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Bye Bye Burnout

Updated: May 24, 2022

It’s submission season, and soon after it’ll be finals! With the dreariness of winter coupled with the stress of the season creeping its way into our lives, it is important that we make time amidst our busy schedules to take care of ourselves.

Written by Olivia Monteiro and Catherine Shih

What is Burnout?

Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion, caused by excessive and prolonged stress (Kelly, 2021). A Forbes survey conducted in 2021 revealed that 53% millennials and 58% Gen Z are currently experiencing burnout.

Signs of Burnout

So, are you on the road to burnout?

Physical symptoms of burnout include being constantly tired and drained, and having appetite and sleeping habit changes. Emotionally, you feel a sense of failure and doubt, and experience motivation loss. Feeling detached, helpless and having an increasingly negative outlook on life are also common symptoms. Withdrawing from responsibilities, isolating from friends and procrastinating are all typical burnout behaviour as well (HelpGuide, 2018).

If you or someone you know is struggling with burnout, or if you’d like to take preventative measures (because that’s always the smart thing to do), here are a couple of tips and tricks we’ve got that might help!

Remember to Eat!

When swamped with studying, food often becomes secondary. On a normal basis, the brain processes information up to 430km/h and can think up to 60 000 thoughts per day - imagine how much more when studying! It is critical to load up your brain with ample and suitable fuel to power it to its full capacity.

Proteins (amino acids) are the building blocks of our body and brain, so it’s important not to skip out on these. In particular, salmon, eggs and red meat have the amino acid tyrosine, which triggers hormones that promote brain alertness. Other good protein sources include avocados, beans and raw nuts and seeds. Vitamin C found in citrus foods and green vegetables also aid in reducing oxidative stress in the brain and stabilising energy levels.

Lastly, to avoid your energy crashing, minimise sugar and refined carbs. Switch out that third cup of coffee for some water and go for a walk instead to refresh!