How to cope with fatigue

How to cope with fatigue

Many surveys have concluded that more than two-thirds of high school students are bored in class. Some may end up being super tired at the end of the day too! 


Both fatigue and boredom can cause a dip in educational motivation.  It is a cause for great concern because, once motivation drops, grades may go for a toss too!


Reasons for fatigue and boredom

There are many reasons why you experience fatigue and boredom while studying in high school or college…


1.    Fatigue 

Fatigue aka extreme tiredness arises out of unvarying class sessions, jam-packed break-less study sessions and running to and from tutorial centers and more activities packed into your 24-hour day. 


2.    Boredom

Boredom sets in with daily routine

  • Classes that are not interactive can make you yawn
  • Also, school curriculum does not include computer games, internet surfing and text messaging that may give you more excitement than a class session, say, in History.


How to deal with fatigue and boredom

Reasons may be many… but you need to get back to work (study), else you may have problems later.


To get your focus and energy back: 

  • You need to take breaks 
  • Change your study schedules 
  • Eat and sleep well 
  • Involve yourself in healthy activities, and 
  • Develop an overall positive attitude


Some kids have found many ways to cope. They like doing something creative or using imagination to combat boredom and enjoy school. 


What you can do

There are other unconventional ways to cope too. Here are some ways, mentioned in detail that can help you!


1.    Taking frequent breaks

Breaks help you relax a bit. Many studies on this have found that taking breaks every 90 minutes during study hour leaves one refreshed and one can refocus effectively. 


Take regular study breaks of 10 minutes by: 

  • Taking a walk breathing in fresh air 
  • Talking to friends on positive or fun topics 
  • Gulping down a fresh cup of coffee or beverage 
  • Seeing some comic movies or videos for a short duration 
  • Doing some stretches to relax your muscles
  • Meditating
  • Bathroom breaks
  • Tidying
  • Playing a computer game


Avoid 

  • Taking a nap
  • Taking excess caffeine
  • Chatting on social media for a long time

And after your 10-minute break, come right back to the activity at hand. 


2.    Constantly remember your goal

Combat boredom by reminding yourself of your end goals.  If your present Economics session is unexciting, do think of the benefits that you are expecting to gain on graduating in that subject. Contemplate how focusing now will help you write your final test better. 


3.    Avoid Procrastination

Don’t wait until the last moment to study for tests/complete your project.  Last-minute work may lead to fatigue, boredom, stress, anxiety, and frustration.  


Keep at least one-hour study schedules on normal days.  When the exams are around the corner, you will already be prepared for them as your study burden will have reduced considerably.


4.    Do not be hard on yourself

Don’t be hard on yourself. Work at your own pace, else fatigue will set in.  


Pace up your duties according to a pre-determined plan.  Divide your study timetable into manageable daily blocks and keep assessing how you are going about it.  Pacing your work helps you prepare for your exams all through the year in such a way that you need not struggle with huge portions when the exam is around the corner.


In case you have backlogs at any point in time, you can always ask your friends for help.   


5.    Take up a sport

All work and no play would cause tediousness for sure. Play is a great way to achieve learning goals. 

 

Another advantage is that it encourages critical thinking and problem-solving.  


6.    Some activities to tackle boredom

A.) Project Work:  Tasks that take more than the block of 45 minutes allotted to a subject in class, can sometimes ease boredom.  Project work does that because you have to work on it at home also. This way you will gain a practical view of the subject hands-on.


B.) Internships: Internships could help enliven the whole process of education.  Internships are the practical side of your learning. There is no question of boredom here as you are taking part in real-world environment challenges (for a brief period) that could equip you with skills to confront them again when you complete your education.  


C.) Other activities: Join activities which involve physical engagement or/and mindfulness, etc.


7.     Teachers/Professors can help

Approach a teacher if you feel unable to concentrate for long periods in class. A teacher can help make your class interesting by:

  • Adding stories in between lectures 
  • Introducing activities that involve all students 
  • Setting up interactive sessions 
  • Using educational aids 
  • Giving more options to students


Boredom and fatigue are very common problems in school.  Both can be addressed with proper strategies.  Employ the above solutions, boost up your energy and get right back to your studies. 

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