Originally Posted by Dsmoody23
I've been going non-stop for the last 3+ years. Summer classes, winter classes, school and work, with a long weekend between one thing and the next, if I'm lucky. My last vacation was in 2006. I know this isn't a unique situation, so I'm curious how you guys got around it, and back to normal.
Going non-stop for about 8 years
with the occasional small break now and then, but nothing that actually fixed the burnout.
The few things that helped me cope were finding creative outlets. Try something you've always wanted to do. Maybe take a fun class (dance, art, cooking, yoga). Invest time in something completely unrelated to school. But if indeed you're too busy for even that, my only other suggestion would be exercise. Burns off the stress and makes you feel a little better.
I agree with other posters who say that a "one and done" relaxation day doesn't seem to help. The issue is comprehensive life stress, and that (for me) can't be fixed by one day away from school. That's like putting a band-aid on a DIC bleed out. Nice sentiment but doesn't fix the bigger picture.
Honestly, I'm so completely burnt out. 4th year has eradicated my free time for any of the stress reliving things I usually do so it's been worse than usual. Thankfully it's almost over. After that I'm taking an extended break. No medicine, no lectures, nothing.
If your school has a counselor, consider having a chat with them. The vet school here has counselors available for that very thing - burnout is actually quite a common phenomenon. They can help you get a different perspective on the situation and may have other helpful recommendations.