Have you been experiencing feelings of helplessness, hopelessness or powerlessness?
Have you also been feeling irritable, angry, sad or even numb?
Do you find yourself ruminating about the suffering of others and feeling anger towards events or people causing the suffering?
Are you worried about feeling detached or having decreased pleasure in activities with things you once loved and enjoyed?
You’re not alone, these are all normal symptoms of compassion fatigue and there are ways to prevent and reduce these symptoms. The most common signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue include:
- Chronic exhaustion (emotional, physical, or both)
- Reduced feelings of sympathy or empathy
- Dreading working for or taking care of another and feeling guilty as a result
- Feelings of irritability, anger, or anxiety
- Hypersensitivity or complete insensitivity to emotional material
- Feelings of inequity toward the therapeutic relationship
- Trouble sleeping
- Weight loss
- Impaired decision-making
- Problems in personal relationships
- Poor work-life balance
- Diminished sense of career fulfillment
Prevention can include the practice of self-awareness and self-monitoring to recognize changes in your behavior. The following are examples of prevention of compassion fatigue:
- Reducing stressful workloads
- Monitoring sleep patterns
- Taking regular vacations
- Seeking personal therapy to process work problems
- Regular exercise
Are you finding that despite trying these preventive methods there has still been no change? Let us help you identify what has you feeling stuck. Together we can help you move forward in living the quality of life you truly want for yourself. Contact us today.