Understanding compassion fatigue.

Can we talk for a moment about the toll the last 12 months has had on all of our lives?

The reality is that for so many of us there have been:

  • Ongoing challenges
  • Difficult cutbacks
  • Upsetting stories
  • Losses of so many things from loved ones, to personal fitness

Is there anything we’ve missed?

For some people, especially in some job/life roles, when we have endured so much pressure for so long there can be a loss of compassion or “compassion fatigue”. This means that we just can’t be empathetic with others’ pain, irrespective of how much we would want to. And this can manifest itself in our professional or personal lives.

If you think about it though – it makes perfect sense. When we are surrounded by so much suffering, it is impossible to imagine that we wouldn’t be affected by it.

You may have heard the term “burn-out” and how this can manifest itself in your life can be both physically:

  • Exhaustion
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Physical Anxiety
  • Increased susceptibility to illness

And emotionally:

  • Emotional Exhaustion
  • Distancing
  • Negative self-image
  • Depression
  • Reduced ability to feel empathy
  • Cynicism
  • Resentment

Thankfully there are some steps you can take and this excellent workshop provided for care-takers in Canada, showcases some of the valuable actions you can take to feel more like yourself again. Whilst it is aim at professional carers, we think it easily translates to our personal lives too.

One thing that we know for sure is that “this too will pass” so let’s try and be in the best shape possible to enjoy our lives again once it does. https://bit.ly/3roSYpa

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