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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How To Lead A Calmer Life Today!

Anyone else feeling super stressed out since the start of the year? For me I’ve been battling the flu and a stomach bacteria but I feel like I’ve fallen so far behind on my 2020 goals by being out of commission for a week. A calmer life is something I need right now between taking meds, doctors appointments, and everything else. It really highlighted for me how we prioritize doing things and making ourselves busy rather than prioritizing relieving stress. Do you feel guilty when your stress levels are low so you start piling things onto your to-do list? Ah, so it’s not just me! I know it’s an important part of self-care but I still have issues putting my money where my mouth is. Failing to make your stress levels a priority has a huge effect on mental health and that’s why I want to share some quick and…

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Holiday Recovery Plan

We made it you guys! We got through the holidays and now it’s time to focus on our holiday recovery plan. There are six days until the New Year, till the end of the decade – so we’re in this weird in between place. I don’t know about you, but I am exhausted. If I had to give this holiday stars, it would be 2/5. I just wasn’t feeling the holiday season and I will shamelessly admit that I’m glad it’s over. Working in retail. Missing loved ones. Coping with your mental illness. Running out of spoons. Disappointment over your experience. We all have our reasons to recover. Here are some ideas for your holiday recovery plan. Bundle up and take a slow walk. Breathe deep. Notice your surroundings and the sounds. Release the tension in your shoulders. Enjoy the moment. Enjoy the gifts in your life – whether they’re…

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Evening Inventory Printables

Do you ever have those days where you just can’t sleep? Your mind is on overdrive – looping over and over on something that you wish would just leave you alone so that you could get some much needed zzz’s? Yeah, me too. I’ve always found journaling to be one of the best forms of self-driven therapy (Check out my Journaling Workbook!). The act of creating space to get into my head, take an account of it, and write it down has always been incredibly soothing to me. It allows me to take all of that mental baggage and “move” it into a different container – paper.  The Evening Inventory worksheet allows you to take stock of your day and release the negative while also reminding yourself of the positive. What was your overall feeling or mood and why? (It’s just paper – you’re allowed to drop all of the…

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