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Burnout, What Is It?

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With finals, gloomy weather and the want for a change in classes, the end of the first semester of the 2023-2024 school year could be seen as a big desire for both students and staff at North Polk High School.

With this desire may also come the sense of detachment from courses being taken and the overall lack of motivation. This and headaches, a sense of failure, changes in eating/sleeping patterns and more are common signs of experiencing a burnout. 

The Understood Organization defines burnout as “a state of mental, physical, or emotional exhaustion,” and explains that it can be caused by not getting to relax due to ongoing stress and or frustration. This can be experienced by anyone who is overwhelmed with numerous stressors that could include but are not limited to school, work and home demands. 

So how does one get out of this situation?

Health One and Two teacher, Anne Sloan expressed that everyone may have a different situation and therefore a different way of dealing with burnout, and furthermore create healthy boundaries for themselves.

Sloan expressed “I think this has a lot to do with self-care strategies and making sure that we are being proactive and not reactive,” meaning rather than waiting for the stressor to stop, one should take action and help themselves. 

She furthermore listed a list of activities that students may be able to try and find what is best for them:

  • Time management
  • Establishing priorities
  • Sleep Hygiene
  • Limiting screen time
  • Incorporating physical activity
  • Fueling your body appropriately and as best you can
  • Have your “people” to go to and talk to—reach out and talk, don’t isolate
  • Mindfulness activities which can include meditation, deep breathing and more
  • Knowing resources of where to go if you need help



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Zoe Marquez
Zoe Marquez, Newspaper Editor
Junior, Zoe Marquez is the newspaper editor for “The Orbit.” She explained, “I decided to join the newspaper because it seemed really interesting as well as it builds connections.” She plans to gain writing and editing experience by being an editor throughout the rest of her high school career.  Marquez is busy at school with both DMACC and AP classes. Outside of school she has many hobbies to fill her time. “Growing up not knowing English, reading and writing give you a sense of achievement.” Marquez also enjoys watching Netflix and making time for friends and family.  While Marquez has no definitive plans for the future she knows that this class will give her many necessary skills for any career. “It’s going to help me professionally, as well as help me grow better communication skills,” explained Marquez. 

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