It may seem like an oxymoron, but the truth is that you can care too much. When caregivers care too much that they neglect themselves, it can create a downward spiral of self destruction known as Compassion Fatigue. Understanding the symptoms of this condition is the first step managing it and to moving towards a healthier state of being.
Do any of these sound familiar?
- Bottled up emotions – Do you suppress your true emotions? There is a difference between feeling your feelings and expressing them.
- Isolation – Do you feel estranged from others? Are you having problems sharing your feelings with others? Do you feel that you have no one to turn up?
- Excessive Blaming – Do you habitually look for someone to blame for you and your loved one’s circumstances? Do you want to hold someone accountable for your troubles?
- Preoccupation – Have you become preoccupied with your loved one’s health and well being? Do you neglect other people and other relationships?
- Financial Problems – Have you neglected tend to your own financial matters; being so overwhelmed that you cannot face dealing with the details of managing your own life?
- Violent thoughts – Do you have violent thoughts as you move through your day taking care of your loved ones?
The path of healing from Compassion Fatigue will lead to a greater sense of well being and make you a better caregiver. If you are fully present when caring your loved one’s care will improve and your interactions will be more positive. The first step is awareness and then you can begin to take better care of yourself, discover healing activities, find support and attend to your spiritual needs.
Once you suffer from Compassion Fatigue it is always in you. Healing is a process and staying healthy should be an ongoing priority. You need to diligently manage your Compassion Fatigue if it resurfaces and turn away from your old destructive habits.
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