How to Combat Compassion Fatigue

If you’re in an emotionally heady professional field, such as an EMT, a teacher, or a mom with several emotionally needy souls constantly hanging on your ankles all day long, chances are you’re going to feel emotionally exhausted sooner or later.  This phenomenon — known as compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatization, or secondary traumatization — is extremely common. If you’re familiar with the feeling, feel free to read on in order to understand a bit more about this tricky emotional battle along with a few suggestions on how to manage things when it creeps into the picture.  What is Compassion Fatigue? It may sound cliche, but sometimes the most concise, effective definitions come straight out of the dictionary. Merriam Webster defines “compassion fatigue” in one of two ways. Medically, it is the emotional withdrawal, accompanied by mental and physical exhaustion, that takes place when someone cares for sick or traumatized people…

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Why I love Simply Earth Essential Oils

I’ve written about my love of essential oils many times before on the blog. Today I’m going to talk about Simply Earth Essential Oils and why I have a total crush on them. Let me give you a code first first! If you decide to purchase a subscription to their monthly recipe box, use the code DOMINEEFREE to get a $40 gift card with your purchase. You’ll also get a free “Bonus Box” which will have goodies we’ll talk about later! Simply Earth sent me their March Essential Oil Recipe Box in exchange for an honest review. So here you go: I love them. I love them A LOT. I used to buy my essential oils from my favorite metaphysical shop here in town, but when they closed I started just buying them from the grocery store because I’m cheap (I admit it). I thought about signing up for DoTerra…

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The Power of Inner Peace (And Everyday Ways to Achieve It)

In today’s increasingly frantic and fast-paced world, it’s getting harder to turn the volume down. We’re more connected to the world around us than ever, and that can be equal parts blessing and curse. It’s great to be connected with the people who are close to us (especially for a socially anxious introvert like me!). I love being able to see the latest news from all over the world via a few dabs at a touchscreen but when I’m anxious or sad I’ve learned that I have to create boundaries. Being constantly connected can add stress, anxiety, and sensory overload and letting all of that get to us takes us away from all of the amazing things that are happening in our lives.. It’s a fine balance between connection and stepping away so that you can experience the things (and people) around you.  The power of inner peace When the…

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Self-Care for Sensory Overload

Growing up with a younger brother on the autism spectrum, I was no stranger to sensory overload. He still (even to this day) can’t wear certain fabrics like denim, can’t eat certain foods, and is sensitive to sounds and colors. I remember how, when he was younger, we’d wrap him in a blanket (much like swaddling) and we’d make a game of it, pretending that he was a hotdog and we’d name all of the things we were gonna put on him. Being wrapped up like that instantly calmed him down. We learned what a sensory overload meltdown looked like and how to help him feel better. In my teens, I developed anxiety and I was constantly overwhelmed by so many things. Especially in public places with lots of sounds. As an adult, my anxiety was worse. There were days when I was so anxious I felt like I was…

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