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Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue, also known as  secondary traumatic stress  (STS), is a condition characterized by a gradual lessening of compassion over time. Compassion fatigue can affect a wide range of professions and caregivers. It tends to be common among professionals who regularly work in a helping or healing capacity.

Professionals especially vulnerable to Compassion Fatigue include emergency care workers, medical professionals, law enforcement officers, victim advocates, human service workers, mental health professionals and CLERGY.

Professionals who work with people, particularly people who are suffering, must contend with not only the normal stress or dissatisfaction of work, but also with the emotional and personal feelings for the suffering. When compassion fatigue occurs Job performance goes down, mistakes go up. Morale drops and personal relationships are affected, people’s home lives start to deteriorate, personality deteriorates and eventually it can lead to overall decline in general physical and mental health. If you are someone you know experiences compassion fatigue.  Here are a few tips to better help you manage.

Tips for Managing Compassion Fatigue

Find someone to talk to.
Understand that the pain you feel is normal.
Exercise and eat properly.
Get enough sleep.
Take some time off and develop interests outside of helping profession.
Identify what’s important to you.
Develop a realtionship with GOD and commit the same amount of time to him as you do others.