If you find yourself emotionally and physically exhausted, easily irritated and blaming others for problems on a daily basis: you could be suffering from compassion fatigue.
There are many resources for how to recognize, prevent and treat compassion fatigue. I would like to focus on the coaching approach to dealing with this chronic and debilitating condition. Coaching is unique in starting with examining your personal operating beliefs. Your beliefs drive your actions on a daily basis. Reflection and examining your beliefs is the key to changing your actions. If you believe that putting the needs of others first is important, then your actions will reflect that belief. If you believe that you are totally responsible for healing an injured animal than you will take on all of the pain and disappointment if that animal fails to thrive. If you believe that you must be perfect with every task at work, than you will consider any misstep a personal failure.
A strong identification with weak, suffering, helpless animals or people contribute to higher levels of compassion fatigue. Caring to much and taking on all the emotional blame for any outcome is part of a belief that you need to care more than any one else in order to help others.
So the reason that many people are attracted to a caring, helping profession is also the reason they are at higher risk for compassion fatigue.
Check your self against these common symptoms:
- Emotional exhaustion
- Reduced sense of personal accomplishment or meaning in work
- Poor habits of self-care
- Excessive blaming
- Isolations for others
- Physical exhaustion and chronic fatigue
- Compulsive behaviors such as overeating, overspending or binge TV watching
- Substance abuse to mask feelings
- Pent up emotions
- Difficulty concentrating or making basic decisions
How does Spiral Coaching help with compassion fatigue?
Coaching is based on self-learning, self-compassion and reflection to make adjustments in your normal patterns that support a healthier, happier you. Resilient people practice self-care, exercise regularly, eat healthy and have strong support systems. Do You? Practicing self compassion is a way to recharge your emotional batteries. Using a journal with a coach gives you a guide for faster results
How would you rate your stress level today? Do you have signs of compassion fatigue?
What are you willing to do about improving your life right now?
What beliefs drive your actions? Do those beliefs support a healthy lifestyle?
These are basic coaching questions that start the process of moving in a direction of creating positive changes for you.
If you don’t like where you are, you must be willing to take action before your life will change.
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