By heatherericksonauthor.comThe Erickson Family

Avoiding Burnout : 2019 A to Z Theme Reveal

Avoiding Burnout

It’s that time of year! This April, I will once again be participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Every day (except Sundays) bloggers post to their blogs something that pertains to a specific theme (usually) and corresponds to the letter of the alphabet assigned to that day. Today is the day when participants reveal their chosen theme. Last year my theme was “Caregiving.” This year I’m going to branch off from that theme and focus on something that caregivers (and everyone else) from time to time, must battle. Facing Cancer with Grace’s theme in 2019 is…

Avoiding Burnout

Burnout is the result of prolonged, excess stress. It can leave you mentally overwhelmed, physically exhausted, emotionally drained, and even spiritually withdrawn.  Burnout renders you unable to keep up with demands of caregiving and even mundane, everyday tasks.

Some Signs of Burnout:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Frequent illness (low immunity)
  • Headaches
  • Weight fluctuations (Increased/decreased appetite)
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Lack of motivation
  • Forgetfulness
  • Trouble Concentrating
  • Hopelessness
  • Increased irritability/anger
  • Self-isolation
  • Becoming cynical
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Loss of Joy

A to Z in 2 Places!

Once again I will be doing the A to Z Blogging Challenge on both of my blogs. I will be sharing ways to avoid burnout, here at Facing Cancer with Grace.  At Heather Erickson Author/Writer/Speaker, I will share ways of thinking creatively, using Brainsparker’s Kickstart Course of A to Z prompts. I hope you’ll visit me at both places.

To give you a preview of some of the posts I have (and will have) written, I am posting the schedule. These links will go live when the post is up at 7 AM CST on the following dates:

April                       Topic

1              A             Asking for Help

2              B             Begin your day right

3              C             Clear the Clutter

4              D             Date Night

5              E              Eliminate one Obligation

6              F              Financial Help

8              G             Give up the Caregiver Guilt

9              H             Hug Someone You Love

10           I               Imagine You’re on a Beach: Visualization

11           J              Journal to Avoid Burnout

12           K             Keep Yourself Accountable by Seeing a Therapist

13           L              Lift Someone’s Spirits by Listening

15           M            Mindfulness to Avoid Burnout

16           N             Say No to Avoid Burnout

17           O             One Thing a Day to Avoid Burnout

18           P             Having Pets for Stress Relief

19           Q             Quit a bad habit

20           R             Respite Care for Burnout Prevention

22           S              Sleep Hygiene

23           T              Thankful for the Gift of Gratitude

24           U             Unload 3 Things: Should’ve, Could’ve, Would’ve

25           V             Vacation to Avoid Burnout

26           W            Walking to Keep Burnout at Bay

27           X             X (10) Ways to Cope with Stress

29           Y              Your Self Care Plan to Avoid Burnout

30           Z              Zip through Your Household Chores

May 6                     A to Z Reflections

What Are Your Thoughts?

Please share in the comment section, below. I appreciate my readers as well as the writing community. To show that appreciation, I use Comment Luv. Just leave a comment below and your latest post will get a link next to it. Thank you!


In 2012 doctors diagnosed my husband, Dan, with stage IV lung cancer. Since then, our family has been learning what it means to face cancer. I’ve focused my writing and speaking on helping cancer patients and their families advocate for themselves and live life to the fullest, in spite of their illness. My goal is to help people face cancer with grace.

My book Facing Cancer as a Friend: How to Support Someone Who Has Cancer, is available on

Also, check out Facing Cancer as a Parent: Helping Your Children Cope with Your Cancer.

Also, put your memories into words with The Memory Maker’s Journal.

I also blog at Heather Erickson Author/Writer/Speaker


A to Z Challenge Survivor



Facing Cancer as a Parent Book Cover

Get the Memory Maker’s Journal

Facing Cancer as a Friend!