Somewhere along the way you started feeling like a zombie. You are physically and emotionally exhausted. You’re feeling burned out, overwhelmed, disconnected, tense, and on edge. Hopelessness is sinking in or has already sunken in. You’re calling out to work or neglecting responsibilities. You are terrified that you can’t handle life’s demands or the needs of those who count on you. Your family and relationships are suffering. The words “self-care” elicit both a laugh and a sinking feeling in your stomach, but also, you know that at some point something has to give. You are tired of feeling guilty for having your own needs. It is time.
Compassion Fatigue is the result of being burned out and repeated exposure to secondary traumatic stress. This is commonplace in helping professions such as counseling, nursing, advocacy, and emergency response services. If you are a human services professional (doctor, nurse, therapist, social worker, advocate, first responder) and you once loved helping others but now you need help. That is OK. Please reach out. I am here to help and I understand that you want to feel like what you do matters. You want to feel capable and hopeful, and you want to love your job again. However, you also want quality time for yourself and your family, and you want to feel confident doing what you need to do to make that happen. Lets work on that.