Compassion fatigue affects care-givers or service providers who, on a regular basis, deal with individuals with serious injuries.
Set personal limits by learning when to say “no”.
Compassion fatigue occurs when one oversteps his/her personal limits and symptoms of exhaustion in order to help another.
Emphasize self-care. Put yourself first!
Nurturing yourself gives you the strength and capacity to nurture others.
Go ahead… give positive feedback!
Feedback is important. There is no toxic dose of support: as humans we thrive on praise and appreciation.
Remember Plan B
By having a ‘contingency plan’, you will not be afraid to approach your concerns in difficult situations and advocate for change.
Learn to pace yourself.
Give yourself permission for leisure time. Balance care-giving and work with rest, recovery, relaxation and downtime.
Get some sleep! Feel well-rested!
There are grave consequences of sleep deprivation: sleep to prevent burn-out. Invest in power naps!
Above all, be true to yourself.
What are your gifts? What can you give to the world effortlessly?
Remember: don’t self-deprecate, self-appreciate!