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If you've ever heard of (or thought you might have) "burn-out" when it comes to caregiving, here are some things to keep in mind. Strategies to help prevent burnout include:

  • Believing in your own ability to accomplish personally meaningful goals and tasks. One way to develop this is to observe a friend or colleague accomplish something meaningful. It is contagious and increases your ability to meet challenges head on.
  • Have creative outlets. Burnout interferes with your ability to perform well and decreases your ability to think accurately, flexibly, and creatively.
  • Take care of yourself. We think that there is always something to do. Whatever "it" is will still be there after you take a much-needed break.
  • Get support where you can find it. It takes time and effort to maintain social connections, but supportive people are the best inoculation against burnout.
  • Increase your diet of positive emotions which builds your resilience and ability to focus on the solution instead of focusing on the problem. Of course, having a good friend with whom to share your feelings is always important.

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