“When you’re compassionate, you’re not running away from suffering, you’re not feeling overwhelmed by suffering, and you’re not pretending the suffering doesn’t exist. When you are practicing compassion, you can stay present with suffering.”
What is Compassion Fatigue?
In the 1980s an America Traumatologist, Charles Figley, recognised that the trauma staff working in a human or animal caring role were witness to cause a specific set of symptoms he called “Compassion Fatigue”.
He said this state was the natural consequence of this type of work and that, once recognised, the symptoms could be addressed and reversed at any point.
Who suffers from Compassion Fatigue?
If your job puts you in the front line of care for humans or animals, you are at risk of experiencing Compassion Fatigue.
What does Compassion Fatigue feel like?
The most common symptoms of Compassion Fatigue include:
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Working harder but accomplishing less
- Easily frustrated and irritated
- Losing compassion
- Experiencing frequent illnesses, aches and pains
Compassion Fatigue passes through several stages. It can affect your dedication, enthusiasm and commitment; leading to burnout, crippling your emotional, mental and physical health.
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