Understanding of Compassion Fatigue and ways in which to manage it are very relevant in our current environment.  I appreciate that many of you got into your businesses in order to make a difference and where possibly motivated by doing something you felt passionate about.

What you maybe didn’t expect is by providing the support that you felt was valuable, whether to customers/clients or to your team, was that this very concern could result in the experience of Compassion Fatigue.

Unlike burnout, which is more likely to gradually build up in a person, Compassion Fatigue can be experienced suddenly, often stemming from feelings of disempowerment or the inability to ‘fix things’ or solve other’s problems.

Ways you may see this manifest include:

  • Difficulty focussing or concentrating
  • Experiencing a sense of powerlessness
  • Feeling burdened by the worry of others
  • A heaviness connected to responsibility
  • Endeavoring to suppress your thoughts and feeling
  • Interrupted sleep and feelings of fatigue
  • Loss of joy or a sense of humour

So what can be done to bring back balance and militate against this in order to be there for those you care about?

  • Take care of YOU by putting strategies in place so you stay on top of your Empowerment Pyramid
  • Find a positive, trusted sounding board so you can express your concerns rather than suppress them
  • Be proactive in your approach and give yourself space to rebalance between discussions and interactions with others
  • Engage in tailored practices that work for you to release the build-up of stress
  • Be selective in what you watch, listen and buy into
Hazel Ruby

Hazel Ruby

Hazel Ruby is the founder of Ruby Cubes and the creator of ICU. Contact Hazel today to make an appointment and work together.