How to avoid Activist Burnout?

Anitra Freeman (anitra@speakeasy.org)
Sat, 7 Nov 1998 19:30:30 -0800 (PST)


How do you take care of yourself and avoid Activist Burnout?

Some of my own guidelines:

1) Appreciate what does get done, even when it's little things.  L. getting
her own apartment is important and joyous, even when 2,000 other women are
still homeless.  Enjoy the victories.

2) Enjoy the people you are with.  If you really care about and value
people, then value their small talk, their jokes and family histories,
their art and music.  Value being with them, hanging out with them.
Incidentally, it's good for your mental health.

3) Mind your own healing.  When somebody punches a button, they've done you
a favor.  Work on that button and heal it.  Each time this happens you will
become healthier and more effective.

I have to keep a constant eye on the Co-Dependency Demon.  It is healthy to
want to help.  It is unhealthy to hurt myself doing it, or to feel
responsible when someone else chooses to heal or chooses not to heal.
There are buttons that wake up the Co-Dependency Demon, too, and every time
I find one I try to excavate it.

4) Take care of yourself.  Eat, sleep, exercise, amd get regular dental
checkups.  Do As I Say And Not As I Do. :)

Anyobody else have guidelines on survival?
-- Anitra