The trick to preventing burnout is shifting your perspective. Don’t judge yourself for the number of times you’ve fallen. Rather, celebrate each time you practice self-compassion by forgiving yourself and standing back.
What is Self-Compassion?
Self compassion entails giving ourselves “the same kindness and care we’d give a good friend”.
Use Self Compassion to Avoid Burnout
Is an on-the-job self-care method. Refuels your body and heart. Increases capacity to care for clients, patients or loved ones.
Simple Self-Compassion Exercise
- Employ Soothing Hand Gesture
– One hand on top of other on heart
– One hand on heart & one on belly
– Both hands on belly/rub belly
– Both hands cradling face
– One hand holding other hand
– Arms around shoulders (hugging self)
- Gently Say to Self
– It’s so hard for me to hear/watch this
– It’s so painful
– Serenity prayer : “May I have the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
- Also, for Greater Wellbeing
– Celebrate what’s good in life
– Practice gratitude
– Appreciate what’s good about self
Remember to love yourself first.