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Quarantine Burnout

Maria Dorado

Posted on July 31, 2020 02:21

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While properly isolating and social distancing reduces our chances of contracting COVID-19, we have to discuss how it can cause us to become exhausted and burnt out due to adjusting how we do work. This is even more crucial to acknowledge considering the beginning of the school year is around the corner.

The week most of us in the U.S probably started to feel truly alarmed about COVID-19 coincided with my school's spring break. While the first half of the week seemed fine, my university announced around halfway through the week that they'd be extending our break by a week for non-online courses.

This was with the belief that we would be going back, which didn't happen. The teaching methods that soon followed the announcement that we'd be transitioning online for the rest of the semester ranged from less work to the same amount of work to even more work, which resulted in me burning myself out pretty quickly. I'm likely not the only one.

While there are those who can efficiently transition to an online setting even in a pandemic, not everyone can and this is partly because of classist issues. Not everyone has a quiet place to work when they're not on-campus. Likewise, not everyone has the privilege to focus on themselves when they're home; many have family obligations to attend to when they're not in school, which cuts down the time typically dedicated to focusing on one's studies or causes one to find a different time of day to focus on work. 

For me, this meant having to alter my sleep schedule to sleeping during parts of the day and working on homework all night while also making time to apply to jobs. Despite the fact that I was finishing some of my assignments early on to the point where I could afford not working on anything for a few days, this isn't the best route because it can really mess up your sleep cycle and cause you to rapidly become mentally exhausted. While my sleep schedule has slowly been getting better with a few setbacks, it still hasn't adjusted despite being done with school for almost three months now. 

While there's no one solution, we need to make sure we're taking care of our health and not trying to just be done with everything in fear of missing deadlines. Discuss boundaries with those you live with, ask for extensions if you need them and please get some rest.

For professors, please have compassion and leniency given that many may not be comfortable being on campus or have the same resources and time available if remote learning. Depending on the school's procedures, some may not even have the same on-campus resources available to them that meet their schedules as they would have had prior.   

Remember to keep social distancing and, if you're returning to in-person courses, follow your school's procedures.

Maria Dorado

Posted on July 31, 2020 02:21

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Source: CNET

To start, health care professionals and academics are being invited to make predictions about COVID-19.

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