I’ve just recently joined the DOC so burnout would not be the right word for me at all. I contribute my lowered A1C to the DOC support. I love it here. It’s like my very own secret society. Although I sometimes obsess on research and reading people’s stories, asking questions, reaching out, advocating – I think it’s because I’ve never had it before. It’s that feeling of where have you been all my life? I’ve needed you! I’m making up for lost time!
I did take a weekend off from social media recently and that was refreshing. But it’s not necessary for me in particular. At least, I haven’t encountered the burnout – yet. Not to say I wouldn’t in the future. I don’t wake up to it or go to sleep to it. I don’t take things too personally. And the the things I am passionate about, I’m very grateful to have a voice. That’s one cool thing about us, every voice matters.
So why be burned out when I get nothing but positive things? There are too many wonderful, beautiful people here. There’s too much education and cool stuff too learn. It’s a cause that needs me when necessary. I can reach out for support when I need it. I am never alone. Everyone gets and understands me. I’m learning to laugh at diabetes. Laughter is ALWAYS a good thing.
So, burnout, if you come, know that the DOC is home, this is where you belong, and you are always welcome.