“How to Take Care of Others Without Burning Out”

There’s a good article in Monday’s TIME Health on avoiding caregiver burn-out.

To avoid burn-out, we’re told that self-care is critical. “The question is: What does self-care look like, and how much of it do we need? As it turns out, the trick is to be other-focused and kind, but to balance that with taking care of yourself as well.”

The article lists three “practices” to help you find that balance:
* self-compassion
* social connection
* empathy and compassion

The article ends with this advice:

“Self-compassion, social connection, and empathy are powerful forms of self-care—but that doesn’t mean that traditional self-care activities have no place in our lives. Keeping your spirits up with exercise, sleeping in and making room for fun activities like movies or shopping are important. These pleasures give us short bursts of happiness that can help fuel us and keep us playful in life. To complement these more physical pleasures, however, giving and connecting with others in positive ways will bring us long-lasting feelings of joy that come from a life of purpose and meaning.”

Here’s a link to the full article:


Mental Health/Psychology
How to Take Care of Others Without Burning Out
Emma Seppälä
Aug 07, 2017
TIME Health