Getting Back into a Flow With School Can be Mentally Exhausting

Jordan Mendiola
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School is one of my least favorite environments to be in by far. 

You would think that someone who isn’t fond of school also doesn’t like to learn, right? It’s actually the opposite for me.

I was all about learning social media marketing through my own personal research and taking instructor-free classes. 

But the moment I got assigned to a live virtual course for the NCO’s Academy in the Army, I got hit with a wave of mental exhaustion.

Sometimes, burnout or exhaustion can come from being fully engaged and focused for several hours at a time. It’s not hard to get into a flow state when it’s something you enjoy.

But the moment it’s a subject or topic that doesn’t exactly meet all your interests doesn’t inspire you, doesn’t hype you up, then it can become tiring.

The newer the information you’re learning, the more strenuous it’ll be on your brain. The more information you learn, the curvier your brain gets, and the more knowledge you’ll have stored. 

Here are some tips for staying engaged with virtual learning:

  • Make your bed and tidy up your environment.
  • Stretch your body out.
  • Wash your face with cold water, brush your teeth, and other hygiene.
  • Eat a bowl of cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, or any light breakfast (too much food to start the morning could put you in a food coma).
  • Listen to lyric-less music to soothe your mind.
  • Have a plan for how you want to spend your breaks.

Learning will be more beneficial if you’re engaged, feeling good, motivated, have a good instructor, and are willing to learn. 

School may feel exhausting at first, but as long as you set yourself up for success, it won’t be as dreadful as you once thought. 

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