Recognizing Compassion Fatigue & How to Sustain Yourself

Do you find yourself wishing you could take a break? Do you long for a chance to slow down? Are you noticing you’d like to cancel some things on your calendar?

Compassion Fatigue has been described as the “cost of caring” and while it does not rise to the level of burnout, it can have serious impacts on our work, relationships, and our health. The good news is that it’s preventable and treatable, but you need to be aware of its warning signs:

* Chronic Exhaustion

* Reduced ability to track emotions

* Anger and Irritability

* Increased use of food/alcohol and/or drugs

* Dread of working with certain clients/patients/students

* Lacking enjoyment of career/life

* Hypersensitivity or numbness feelings

* Difficulty separating work and personal life, deep sense of overwhelm

* Absenteeism – taking excessive sick/personal days

* Problems with intimacy and personal relationships

We’ve all heard the saying, “You can’t take care of others if you aren’t taking care of yourself.” Self care is at the heart of prevention and treatment of Compassion Fatigue. If you’ve never actively engaged in developing your own self care plan, it may feel overwhelming. The trick is to keep it simple. Work on one thing at a time and don’t beat yourself up for going off track every once in a while. Changing habits is not easy and takes time and patience with oneself. I coach successful women who want incorporate relaxation rituals into their daily lives and build regular massage sessions into their self care plans. I can help you create a plan that meets your specific needs – monthly packages are available.