#ElderCareChat 8/15/12 Recap: Avoiding Burnout

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 23 August 2012

A record-breaking 91 participants attended last week’s chat on burnout (seems this is an issue that many can relate to, yes?). While you engaged and conversed, I was avoiding burnout by taking a week to rest and recharge in the mountains of Pennsylvania, where I was able to fully disconnect from technology, work, and to do lists. So before I share this recap, I must thank and applaud my wonderful teammate, Denise Brown (@caregiving), for skillfully moderating such a well-attended chat (that is, with a little help from SFL’s Editorial Director, Gina)!

Weight gain, illness, apathy. Anger. Resentment. These are among the non-desirable outcomes of letting burnout go unnoticed, of not taking action even when you feel you’re losing yourself. I’ve heard it said that if you don’t think you need a break, that’s actually the time you need it most — and I believe this to be true. Our stubborn self-reliance, our thoughts of “I can do it all” and “I’m fine,” our warped sense that pushing through (or pushing aside) these feelings of being overwhelmed and helpless and uninspired… we need to break ourselves of these habits and move into a frame of mind that doesn’t equate self-care with selfish.

The following questions guided the discussion:

Q1: How do you define burnout?
Q2. When was the last time you were burned out?
Q3: How does our mindset contribute to burnout?
Q4. What are the signs that you’re heading toward burning out?
Q5. What does someone look like and sound like when they’re burned out?
Q6. What’s the danger of being burned out?
Q7. How can we help someone who is burned out?
Q8: How will you take steps to help prevent burned out for yourself?

Review these highlights:

For more insights, check out the full transcript (thanks to our friends at The Fox Group); click here to review and share it. An attendance record (assembled in a collage of participants’ avatars) and other stats can be found here: #ElderCareChat analytics.

Don’t miss our next chat: Wednesday, September 5th at 1 p.m. ET. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Anyone who is interested in and passionate about eldercare issues can join us — anytime. Prior participation is not required, nor is there a need to stay for the full hour.

If the “real-time” frame doesn’t sync with your schedule, or if you feel that your question or idea requires well beyond 140 characters, start a discussion thread on our LinkedIn page or use the #eldercarechat hashtag. The LinkedIn group is also a great place to continue previous discussions, connect with those who share similar interests, or talk about the services you — or the company you represent — have to offer.


There are 2 Comments about this post

  1. Kaye Swain says,

    Thanks for another great #ElderCareChat – and recap. It’s always such a great resource!!! Have a terrif week!


    on 24 August 2012 / 11:26 PM

  2. You’re welcome, Kaye! So glad you’re a part of it. You too!


    on 25 August 2012 / 9:59 AM


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