Friday Question – Burnout

Friday Question – Burnout

By | 2016-04-01T16:14:21-04:00 March 18th, 2016|Categories: Questions|Tags: , , |1 Comment

NOTE: We haven’t had one of these in a little while, because most of our team had to unexpectedly go on hiatus, including me. Now, I can pick these up again for the foreseeable future. If anyone is interested in volunteering, we could really use the help! You can volunteer as a writer or a moderator. I have set up a new volunteer thread for prospective mods on our forum. If you’d like to volunteer as a writer, please feel free, but know that our writing team will only pick back up in May, so we will not begin reviewing applications until then.

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Something to Ponder Today

Recently at The Asexual Agenda, Laura wrote a post about burnout which really resonated with me, many of the other writers, and, it seems, much of the ace community. Burnout in general is hard to deal with, but there is something about writing about asexuality, doing activism about asexuality, and trying to form community as an ace person that is particularly exhausting. And from the comments section of Laura’s post, it seems quite a few people are really not sure how to combat it. With that in mind, I want to provide a place to pool ideas, especially since survivors—and even more so with survivors directly engaging in work like the kind we do here—tend to burn out more easily.

How do you deal with burnout?

  • Do you personally have a way that works best for you? Have you tried anything that hasn’t worked out well for you?
  • Do you think that the way that you typically handle burnout is healthy, or do you feel that you tend to resort to unhealthy coping methods?
  • Does burnout, for you, feel triggering in some way? If so, is it an overt (or obvious) trigger, or a covert trigger (one that you do not or had not realized is a trigger)?
  • Are there triggers that come up for you when you’re feeling burned out that aren’t directly related, but are heavily influenced by being burned out in some way?
  • What is it that you think makes the ace community more prone to experiencing burnout?

You don’t have to answer every (or any!) question, of course. These are just different ways to approach the topic which might be helpful to consider. You can share as much or as little as you like.

On the Forum

Please note that we are still working things out in the forum, especially technical issues. We are gradually letting people in now who are not moderators or volunteers, but it can basically be considered “in beta” for now. So if you do join, please excuse our forum being a bit of a mess while we get everything tested. There may also be a little bit of a wait time for sending out invites.

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About the Author:

Elizabeth is a 30-something asexual woman who is often mistaken for a lesbian, due to the fact that she is partnered to a lady. She is actually bi (but not biromantic) and somewhere on the aromantic spectrum. She is formally trained in creative writing with a focus on non-fiction and poetry. She writes for The Asexual Agenda and maintains a personal blog called Prismatic Entanglements. In her spare time, she enjoys being cat furniture, coming up with new Pokemon strategies and never going to church.

One Comment

  1. Elizabeth March 22, 2016 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    Coming at this question a little bit sideways rather than directly, but yesterday I posted this as a kind of a response to this topic.

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