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AOC sends tips for dealing with burnout in fundraising email

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 2021-10-20

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R ep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez steered clear of political themes in a fundraising email to supporters, instead sending tips for dealing with burnout.

The Mayo Clinic calls burnout “a special type of work-related stress — a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity.” While the term is not new, it rose to prominence during the COVID-19 pandemic as remote workers blurred the lines between their personal and professional lives while working from home, and in-person workers dealt with the added burden of avoiding illness or navigating mitigation efforts.

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In the Tuesday night email, the New York progressive said she received a question about burnout during a social media livestream. She wrote that having experienced burnout herself, she wanted to “share some of the tips I’ve learned here about recovering from and preventing burnout.”

Tips included creating “healthy expectations and compassion for yourself,” “carving out time for YOURSELF,” and setting boundaries.

"Think of your whole self as a cup,” the email said. “Participating in certain activities that are physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally demanding means that you're pouring from your cup."

Ocasio-Cortez said to “not feel guilty” about setting aside time for enjoyable activities — whether it's journaling, watercolor painting, or “being a total potato in bed.”

The email went on to suggest modeling the IRS in “spiritually auditing the use of your time and energy.”

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The email became a topic of discussion on Twitter, as some users praised it as “relevant” or “inspiring” while others said the matter would be better left to therapists.

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