Have you noticed your emotional and physical exhaustion leading to "no fucks given" in this current climate of the world?
I am here to tell you that it is the negative cost of caring— compassion fatigue! The diminished ability to empathize with those around you right now is not unusual. Many of us are dealing with a shift in work environments, a pivot in lifestyle, stress levels varying, and the unknown. These changes make it challenging to maintain compassion towards yourself and others. Letting you in on a little tip, if this is you, you are not alone.
We see present common side effects when experiencing compassion fatigue, such as internalizing others' burdens, inability to concentrate, physical or mental exhaustion, poor self-care, depression, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping. I mean, seriously, most of us are going through our world events' unique challenges personally, and then we are simultaneously faced with those of our friends, family, and co-workers. Without a doubt, these challenges are exhausting and provide a simple explanation for why the side effects can include those listed above.
While this is normal, it can also be a form of secondary traumatic stress that we can benefit from addressing before it causes irreparable damages to our well-being and others. At this point, you may be wondering, "What can I do to lessen my chances of falling victim to compassion fatigue?" Well, I have some answers for you; check them out below!
Be aware of our physical and emotional boundaries: Physical Boundaries— include our body, personal space, and privacy. Emotional Boundaries— involve separating our feelings from another's feelings.
Create a structure and routine within our day: Structure and a routine can promote well-being because we know what to expect, it reassures us, there is consistency, and it allows us to have an opportunity to feel accomplished.
Take brief mental or physical breaks: When we breakdown and begin to not feel as though we are ourselves, it can be due to a build-up of severe mental distress. To avoid stress from building up and becoming intolerable and impairing, leading to breakdowns, we must find time to take breaks.
Engage in an activity that allows for replenishing: These activities look different for everyone. Some ideas may include physical activity, DIY's, journaling, or spiritual practices.
Hello, my name is Dejamarie Crozier, and I am a multidimensional person. One part of my personality that I have learned to embrace and love is the creative side. In the last six months, I have embarked on a journey of honestly expressing myself through writing. I have had many trials, tragedies, and triumphs in my life, and my creative characteristics have led me to art therapy. I call my pieces expressive writing. I believe there are real healing powers in writing. The act of expressing myself through writing has become a form of therapy. It allows me to express my personal feelings as I navigate grief, process trauma, and battle depression and anxiety. These written disclosures have helped me answer questions, state my opinions and beliefs, recount my personal experiences, and, most importantly, heal. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to share one with you.
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