades if you want to accomplish any degree of success. Taking breaks is just as important as doing the work itself.

  • Slepicka12

    No i still run all the time but not competitive anymore.

  • Miggz13

    In my freshman year of college I was always at the gym 5 days a week for 2 hours. I was in shape, but then jot got tired of going to the gym. I did not rest when I should of. I was dismissed from school, because my grades were so poor. My tiredness was overwhelming me during lectures eventually I started sleeping through my classes and the later began to not care about school. All I wanted to do was sleep all morning. In my opinion if people get burnout they should take their time when it comes to physical activities such as exercising. That way one can build up motivation to do whatever they want.

  • Miggz13

    I completely agree with you I have had my fair share with burning out. I used up way to much of my energy after spending 2 hours at the gym before for several weeks. Sleeping after working out for that long feels great, but the thing that sucks is sleeping in a not catching up on homework.

  • Miggz13

    I have been the same shoes you have been through. It gets hard to get back that motivation, but it takes time and determination if one wants to get back into shape.

  • Miggz13

    Agreed, I would probably include eating the proper food to fuel you through out the whole day can improve one to be fully awake and have the energy to exercise. You made a valid point though being so tired can make people give up easy.

  • Miggz13

    That must of been hard to maintain a high GPA and be in a sport at the same time. I know how you feel freshman year I took a course that was called military and condition. I would have to be up at 5am to workout for 1 hour and 30 minutes and then go back home to get ready to for school and then work for 8 hours. I continued on with that same routine till the end. Many students dropped out of the class, because they could not handle the stress.

  • Miggz13

    I feel that students should not pound to much in their heads when it comes to homework. I agree that students should take breaks after doing homework for so long. There is nothing to feel guilty about it you are doing the right thing.

  • Miggz13

    That could be thats why one should take baby steps when engaging in other save the world project/ideas. That way people can accomplish a lot more rather than just rushing everything at once.

  • Taylor Schulz

    I agree, I feel as though it is essential to work in small increments towards a goal of such large measures. But on the other hand, any step towards saving the world is definitely a step in the right direction!

  • Ryano313

    People like to use burnout a lot, and I think it happens to everybody in their lifetime. Whether it deals with school, work, sports, or even family. I know personally for me it occurs in school because I have been going to school since the age of 5. It just gets tiring and after that long it is just a pain in the ass

  • Miggz13

    As long as we laugh, enjoy life, and our goals will always be reached. With that we will be able to smile and live strong.

  • Travis Mattice

    I really like that you said that. Burn outs are way to common on really anything. Work, School spending to much time doing anything really. I like that you brought up the part about having school pounded into our heads. In my opinion School is SO overrated in order to be successful. But here I am, in College.

  • Kaylie Mae Kuhnke

    that’s awesome that you finished it the class! good for you! i think sometimes its easier to do it when you love what you do. because i loved softball so much i never noticed how much i was burning out. Most of the time you don’t notice when you do it until its happening. but you finishing that class and doing other classes and work is something to be happy about that’s a tough class

  • Miggz13

    Indeed it was thats why I took the class again, because I loved the class so much. But I do regret it though should of finish the second semester focusing on homework rather than enjoying the class.

  • warnlofjc20

    I don’t know if I’d go so far as to say it’s over rated but I do think that it’s really over exaggerated. Sure, if you want to take 18 credits a semester and get a 4.0 then you’re probably going to be pretty busy but you can still get good grades and a degree without killing yourself with homework in the process.

  • warnlofjc20

    Exactly. Especially on long stretches of homework, if you don’t take a break then you’re going to get to the point where you’re really half assing the homework just so you can finally be done with it.

  • Travis Mattice

    Think about it though. We go to college because that is what society tells us to do. In many, not all but many jobs can be done without going to college. How often does someone get on the job training once they get hired anyway? I am guessing every time. Kind of off the subject but if you think of school as a burn out it fits. I mean we do go through 12 grades of school as it is let alone go for 4+ immediately after that.

  • warnlofjc20

    That’s true I suppose. I actually think about what the purpose of a degree is quite a bit and really all I can come up with is that a degree isn’t necessarily just something to take to an employer that says “Hey, I know how to do this” but it’s also a show of commitment, like they know that you took the time and effort to actually go out and get a degree in something instead of just graduating high school and getting whatever you could.

  • Austin Dorman

    I am a person who tends to burn out a lot. When exercising I always try to run the fastest and the farthest possible, and that works for me for a short period of time, but obviously that behavior can’t be maintained for a long period of time. I get burned out from running quickly. I need to learn to pace myself and stay on an easier program to keep exercise in my life constantly.

  • Evan Hibbs

    Thank you for the article Ann. I can really relate to this article because I burned out as an athlete. I ran cross country, played basketball, and ran track at one point. Doing three sports caused me to always be busy, and be very tired physically and mentally. I eventually quit all three and when I first quit I didn’t miss them at all just because I had more time to hangout with friends and I even brought up the point to my friends one time “If I had track practice today I wouldn’t have gone if I was still in sports.” I wanted to be a kid and I realized that I wasn’t going to be a professional athlete so I quit my sports because I was burnt out. This is important now-a-days for coaches and parents to understand this topic, parents need to support their kids on their decision of going out for a sport and coaches have to make sure their players are happy as well. Do you think this topic will come to a hault anytime soon?I think it will be very difficult because so many sports are year-round now-a-days. Thank you for the article!

  • Evan Hibbs

    I totally agree Travis, burnout in college students is very realistic because we have to endure a lot of hard schoolwork for four years. It’s important to manage time and try to live the most productive life as possible.

  • Slepicka12

    i totally agree with that, i still run all the time its just really hard to get back to the shape that i use to when i was running 7 days a week.

  • Eric H

    Thanks for the great article. As someone who is invested greatly into sports and exercising I can definitely relate to this. My freshman year of college I played basketball at a DIII school in Iowa. The coach was pretty much a mad man and worked us about six hours a day. Two hours of conditioning in the morning, over an hour going through strategies in a room, and over two hours of intense practices a day. Even though everyone loved the game of basketball, a lot of people burned out and started to hate it. People quit and transferred to other schools. I started to feel angry all the time and anxious about everything. My body wasn’t right so my mind was definitely not right.

  • Eric H

    I agree. Thanks for the post. Burnout has so many different forms. As a college student, I feel burned out at times. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed with homework, tests, and papers, that I start to feel anxious and angry at the world. You can’t think straight when you are feeling this and probably will do less than adequate work.

  • Alyssa Schragen

    I completely agree with you. I had to take a year off from school to truly find myself and where I belonged academically. Many people often are fearful that if they take a break (could be completely taking time off or just reducing the credit load) they are afraid that they won’t finish. School isn’t meant for everyone, but at the same time maybe it’s just that you are in the program. I found it very beneficial to take time off and now I am taking on more credits and still getting good grades because I am actually enjoying what it is I am doing.

  • Alyssa Schragen

    I found that when you try to cram a ton of information in such a short period of time is when you actually are retaining less information as well as confusing yourself. When you are close to reaching burn out, it is more beneficial to rest than it is to keep going. I found that I am more successful when I try to nap, study, eat, than sleep again before I study again before the exam. It’s all about figuring out what works for each of you and to not feel ashamed for needing to re evaluate what it is your doing in order to figure it all out.

  • Travis Mattice

    I also took some time off before college. It was one of the best decisions I have made. That time off was great. I worked a little saved some money and did a lot of things I enjoy in my past time. When I made the choice to go back to school it I seemed to be more focused and ready to do work. Thanks for sharing Alyssa.

  • Travis Mattice

    That is true. I didn’t really think about how the commitment aspect of it looks. That definitely stands out and shows a future employer something about you. Thanks for bringing up that point.

  • Carly Konkol

    Thank you for your response.

  • Kelly Martin

    I really like this article because I can relate to this so much. I am not a huge athlete, but when it comes to work, organizations and other pressures, I get very stressed. I know my limits but many times I push myself too far because I think it will help me be the very best version of myself. But it is more likely to get me sick and feel silly for not calming down earlier. Great suggestions in here! Thanks for writing this article!

  • caroleighp

    It’s hard to know the difference between working too hard and not working hard enough. Especially for students, we get a lot piled onto our plates and without effective time management we can be up all night. It’s interesting that 90% of athletes who have experienced burnout are likely to experience it again. With this alarming statistic it should be a goal for everyone to know their limits and to know how to be as productive as they can be.

  • Garrett Nelson

    I was in a similar boat as you when I was in high school as well, and I remember the days when we would have “shoot around” practices before a game. Basically, our coach burnt us out even before performing in a huge game. One thing he did well was having fun and providing competitions for us during the season that would help motivate us to improve and beat our teammates at something which usually sparked a little energy within our team. There are good ways and bad ways to push an individual or team, but finding a balance to avoid burn out is extremely important. Thanks for sharing!

  • Austin Felker

    I love the like to Athletic burnout and how this happens to entrepreneurs, i have belt burnout too. I was a competitive sparer for a long time and I pushed to hard for nationals one year and passes out in the chair before my fight. I also know this is to happen in the as entrepreneur often have a hard time seeing their vision through. Id also be interested in the effects of students and how we could counter act that. Thanks for a fun article its nice to hear i’m not the only one.

  • Abby2017

    “Because if you don’t have the energy to clear your hurdles, you’ll never finish the race.” We all try to push ourselves to do the best we can at whatever we do. I liked this phrase a lot because if we don’t have any energy we can not complete the goals we have for ourselves. I have to be able to run 8 miles for a run that I am participating in this year and I have to stay determined and have energy or I literally will never finish the race. This is an amazing quote.

  • milleram97

    In our lives, there can be so many things to do breathing can seem to be a strain.
    In a society that’s constantly go go goooooo, where do we have time to take a break from it all? And what are the consequences if we do so?
    I’ve realized that this burnout happens to me not just monthly, nor weekly, but usually every other day if not every one. It can come about from dehydration, sleep deprivation, improper nourishment or a brain that’s consistently engaged. It’s just as important to take care of obligations as it is to take care of you, because if you aren’t at your best available level of functioning, how truly productive can you be?
    Sure there will be times in life where there is not always the choice, like emergencies or improvising a meal for unexpected guests. In general, there really is no need to panic because once you are actually paying attention to your body and listening to it’s needs, anything else that comes up can be handled without the stress that comes about when you can’t even fulfill the most basic duties.
    And making slight changes for simple preps every day so that if things do come up, such as not having time to make lunch and packing a bag, you’re not even a step behind.

  • leeana liska

    I can easily relate to this article. Many times, I feel as though I hit that point in running where I burn out, not physically, but psychologically. Like Garvin described in the article, it many times take a toll on the body and the brain and its frustrating. She mentioned how she sometimes needs to just slow down and talk longer to complete the task at hand than to burn out and not complete it at all. I believe that this is important because many people think that its quitting.I like to think of it as re-energizing.

  • nherzick

    interesting article that is easy to relate to but it is on the short side

  • nbaker3

    To increase energy, work out.

  • Samantha Lavenau

    From the age of 3, I started playing sports religiously. Soccer, volleyball, basketball, swimming, you know it, I played it. I loved every second of it, up until I was physically and mentally exhausted. I had scholarships lined up, and my future was bright, but I could not get myself to keep playing, I was burnt out, and I hated myself for not giving myself a break throughout the years. This article hits home cause it is so true, you need to space out your time, and enjoy yourself with what you are doing and then you can succeed, and stick with it longer.

  • Sara Fuller

    I agree with you Leeana I feel like a lot of runners burn out mentally before there body would shut down. We can push our bodies to crazy limits, but we just need to be mentally strong enough to do it. That is why taking breaks or slowing down is a must. Reenergizing the mind to power the body!

  • leeana liska

    Yes Sara, that is a big part, and not only with running, but in health and exercise in general. I think a lot of people get burned out from trying to see results. They work hard to get to where they want to be, but the results are never immediate. When trying to lose weight or get fit, taking a break might may not help, but taking something else out of their life to mental reset and be able to focus more attention to their health and fitness might be what they need.

  • Kendra Larson

    It is true, we live in a society where the average American does not get a break. Through working, going to school, or whatever it may be, people are constantly struggling to take a breather once in a while. Sometimes it seems impossible to be able to get a break. Like you said, its important to take care of our obligations, but its a necessity that we take care of ourselves as well. If we do not take care of ourselves, we end up burning out and wearing our body down. As we reach this point, we can no longer be the productive people in society that we want to be. Although our worlds get chaotic, we need to sit back and take a breather, because it is going to be a huge benefit to our health in the end.

  • Kendra Larson

    I completely agree, through working and being a full time student, sometimes I find it so overwhelming having all this stuff to get done in a short amount of time. It can be a challenge to manage the time to get everything done, and to the best of my ability. I was not surprised as well when I saw that statistic about athletes experiencing burnout more than once. Life gets so overwhelming at times that its hard not to break down.

  • Michellelele123

    same for me….I’m not an athlete but college and working numerous jobs to try to pay for college…so tiring and definitely a pain in the ass haha

  • amykahl8

    This really hits home for me as a collegiate runner. I have weeks where I get a new personal record and then I have weeks when I feel like I ran slower than I did in middle school. It’s very frustrating and often time off isn’t an option in the training plan. It’s hard to know when to take a break. This goes for school and work too. There’s goals to accomplish but you won’t ever reach them if your motivation is so low and your feeling bad.

  • struckml03

    This article is great. From the time I was 4 years old I was playing basketball all the way up to my sophomore year in high school. I played other sports along the way as well but basketball was the one I stuck with the longest. I loved basketball. I had to stop playing at my sophomore year in high school because prior to that year I hurt both of my ankles bad and should have had surgery on them but neve did. Because of that, it was extremely hard for me to run like “the old days.” I was no longer the athlete I used to be and it killed me when I didnt make the team sophomore year. Looking back at the years, it was great and a lot of fun but so time consuming. Having practice every single day for 2 and a half hours and then strength training on the weekends along with games, it slowly turned to my entire life. I didnt have time to also focus on my family and friends and other things I liked. It is true, you need to space out your time. Enjoy it, do what you love, but do not just focus on one thing. You will be a happier person and continue to do the things you love if you just space out your time and do a little bit of everything to shape you into the person you want to be and are meant to be.

  • AndreaOlsen22

    This article really spoke to me being the athlete I am. Burnout can happen to anyone though. Yeah, it is great to be a hard worker, but wouldn’t that suck if you burned out and weren’t able to make all your hard work useful/mean something? We must always put our physical health first because being alive and well should be the most important thing. If we allow ourselves to be stable, we can continue working hard and make that work count for something in the future. To avoid burnout, we need to give ourselves a break, take some times to rest, and not be a workaholic. We need to realize that whatever we are working on takes time to accomplish. We don’t need to sit at it hours after hours trying to accomplish it this very second, because burnout will occur and that work will be put to waste.

  • Lindsay Jakubik

    We talked about burnout in class, so it was interesting reading about it in your blog with everyday life references. I don’t have “burnout” as an athlete, but as a student. I lift on my own time which I do for a healthy lifestyle which helps relieve stress, but with school and work it can be hard to manage and sometimes i experience a burn out when I’m having a hard time managing time.

  • Lindsay Jakubik

    I couldn’t imagine how hard it is to balance a college sport with school and work!!! Props to you!

  • Lindsay Jakubik

    With school, sometimes it is so stressful to balance everything! I’m not a college athlete, but I lift on my own time which relieves stress, but when it’s a packed week with school and work even working out can add stress with time management problems. Props to you for having a complete extra commitment and balancing that with college life.

  • Dena Keizer

    Feeling burntout can be a result of stress and having too much on your plate but it can also be a result from just not knowng how to manage your time well enough or not knowing how to make healthier decisions. If you learn to plan out your daily schedule in a healthy matter, you can avoid feeling burntout after a long day. I think the biggest way to avoid feeling burntout is to first make healthier decidions and secondly make sure that you feel good about what you are doing. If you are healthy and feeling good then that will lead to success and not weakness.

  • catec18

    Burn out is so real. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced it until I came to college. I’m one of those over involved students and as much as I try to say no to things, I hate the awkward silence waiting for others to volunteer for things. I just raise my hand and do it so we can move on! But having experienced burn out or something very close to burn out is exhausting. So now I try to scale back when I know it is getting closer. How do I know I’m getting closer to burn out? My schedule all of a sudden has way more things on it than normal and I get even less sleep and I sometimes even skip meals. Yes, I know that is not healthy, and neither is burn out. One thing I also learned about burnout this week is that learning about burnout when you are nearing burnout is not good. I usually feel so motivated after class, but after our session on burn out all I wanted to do was take a nap! And I think that was because I was reaching burn out and there was so much in my head at that moment of what I had to do to prevent full burnout but yet I had so much to do that week or in the next two weeks. It was very conflicting!

  • McKenzie Foster

    I felt very connect with this article because I have been burned out before. Doing gymnastics for 16 years, it only gets hard and practices get longer. In high school I was practicing 18 hours a week while I was juggling school work and my very little social life. It was hard but I saw it as a challenge that I couldn’t give up. So I decided to do gymnastics in college. YAY, right? It only got harder but I never regret one moment of committing to do gymnastics in college. Practices are still long and school work is a lot harder. Before our actual season we have this thing called pre-season, basically getting us ready for the real deal. It is also the hardest part of gymnastics, that is when my freshman year I sprained my ankle. I was out for most of the season but I pushed myself to come back toward the end to compete at nationals. Of course I was determined to come back stronger my sophomore year so I trained all summer and practiced even harder during pre-season of my sophomore year. Well before the season even started, mine had already ended because I tore my ACL. BURNOUT IS A REAL THING. I learned the hard way and now I am in no rush to coming back to gymnastics. Of course I’m gonna come back, but I’m going to take my time. It is frustrating but no sense in burning out again than instead, chasing my dreams!

  • Emily Krueger

    Burn out is so real. I agree with this blog, after we talk about it in class I have learn more ways of dealing with my daily life activities. Just this semester I have been very burn out from taking 12 credits, working on campus full time, president of student org DAAC, being a part of district board for CKI , meeting with three academic tutor three days a week and workout with my personal trainer one day a week. But now I am working on time management which will hopely decrease my burn out this semester

  • leeana liska

    I can relate to this Amy! My fastest times were years ago, and since then it’s been hard to get back to where I was. I was able to go sport to sport and run all year round and it seems like now its harder and I need to take breaks some times to just reset and balance work and school in addition. Taking breaks aren’t going to get me to where I was, but sometimes I think my emotional health needs them to try and keep me motivated.

  • amykahl8

    It’s quite challenging at times, most of the times I feel like I can handle it, but others I just want a break. I wonder if there has been any studies done that show if people who have less to do in their days are healthier than very busy people?

  • amykahl8

    I think it’s important for coaches to recognize when the athletes are looking like they are reaching their breaking point, so that the burnout can be prevented before it’s too late. As a future coach I hope to keep this in mind. Because once burnout happens it’s more likely to happen again.

  • amykahl8

    This happened to me sophomore year during cross country, I ran more than 700 miles over the summer and I was certain that I would have a great cross country season but my times weren’t dropping like I hoped, I was very frustrated. My coach explained to me that you don’t always get immediate results, which was true. My track season ended up being the best I ever had, so the training just paid off later than I had planned.

  • leeana liska

    That is an interesting proposal. By being busy, people might be healthier physically because they are always moving and running around, but mentally they may not be in good health. Also, I wonder if people who have less in their day could be more stressed because they have more time to slow down and procrastinate. that’d be interesting to see because it could go either way.

  • leeana liska

    That’s a great point. It’s so important for coaches to be educated on how to prevent burnout and do what is really be best for the athlete. I’ve seen it many times when athletes get frustrated and aren’t performing well and coaches just tell them to keep working hard and push through It, which isnt always the best thing to do. Sometimes it’s better to just take a break.

  • amykahl8

    I agree. It’s obviously important to work hard so you can drop your times, however a coach doesn’t know how his athletes are feeling unless they tell him. Hopefully most coaches listen to their athletes so that they don’t push them too far and end up getting hurt.

  • amykahl8

    I feel like the people who are probably happiest are those who have time to relax and have fun but not too much time to over think things. Also, these people probably have jobs and feel like they have a purpose in life.

  • Sara Fuller

    Alright ladies, speaking from personal experience everything that you have said is extremely accurate. I am also a collegiate runner but have not been able to run for almost five months now due to an injury. But when I was running there were weeks where I felt great and was dropping time and then there were days when I didn’t want to go to practice because I was still so tired from classes and practice the day before. So I was pretty stressed out but at least then I got to do what I love, run. Once I had gotten injured I had sooo much extra time and energy on my hands that I didn’t know how to use it. Which drove me insane. So I tried to focus my extra energy on school but that gotten boring pretty quickly. So then like Leeana had mentioned I started to procrastinate a lot because I didn’t need to do it right away because I had so much free time. Also, like Amy had mentioned having too much time to over think things could be bad…. and it is. After I had given up on my homework grind I resorted to Netflix to keep me busy which allowed my mind to wander a lot and I always thinking about running, all the time. Which obviously sucked and put me in a rather depressed state. Being overwhelmed and stressed all the time is clearly not healthy but also having to much time can be unhealthy as well. So trying to find the perfect balance would be ideal.

  • Faisal AH

    i think i have burned out before. i was wasting my time all the time but i felt some connect with article. i learned a lot of things and i think i will work in taking my time seriously and is nice to have a plane for your time so you do not feel doing nothing or board.

  • Garrett Nelson

    Well said, I think this is relevant not only in sports and athletics, but really in anything (work world, art, science, philosophy, business, school, etc.) Realizing the onset of burnout is clearly really important if your chances increase to 90% of getting it a second time, and we all know the symptoms are not a fun thing to deal with. When I was in high school, playing 3 sports a year, I could feel the onset of what I thought was burnout a number of times, especially with always staying active even between sports. The break really helped but I never knew when it was time to quit. It typically starts hitting when you feel so tired and down, and then your mood goes down, and then your performance goes down, and then it even feels like your social life deteriorates a bit. Things you do not want to experience, especially twice. I think providing information on burnout is very important for middle school and upcoming high school kids because they need to understand how much there body can handle once it starts to mature. A question for the author, what is a way you can avoid burnout AND taking a week off to recover as to not hit burnout? Is there a balance or routine you can do to help avoid it but still perform as long, if not longer?

  • Garrett Nelson

    That is a lot to do all in one week! But yes, that does create good time management skills if you are able to do all of these things. Finding a balanced routine is important to avoid burnout otherwise it might just be hectic all the time and you could reach that breaking point without even realizing it. Thanks for sharing!

  • Lindsey Kessler

    I just feel like the art department needs to re-evaluate their approach to their students, because I feel like they don’t see the creative brain as a physical organ with real limitations. I’ve heard numerous professor encourage the “starving artist” lifestyle and talk about living on coffee and no sleep. And that’s exactly what these artists do. Almost every single art major in the art department is burned out.

  • Garrett Nelson

    I completely agree with you. I like the part you say about feeling good about what you are doing, because you can make healthy decisions all you want, but if you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed because of it, that could lead to burnout or high anxiety levels. I think another thing that is just as important is managing your time and routine so that it is balanced like you said. This is huge when training for something important, whether it is something physical or even a school exam. Thanks for sharing!

  • Garrett Nelson

    I think managing time and balancing a routine is probably one of the most important things that you can do to avoid burnout. I would agree with you, with work and school and other things going on, I use physical activity (basketball, baseball, tennis, running, etc.) to relieve my stress and hopefully calm my mind down rather than worrying about a paper or exam that is due. Making sure you are enjoying what you are doing, and also with the right people is hugely important I believe. Thanks for sharing!

  • Chelsea Haffele

    We all do have a lot going on it a week. I think it’s always important to make time to work out and sleep and that will reduce the risk of burn out.

  • amykahl8

    That’s a good point, I never thought of it that way either. A mind can think more clearly on rest and a good diet. These artists could probably produce a lot better work and in less time if they took care of themselves and weren’t forced to overwork.

  • amykahl8

    I think burnout is probably something that is brushed under the rug now a days due to the lack of activity a lot of youth in America experience now. People are focused on just trying to get kids out the door and they probably don’t realize that if a kid works too hard he’s not going to want to be active anymore.

  • amykahl8

    I know how you feel to a small extent. When we have two weeks off after the season ends I think it’s going to be great but then after two days I’m really bored and wondering what to do to consume my time. Although running everyday and having practice and meets all the time is very time consuming and exhausting I know I will miss it after collge which is why I’m trying to make the most of it now.

  • Sarah Kasiurak

    I agree with you. I too run and the off season is a relief but also an uncomfortable feeling. You spend hours of your time every day doing something and when it stops… you seem to get bored and not know what to do with the extra time in your day. I hope you do make the most of it now! Once it’s over, it’s over. You won’t be able to compete the same way in a cross country or track meet in college like a 5k. It’s all different and hope your last years are your greatest! Good Luck!

  • Sarah Kasiurak

    You make a great point. I also think that some people may not realize that they have reached burnout. People nowadays multitask and work like crazy to get several things done without taking a break and may not realize that it can be too much. They may also feel that they are tired and it is only normal because they do not take breaks, you do you think?

  • Lindsay Jakubik

    I feel everyone can relate to burnout in their own way. School, work, family, relationships etc….. Everyone also responds to stress differently. some may handle it better than others while others may reach burn out easier.

  • Ashley Gardner

    We learned all about burnout in class. It was sad when students would tell their stories about them getting burned out. All it takes it pushing yourself too hard one time and boom…you are either injured and out or sick and not working. Taking personal time is essential when you live such a busy lifestyle. Don’t think of yourself as a sissy when you take this time, think of yourself as being smarter than those people who are going to reach their burnout sooner than later.

  • Anthony Davis

    I feel like this article relates directly relates to the article that you wrote saying that accidental sick happens, being that people in everyday life do not see depression or burnout coming especially if you are one with an athletic nature. Because these symptoms cannot be seen coming individuals will have to pursue health and not sickness by taking those naps, letting their muscles heal and getting enough sleep to ensure burnout does not happen.

  • Anthony Davis

    I agree with you and I feel that a lot of people try too hard and overwork themselves then when approaching burnout try harder and beat themselves up for being burned out. Because people push themselves so hard they don’t understand how or why burnout symptoms are happening. Good idea Sarah

  • Kyle Gettelman

    While I do agree that we need to learn now to relax every now and then, I believe that there are certain circumstances that we need to push past our limits and burnout times. With me having a military background, while overseas, I had a multitude of days where I went with only 3 or 4 hours of sleep, eating 1.5 meals a day and smoking 2 to 3 packs of cigs within that 24 hour period. I could feel the burnout, but I could not give in to the urges to sleep, relax, etc. or things could have gotten bad, or even deadly. I think the main point is that we need to focus more on the circumstances and see if it is a time where we can just relax and take that nap, or if it is a time that we need to push our boundaries like they have never been pushed before.

  • amykahl8

    Yes, I think it is the norm now to just go, go, go and not rest. Often people probably don’t realize they’ve burnt out until it’s too late. Until they’ve reached the point where they must quit because they can’t take it anymore.

  • amykahl8

    I think that coaches need to pay special attention to their athletes and need to be educated on signs of burnout to help prevent this problem. It would be horrible to see a talented young athlete quit because of overuse.

  • wegener61

    I remember this lecture and I think it is one that will stay with me for a while. As an athlete, juggling school, work, practice, training, and homework, I have seen how easy it is to reach the point of burnout, and how extremely important it is to give yourself a break, it is much better to save your world a little more slowly, than not at all-due to burnout,

  • rntom

    Interesting and very true, I seem to burn out at the end of the year at college and lose focus. Who knew that using 10 % of our brains could cause it to burn out?

  • Jon Micsa

    I can commiserate with this post to the fullest. As a former competition level boxer, I always pushed myself beyond my limits to expand them. Now, as a creative technologist with global endeavors, I feel many of the same symptoms, just in a different form.

  • Taysia Justus

    I relate to this article not being an athlete, but just being physically burnt out mentally. I find it harder to complete my next obstacle each day just because I am so mentally burnt out. I try as often as possible to just relax and clear my brain, and sadly the only time that’s been accomplished was when I was on vacation. However, a weekly vacation would lead to financial issues that would only lead to more and more stress.

  • Jessica Peardon

    All of your articles help me in some way. They tell me its ok to care about myself first every once in a while. We don’ t always have to put everyone else first. Our body and health matter to and we need to put it higher on our to do list.

  • Anniep1023

    I completely agree that you have to understand your own capabilities in order to succeed the most. By pushing yourself so hard, it does more harm than good, whether that be physical aches and pains to exhalation and a decrease in the quality of your own work. We do need to push ourselves, but not at the cost of losing ourselves.


    I can relate all too well to the concept of mental burnout. Mental burnout ultimately took a tole on my physical health as well, and if there is one thing I have learned, it’s that killing yourself (literally or figuratively) over anything in life isn’t worth it. Although I am still guilty of pushing myself too hard at times, I at least have an awareness now about the cues my body gives me when I begin approaching burnout. Burnout ended up hindering the accomplishment of my goals at the time, but with the ideas of this article in mind, I will not let that happen again.

  • Austin Jones

    there has been plenty of time where i have experienced burnout in sports and life. it helps me to just refocus and move on. keeping goals smaller and more at reach is definitely a smart choice

  • Colin Hickey

    This comment made me smile. I never thought about going into a big city and thinking that everyone needs a chill pill, awesome connection. Truth is that you don’t need to go into a big city to see this. This happens all the time and in the weirdest situations. In my experience, it is best to relax and “chill” because it could lead to something better. While relaxing, a new idea might come to you that would make the work you are doing better. This time should be planned and I think that Natasha’s point is that everyone really needs to take time to relax because burning out doesn’t work out.

  • Jessica Mendoza

    I really love this post! I can totally relate to mental burnout. There have been many times in my life where I have just completely over exerted my self with school, sports, and other activities. I always noticed when I would experience mental burn out, it would take a tole on me physically. I have learned how to really take time, and to not let my self get to the point of burn out. It is important for me to do this. I have realized that when I take time, and really focus on my self to not experience burn out, it really helps me to do better in all aspects of life. I am not as stressed, I do better in school, and am just over all more positive and happy about life. Thank you for this post!

  • Jessica Mendoza

    I completely agree with you! I love that you said that you can relate to this article even not being an athlete. Because you are right, burn out does not only happen to athletes, it can happen to everyone! It does make it harder to complete obstacles that you have planned through out the day when you are experiencing mental burn out. It is important to focus on yourself at times, and take some time and clear your head and focus on when you need in life.

  • Jessica Mendoza

    I agree with this. I feel like I tend to experience burn out towards the end of the year as well. Especially when we have a ton of finals and papers due at the same time. It can be hard to not experience mental burn out at this time. I always try to take time out for my self, and remember that I do better when I am not at that burn out.

  • Jessica Mendoza

    I wish I could have heard some of these stories, because I am sure that I could have related to them. It is crazy how many people that do experience burn out, and don’t do anything about it. It is so essential when take personal time for your self, and to really take time to realize that if you take the time to get yourself out of burn out, you will be way better off in the long run.

  • Jessica Mendoza

    I agree. I feel like everyone can relate to burn out, not only athletes. I also agree that it is true that everyone responds to burn out in different ways. Over all, it is important to realize when we are at that point of experiencing burn out, so we can avoid it. It is important to really take time for out selves, and to try and avoid burn out completely.

  • barema28

    Being an athlete burnout is something that I am always careful about from allowing me to get to that state. Goal setting is very important to be successful and happier in life. By setting goals, and attainable goals that is, you are then able to have a sense of accomplishment and that will then push you to go further. It helps me be motivated with all things, may it be athletics, school, or other things I enjoy doing. Once you become burnt out, your motivation is ruined and your ideas are ruined.

  • FalkinerRR23

    You really have to know your own limits to avoid burnout. People have to understand that cramming things into their everyday life and doing as much as possible because their young isn’t going to help either, it’s only going to make things worse and they are never going to be able to enjoy the things they are doing again because of burnout

  • MattDennert

    I have personally experienced a burnout, when I was in high school I wanted to lose some weight before the baseball season started so I worked out three to four times a day which left my body with no time to really recover plus I was trying to lose the weight in the wrong way by not eating enough, so with that combination my body couldn’t handel it anymore and I was out of comision for a couple days.

  • ClaytonEI08

    I like it. Burnout is something that I’ve experienced in my athletic career, and is something I’m very aware of now and try and prevent in my own athletes that I coach. I’ve found that when experiencing my own personal burn out, I didn’t want to go back to it ever again. I lost the love and passion. It’s almost like an extremely bad girlfriend/boyfriend who you have to constantly go through some kind of argument or drama with. If you argue so much, expend so much energy, eventually you’ll reach a point where you just don’t care anymore, you grow tired and never want anything to do with them again.

  • RadebaugVP02

    As an athlete I definitely have experienced burnout. I would work out multiple times a day, ridiculous workouts, in hopes of being better the next day. I quickly realized that wasn’t how it worked. I realized I needed to set realistic goals for myself and take small steps in order to reach my goal. Trying to do it all in one day isn’t realistic.

  • JeremyWahl

    i have experienced burnout as an athlete and as a student. as an athlete, i practiced over and over but when you do that you get tired of doing the same thing over and over. as a student, i experienced burnout by studying all night for an exam and just tried memorizing things and thats not exactly how it really works.

  • Radaya123

    From a biological perspective the idea that you need sleep to have energy to perform task such as, in this case, save the world. However, realistically that is easier said than done. If someone has to work 15 hours of their day, drive to and from work, and take care of self and someone else sleeping is out the question. Sleep is not seen as a necessity in this case but luxury because they have to decide if they work to eat or sleep and sleep usually is not picked.

  • Elaminsj25

    I personally feel like I have experienced burnout. I’m not an athlete but life can definitely be stressful sometimes. I usually know when I’m approaching burnout because I will be getting enough sleep but I will just feel mentally exhausted. I’ll feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders and I don’t know what to do with it. When this happens I usually just take a day off. I just kind of say whatever with everything for a day and pick back up the next day. It actually works and I usually don’t regret it.

  • Jaglerjn22

    Agreed. Throughout high school as a full time student, 3 sport athlete, and working multiple jobs throughout those 4 years I experienced burnout multiple times and never really came out of it until I got to college. Being a 3 sport athlete I was going from season to season…and sometimes even overlapping seasons. It was tough to juggle varsity athletics, AP courses, and working on the weekends! Burnout was definitely something that I experienced multiple times…once I was finally able to ‘relax’ in college!

  • Jaglerjn22

    Knowing limits is something that everyone should be aware of! Cramming things into our lives is something that will eventually catch up to us! Sometimes I prefer to be kept busy…just because I get bored easily, but when I get do have free time I like it enjoy it! However the time that I do have to myself is few and far between. But I can definitely say from experience that after years of playing sports, I’m somewhat glad that I don’t play them competitively anymore because I play them once a week now…and I enjoy them! I think the time away from it gave me back my love for the game!

  • Jaglerjn22

    Very good point. “We do need to push ourselves, but not at the cost of losing ourselves.” Very interesting and very accurate. Pushing ourselves to test our limits is good occasionally. But always pushing ourselves over the top can and will result in burnout of some sort!

  • Jaglerjn22

    When I get completely burnt out from either sports or school or a combination of both, I usually go on a Netflix binge. That is usually something that will relax me and give me time alone. When I’m burnt out I usually don’t want to deal with anyone either and tend to just be a loner for a few days until I feel completely rejuvenated.

  • Sara Fuller

    You both make excellent points. Honestly I never really thought about students in the art department getting burned out. But now when I think about it, it totally makes sense. There was an art student who lived on my floor that would be getting back from rehearsals at like 11 or 12 at night. Then she would get up and leave by 5 in the morning. It was absolutely crazy.

  • Kent Miehe

    I agree with this article! In athletics as people improve in their sports, athletes create bigger and better goals for themselves. However, the journey to those goals can be very taxing on one’s body. And if you’re not willing to take the extra steps to stay healthy and recover to keep your body in peak form, your goals will get further away rather than closer. I agree that setting high goals for ourselves can keep us motivated to work towards them. But if they are unrealistic goals, ones that our bodies are unable to achieve, we need to rethink them and turn them into goals that our bodies are able to handle. Thanks again for sharing!

  • Kent Miehe

    I agree with your idea! There’s nothing wrong with taking a day off to let yourself recover from a busy workload. Some people think that stopping to rest and recover will make their goals take a longer time to achieve. However, it’s just the opposite. When people don’t stop and let themselves rest and recover, they will experience that unwanted burnout, and their goals will seem almost impossible to achieve. Your method of taking a day off is exactly what people need to do to avoid burn out. Thanks again for sharing!

  • Kent Miehe

    I have experienced burnout in athletics as well. Being through burnout makes athletics something that I want to avoid instead of being a part of. If we look at pro athletes, their success was not created overnight, and their talents were not gained after a couple of practices. Reaching your goals takes time, and if we take rest and recover for periods of time, we can achieve those goals much easier than if we had ignored the recovery. The journey will also be much more enjoyable with days of rest. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kent Miehe

    I totally agree with your post! When we are mentally burnt out, the physical toll our bodies feel can make things so much harder to concentrate on or achieve. Taking those periods of time off can give us a break from that feeling of over-exertion and help us feel more relaxed and refreshed. Having that balance of hard work and recovery can help us achieve our goals and help us feel good doing them. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kent Miehe

    I totally agree! When I first came to college, I was so caught up in doing everything all at once and always working on homework and going to athletic practice and studying ahead to get good grades. Although these behaviors aren’t necessarily bad, doing them all day, all the time without taking any breaks made me feel physically and mentally drained. It can be hard to know when you are approaching burnout until you get there. What I try to do is to always have a day or two where I don’t work on any homework and just take time to relax and “recover” from school. When you have those R&R days, you won’t have to know the signs of burnout because you will rarely experience them.

  • ClaytonEI08

    Hit it right on the head my friend. Any journey, no matter what career path one chooses to go down, will require a break from. Not saying you have to take months off, but a quick break here and there in order to clear your head, breathe and recharge will be instrumental in your success in anything you choose to do.

  • mindhamrr11

    I agree that it is important to take a break every once in a while to give your body some rest whether it be physical burnout or psychological burnout. I’ve seen both happen to people. I’ve seen athletes experience burnout because they never found it important to give their body a rest. I think it is more important to give your body at least a couple weeks off once or twice a year than to train through the entire year and end up burnt out or injured. I also think that it is important to give yourself some rest from homework. Luckily, most people get summers off from school, but it can still get stressful at the end of semester, and I think it is important to make sure you are getting enough sleep and social experiences at the most stressful times of the semester.


    Great points! After talking about how crucial a good night of sleep is in class, I have decided to make a conscious effort to get more sleep at night. Particularly since it’s the end of the semester, I’ve been very stressed, but getting more sleep at night has meant prioritizing my days better. I have been forcing myself to spend less time on social media and more time doing productive activities. I have already found that getting more sleep at night has provided me with more energy for the following day. I’m able to workout harder and longer, which is my best form of stress relief! All around, it’s been a win, win so far!

  • Jessica Mendoza

    Thank you for replying and sharing your opinion! I love seeing other students cooperating in these post, and agreeing with each other. I love the statement you said, “Having that balance of hard work and recovery can help us achieve our goals and help us feel good doing them.” This statement is so true, not only to burn out, but to every day life.

  • Jessica Mendoza

    Omg! I am the same exact way, and have also done the same exact thing. I also usually don’t want to deal with anyone, and tend to be a loner (not ashamed to say it), also go on a Netflix binge. I agree that it does help to be lazy some times and to just be by your self.

  • Jaglerjn22

    When I get in these phases…the only thing that will help me is time! Time to be by myself, and not worry about stress of any type! Not only does school and sports stress and burn me out. My roommates burn me out! When I get to my breaking point with them I usually will take an unexpected trip home that weekend to get away from them for a while and just recollect myself and prepare for the next week and strive to make it better than the last! But Netflix binges definitely help all of these situations!

  • Jessica Mendoza

    I can’t exactly agree with the roommate situation. I love my roommates and they very rarely stress me out, but there is a part of me thats gets where you a coming from. Sometimes just being around so many people all the time can get exhausting. Just spending some time in my room. listening to music, or maybe calling home, or of course, watching some Netflix, can always help to get your mind off things! The problem is, what about when you are done with your alone time and your Netflix binge that was keeping your mind of things?

  • Jaglerjn22

    I love my roommates too…but there is just an issue that we all just live within such small quarters, that even though we have our own rooms…I rarely have time alone! It just gets frustrating fast and when I get frustrated with them I will either close my door or leave for a little bit to clear my head! I just have to remove myself from the situation for a while. When I’m done with my Netflix binge or anything else that was keeping my mind off things…I usually try to regroup and slowly jump back in the swing of things. Slowly though…getting back too fast into the swing of things is usually counter productive and puts me back into that burnt out and wanting alone time stage!

  • Kaila Witthun

    I really like this. It is so important to be realistic about your limitations. I like thinking I can do what I want when I want with the huge dreams and ideas I have. However, I know I won’t get very far if I get burned out. I have come close before in high school with sports. I was always doing some type of sport at some time. Practicing after practice to be the best. Today I still believe I could have done more and been more. I wish I would have listen to what my body had to say to me. I could have been even more. Shucks, I will have to teach my sisters who can still do something. Thanks for the post.

  • Jessica Mendoza

    I get what you saying here. My roommates and I all have our own rooms, so that can help, but I agree that it still can feel like I don’t get very much time alone. It can get frustrating very fast, and when I get frustrated, I also segregate my self from people and just close my door and go in my room. I think that would help trying to slowly regroup jumping back into the swing of thing. I have experienced taking it to fast, has led me right back to that burn out stage that I was trying so hard to avoid.

  • mindhamrr11

    I agree how important sleep can be. I always feel like crap after a bad night of sleep, and I cannot afford to feel like that during finals. I also find it hard to lift weight when I feel exhausted from lack of sleep. Lastly, my best stress relief is also working out, and when I feel like I don’t have any energy to lift from lack of sleep, I just feel more stressed out.

  • Jaglerjn22

    Yes! The quicker I try and come back to a situation like this with my roommates…the more damaging it is. These are avoidable…but seem to be very hard for me to avoid at times! I hate being burnt out, but it is just inevitable and I need all the time I can to recover from it to going full throttle back into how things were before.

  • Jaglerjn22

    Mental burn out is the worst. And adding on physical and emotion burn out to that is even more annoying! I feel like I am burnt out way more than I am supposed to be! I feel like I’m always busy and barely have any time for myself. My weekends are mostly the time for me to recuperate but I usually end up working on the weekends, so I rarely ever get much of a break.

  • Julia

    I was the same way! I was a cheerleader back in high school. I would have cheerleading for the game squad and then I would have practice for competitions afterwards. Cheerleading is probably one of the worse sports for your body too! Simply because of all the weird positions your body is in and so on. It was my life and I did it religiously. Now, at the age of 23, my body feels old and achy. Sometimes I can barely move without my hips or shoulders popping! I know…. it’s really bad! I wish I would have done the same and taken it easy back when I was younger. As a future educator, it’s important to share this with students and young children so they know to take care of their bodies better!

  • Jessica Mendoza

    I completely agree, it is so frustrating. I also feel like I can never catch a break. If its not school, its work, if its not one of those its homework. If its not homework, its trying to make room to socialize. By the time it even gets to the point of me thinking about socializing and hanging out with friends, sometimes I don’t even feel like it! I just want a break from everything. Mental burn out can be so in its self, adding on more would be unbearable.

  • Jessica Mendoza

    I agree that it is inevitable, but why is it so inevitable? Why can’t we naturally take the time for our selves, and to naturally control burn out. I hate knowing that burn out can be so avoidable, but at the same time so hard to avoid!

  • Thumbs_up

    I strongly agree. It is always good take a break to not get stressed by the overload that you get from the work, college, sport, or whatever situation that demands to much focus for a long time. Breath outside the box for a bit can help you to not lose the interest for what you do. Thanks for the post!!

  • Garrett Nelson

    I think you make a good point that when we strive to achieve something that might be unrealistic or unreachable, it might make us motivated to to after it more, but then the chance of burnout is more likely to happen. Knowing the signs and symptoms of burnout is important so we, as athletes, can know and understand what it feels like and what to do about it. Just remember it never hurts to take break from something to catch your breathe and let your body catch up. I think that is one of the most important things to know when training or exercising for long periods of time(days and months on end). For you personally, what do you find is the hardest part of taking a break to avoid burnout or overuse injury? For me, it’s the fact that I have to stop a routine I have been in for so long. Thanks for sharing!

  • HutsonZW

    Playing sports is much like other activities in the aspect that you need some time to rest and can’t just work your body to the point that it can’t do anything more.The body needs some time to rest and restore its strength and recover the muscles. It has been proven that before a competition that if you take a few days to rest then you will be able to do much better than just practicing hard up until the day of the competition. Overexertion is a big problem in sports and can lead to some serious damage to the body. If you want to get good results find a workout plan that can suit your body and also give yourself some time to rest.

  • milkienr18

    I really think that this article should be shared with everybody. I think its important to take breaks and focus on other things. I think it can be put to use in all aspects of life. I think to many young athletes just play sports all year round and don’t give their body a break. I think some scholars push them selves so hard during the school year and don’t take enough time to have fun. I think that in life it is very important to take time out of your day or week for yourself. Just take some time to re group and relax.

  • flaschbm09

    This is huge!! Recently, I’ve been feeling like I’m on the edge of burnout. I’ve been juggling an internship, part-time job, school and social life, and now I’m thinking about finals and the possibility of a job after graduation. My mind has been so preoccupied that I feel like I’m still trying to catch up on things. Often times right after finals, I get sick because I don’t eat well, get enough sleep not exercise. This finals week, I’m going to really try to get out of this vicious cycle and treat my body better.

  • Kaila Witthun

    I agree, it is very important to educate students and young children. Although, I honestly do not know that I would have scaled back at all even knowing what I do now. That may be the more difficult part. You can educate young athletes, but until they actually start listening and actively taking control, we will not get anywhere.

  • ryanstorto

    When I was growing up I would play 3-4 sports 12 months a year and it seemed like I
    would have about 2 weeks off during the year without a game or practice to go
    to. My parents never pressured me to do so much, it was always something I
    enjoyed doing. I was still getting to hang out with my friends and was still
    having fun. I remember that whenever we didn’t have a practice or a game, it
    always seemed like we were outside playing basketball or baseball anyway. My
    body has been tired, but I’ve never felt burned out from sports though. I’ve
    always enjoyed what I was playing, even the days that I would have multiple
    places to be. I’ve had the aches, pains, tension and fatigue, but hope that
    this has made me stronger and will help me later in life by learning all of the
    valuable life lessons from sports – setting goals, commitment, teamwork and

  • Lindsay Jakubik

    This is the perfect time of year to be reading this article too! Everyone has a lot on their plates with the end of the semester coming up, and I definitely have lost a lot of motivation and feel burned out between school and work. Relaxing and taking time off is a must for me! Otherwise I can’t focus.

  • Timothy Joseph Basaldua

    I would agree with this article. I have always set my expectations pretty high and I get disappointed when I don’t achieve them. I’m learning that it is important to set realistic short term goals and long term goals. Instead of trying to complete my goals all in one week, I try to space them out. It gets to be overwhelming when you have a 10 page to do list and you haven’t even started on it. Also, it’s easy to get burnt out, especially with the stressors of school, homework, work, relationships, etc. I’m am trying to take time out of my day to do something I enjoy such as watching sports, going outside, or hanging out with friends and family.

  • Timothy Joseph Basaldua

    The same thing happens to me. I have been feeling very tired and stressed. My eating habits have been very poor and I always feel sick to my stomach. The end of the semester adds a lot of stress. I feel great once I finish all my exams and projects. On top of that, I also worry about my future. There never seems to be enough time in the day to spend time with family, work, and finish school work. I just know that accomplishing school will be great for me in the end. I usually give up when the going gets hard! I’m going to try to work out and eat better during finals so that it can possibly eliminate some of those sick feelings that I have.

  • CPanella1

    I completely agree because with the craziness at the end of the year and panic/stress we put on our bodies it is easy to burn out and give up. It’s important to just continue over our hurdles, maybe slower than we were jumping over them before, but we will never finish the race if we stop now! I love how you point out the importance of having a little fun!

  • Will Ettl

    Burnout can happen to anyone at anytime and can be very frustrating. I know this all to well in my sport of pole vault after doing it forever in finally needed a break and needed to calm down. And when I took myself away from my sport and took a minor break for a week I ended up coming back with a vengeance and doing so much better than I normally would do. So every little break counts no matter what the length is you can never go wrong with a good break.

  • Austin Jones

    I know exactly how you feel when you talk about burnout from sports. I have felt this way many times in life with my sports too. Its nice to have a break once in a while, or really just focus yourself on one sport you want to put everything into

  • flaschbm09

    That’s great! I hope that you are able to do that! I know I’ve been trying to at least exercise more (meaning tracking and taking more steps in my day usually) and sleeping more and it has helped me. I hope that everything goes well in last few days of school!

  • Alex Marski

    Perfect way to say this @ryanstorto:disqus. I’ve been a 3 sport athlete year around until I was 20 years old traveling the states. I was like you I never felt burned out from my sports or never not enjoyed what I was doing. I was always active and my parents too never pressured me to do much as well.

  • Nathan Tessar

    I agree, This happened to me with baseball. I played it year round and I just got burnt out of it. Now that I am out of the sport. I have that urge to play it again and see how I would do against other people. I think a little break from baseball when I was younger would probably kept me playing baseball to this day.

  • Paige Cuchna

    When I was in highschool I felt like I never had a break. From cheerleading to track and speed camps to tumbling classes I was always doing something. But never once did I feel burnt out. When I came to college I decided to try out for the cheerleading team and I made it. But my body could not take it anymore. I quit for myself and for my body. There was no way I could possibly keep doing it so i took a break. Obviously I didnt stop exercising completely once I felt better I got back to it.

  • Emily Krueger

    Burn out is so real. I agree with this blog, after we talk about it in class I have learn more ways of dealing with my daily life activities. Just this semester I have been very burn out from taking 12 credits, working on campus full time, president of student org DAAC, being a part of district board for CKI , meeting with three academic tutor three days a week and workout with my personal trainer twice a week. But now I am working on time management which will hopely decrease my burn out this semester.

  • Katie Germain

    In high school I was a part of so many clubs, soccer, and I helped coach soccer as well. I had a lot on my plate, including all of my school work and trying to maintain a social life too. I never got enough sleep so I was always so tired and it was hard to function everyday. I took one of the breaks we got off of school to collect myself and realize what I needed to do to change my unhealthy habits and maintain a positive mindset. Now talking in class about burn outs, I realize what I did wrong with my time management back then and I am working on using my new knowledge on the subject to give myself enough rest and to create schedules.

  • Katie Germain

    I agree! I feel like this happens to me all the time. I feel extremely exhausted and like I cannot function so when I feel like this, I try to take breaks to collect myself again and get enough rest so I do not fall back into sleep dept.

  • Lauren Schlicht

    When you’re chasing your dreams or going after something you really want its so easy to lose sight of your health and well-being. I have experienced multiple burn outs being a college student, and sadly I’m sure there will be many more ahead of me. However, something that I’ve learned thats helpful to me is taking time for myself in the mist of the chaos. Sometimes I feel like its impossible to avoid a burn out. Take for example my life right now: its finals week, I have a million and one projects due, papers on papers on papers and way too many work shifts to even count. How am I going to make it all work? When will I find the time? I’m sure so many people can relate to these questions however being mindful of time management and ways to avoid stress are just a few ways I’ve learned to keep things in check when things feel impossible.

  • Leah Renee

    “I’m not saying you should scale back your goals; I’m saying that if you’re realistic about your own physical well being, you’ll be much more likely to go the distance. Better to take a bit longer to save the world than to get so burnt out in the process that you have to quit before accomplishing anything.” My favorite part!

    this is excellent advice around finals time… or any “crunch time” time. we have to take care of our bodies first. sleep, take brakes, eat healthy snacks, so we don’t fall apart.

  • Will Ettl

    Exactly it is so hard to keep doing something every single day for so long. Being a coach now I get the rest that I need and when I want to show up my athletes I just jump on in with them. I have the urge all the time now that I am not doing it every single day.

  • Will Ettl

    A nice quick break can help any one out at anytime. That is why whenever I study for an hour I will take a 10 minute break than get back to work. I have found this to be very helpful when finals are approaching.

  • Desiree

    I defiantly know the burnout feeling especially since im a student athlete burnout is real and in my experience of burnout I tend to just shut down physically and emotional. For example im very burned out right now, got 2 hours of sleep worked an 8 hour shift and now doing last minute homework, not one of my best ideas but I know I need to care my body a lot better to feel good about myself and this article gave some great advice on how to deal with that

  • afallon14

    Being a 4 year 3 sport athlete in high school, I was always on the go and had a very active lifestyle. It was part of my daily routine to be active for at least 2-3 hours a day after school and looking back, I don’t think I ever felt burnt out because it became such a big part of my daily routine. When I got to college, I stopped being as active and now when i workout a couple times a week or play sports two times a week, I kind of feel burned out because I’m not used to being that active.


    I can totally relate. I get sick so often after finals. In fact, during my freshman year of college, I got mono right before finals. It’s incredible how big of a toll lack of sleep and exercise and a poor diet can take on your body when you’re stressed. It’s interesting too how we often get the least sleep when we expect our bodies to perform at their best (big finals, papers, etc.). It should really be the other way around! Those times where we feel the most stressed should be those when we pay extra attention to the needs of our bodies.


    I completely agree with you. I think our society teaches us that we always need to be on the go and doing something. It’s so fast-paced. This concept can apply to various groups of people: entrepreneurs, athletes, parents, etc. We all need to give our bodies and mind a break from the crazy world in which we live. Leisure looks different for everybody, but I truly believe carving out some time to engage in an activity you enjoy is crucial to physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

  • mindhamrr11

    I agree that a break can be so beneficial. In high school, I was always a 3 sport athlete and I lifted before school every day. So when I got an opportunity to take a break, I took the most of it because I’d always feel so much better when I gave my body some rest.

  • mindhamrr11

    I agree that too many young athletes are playing sports all year round. I feel like kids are pushed so hard by their parents and coaches today that it doesn’t even make the sport fun anymore. If a kid doesn’t participate in his or her sports summer program, a lot of times they can end up losing playing time over that, and that is unfair because some kids want to enjoy their summers and some kids have to work in the summers.

  • mindhamrr11

    I agree that we shouldn’t set goals that are unrealistic for ourselves. It really does no one any good to do that. You are only going to set yourself up for failure by doing that, and you could reach burnout by trying to get to an unrealistic goal.

  • mindhamrr11

    I agree that you should let yourself take a day off every now and then. For me, a day off can do wonders for making my body recover and feel better. And, your body isn’t going to get worse by taking a day off, so I think of it as a win win.

  • mindhamrr11

    I agree that sleep can be somewhat of a luxury for some people and that some people are just too busy to get adequate sleep at night. I feel like sometimes people make it sound like it is impossible to accomplish great things not getting enough sleep when that is just not true. There are lots of people who do it, but they could make themselves feel better and save money from less coffee if they could get more sleep at night.

  • mindhamrr11

    I wrestled in high school, and I would have to cut weight too for the season. Luckily, I made sure that I at least ate enough during the day, so I would have the energy to exercise to burn calories, but I had a lot of friends that would try to starve themselves to lose weight like you. It just doesn’t work very good that way because most people don’t end up having the energy to exercise while starving themselves and their body is going to hold onto every calorie if it feels like it is being starved.

  • mindhamrr11

    I agree that you have to know your limits to avoid burnout. Everyone is different. I know people who can practically train all year round without experiencing burnout, but I also know people who have to have breaks regularly. For me, I don’t like to train 7 days a week. I like to have at least one days rest; otherwise, I can get burnt out easily.

  • Paige

    I agree with you when you said that you feel better after you gave your body some rest. i was in track and cheer for ll four years throughout highschool and it took a toll on me. i needed time for rest or else i would be dead.

  • Paige

    I actually have heard this from professors before. that we should not sit and cram and try to comprehend everything we need to learn in a one study time period. we need to take breaks and trust me your body will love you. during the break eat a banana or do something that will give you a little more energy to go kick ass at whatever youre doing!

  • Paige

    I tend to overload myself with a lot so i am stressed quite a bit. There are times where i realize that i need to take a step back and calm down and that everything is going to be okay.

  • schoenherr2424

    Coming from the same backround as yourself I can’t help but agree. To be honest, I really miss that lifestyle. Being that active was fun, and burnout was never a thing for myself. In my opinion, if you really want it bad enough, and keep finding successes in your work, you will never be burnt out.

  • schoenherr2424

    I agree. Smaller goals can really help. Doesn’t mean you have to set your sights low, but if you keep achieving success, even in the smallest quantity, burnout will stay away.

  • Thumbs_up

    It is common for me to do the same too. But the good thing is to realize it on time, like you did. Because when you reach certain level of stress, becomes hard to get the back step without any help or support of a professional or treatment.

  • Ryan Dow

    I love this article its so true. Always set goals and once you beat those goals make new ones.

  • Tyler Hebert

    Avoiding burnout is very important for everyone. Becoming stressed out can make us want to shut down and not do anything else. When we are burned out, we aren’t productive and most of us just want to sleep. Sometimes taking things slow and getting alone time are the best ways to avoid burnout.

  • kgonyo

    I think it’s incredibly important to be aware of what our bodies need. Without listening to our bodies and choosing to do things like taking time for yourself, our ideas will never get anywhere and no one will benefit from the work we’ve done – not even ourselves.

  • Tyler Mueller

    Our bodies are amazing machines that can run forever if we know how to take of our bodies properly. We need to make sure we get exercise, that we are eating healthy, and most importantly get enough sleep. As a college student I do struggle with the sleep part because I am so busy. No matter how busy we are if we are able to get a good night sleep our bodies will be much more productive the following day. With that being said we know when we need to sleep, or simply just take a rest. Always having a go, go, go attitude is not the best thing to have because a well rested body will compete better than a tired body. The main thing I took away from this is know when we need to take a break, and when that time comes use the break because our bodies are to precious to overwork.

  • McKennaKJ29

    Even the best things in life can be overused. Becoming burned out is a true danger for many entrepreneurs, simply because they invest so much of their time into the idea that the passion fizzles out and they become tired of working on it. It becomes increasingly more difficult when you aren’t seeing the results you want. Most importantly, moderation is key and don’t kill yourself over something and potentially losing something you love.

  • Jpl89

    The concern should be put on pursuing short term goals that could manifest themselves intervene more complex life goals. I think that trying to save the world is a far fetched idea that should be discarded but I think that it gets peopl motivated and set in the right direction. I think a more reasonable pursuit would be to want to ofcontribute to the betterment of society in any way possible