To Baldwin Park Unified families,
As we continue to do all we can to slow the surge of COVID-19, we also want to continue practicing healthy habits to ensure our physical and emotional well-being. At this stage of the pandemic, it is not uncommon for many of us to experience burnout – the feeling of being physically and emotionally exhausted.
For students and parents, it is important to understand the signs and symptoms of burnout. Burnout does not happen all at once but builds gradually. Sometimes the signs are obvious and sometimes they are hard to notice. Exhaustion, isolation, irritability and frequent illness are all signs of burnout.
There are different stages of burnout. If you are pushing yourself too hard, you could be experiencing burnout. Be wary of neglecting personal care, conflict with your family or friends, having no time for anything but items on your task list, withdrawal, depression, feeling empty and mental or physical exhaustion.
Everyday practices can help you avoid burnout and revitalize your well-being:
- Eat smart to be smart – maintaining a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables and whole grains is the key to staying mentally sharp and not losing focus.
- Exercise regularly – find time throughout the day to stretch your arms and legs. Being active for at least 60 minutes a day prevents cognitive decline and restores energy.
- Take a break from your devices – though phones and computers are our primary communication tools, it is important to find the time to disconnect, especially before you go to bed at night.
- Take rest seriously – eight hours of sleep each night helps the body and mind re-energize and regenerate.
- Catch a breath of fresh air – take time to step outside and enjoy the sun or watch the clouds.
- Reach out to loved ones – is there a friend you are missing or haven’t seen in months? Make an effort to reach out. Sometimes just saying “hi” is all it takes to make a positive impact on someone’s life, as well as your own.
- Take advantage of District resources – never hesitate to contact a teacher, counselor, or administrator if you need help with schoolwork, need someone to talk to, or require assistance on a professional level.
If there are any questions about ways the District can support you and your child, please visit our official website or contact your child’s school.