If you find yourself increasingly busy — with no time for friends or anything outside of your work or studies — you’re likely headed toward a burnout that will leave you sick, tired, and utterly useless. There is a bright side, though: You recognize your problem and want to prevent a burn out.

Because busyness is a terrible affliction. Once it gets a hold of you, it will want more and more of your time and effort. It’ll infect your mind during what should be relaxing and joyful experiences, causing guilt and feelings of worthlessness.

So, what can you do when your stress is through the roof, your social life is in disarray, and you just can’t seem to finish everything that’s expected of you?

Take a Step Back

Above anything else, you need to take a step back from your busy lifestyle. Call up a friend or relative and confide in them. If you don’t seek external support, you’ll likely fall back into your old ways before you know it.

Get away from the source of your busyness for a day. When you return, you’ll find that the Earth is still on its axis and your responsibilities, while not going anywhere, are not so intimidating.

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Audit Yourself

It’s likely that you’re not as busy as you think you are. The pressure you’ve placed on yourself to accomplish goals and the stress associated is probably causing your productivity to decrease.

It’s a good idea to dissect your typical day and find out exactly how much of your time is actually being dedicated to work.

For instance, I used to wake up extremely early in order to get a head-start on the day. For a short while, I saw a huge increase in productivity and everything was running smoothly. But once my dependence on caffeine skyrocketed and my lack of sleep caught up with me, I was burnt out. And that caused my work output to be even worse than before.

Learn to Balance

Just as you may never be fully “done” with your work or studies, you’ll never be able to fully balance everything. However, adopting a healthy lifestyle and living outside of your goals and aspirations will benefit you in the long run.

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