Prioritizing Self-Care to Combat Compassion Fatigue

“Ask yourself what is the most important thing in your life?… what if I told you the right answer was I and the most important thing in life was me?”

Caregivers feel overwhelmed, anxious and sometimes take on their patient’s feeling as their own. Everyone is vulnerable, especially those who take long-term care of their loved ones at home. It is normal to have these feelings but they could turn into irritation, feelings of worthlessness and disconnecting themselves from everyone including family. These are the symptoms of compassion fatigue.

“Caregiving is an emotional and physical burden created by caring for others in distress. It can also be known as secondary vicarious stress disorder which is comparable to PTSD.”

While these feelings are very normal in caregiving, caregivers tend to lose themselves. They confuse it with depression and suffer in silence. When a caregiver is emotionally attached to the patient, they put the patient’s life and needs before their own.

This leads to compassion fatigue and soon the caregiver stops feeling and caring.  To avoid this, self-care is important and must not be considered selfish. If one cannot take care of themselves, they cannot take care of others.

If you can identify with this story, please share it with others who care for someone and help them share too. The feeling of understanding, not being alone and access to support is what keeps caregivers going.  

Sharing your story helps understand yourself — feelings, passions, hopes. It lightens the load and offers relief from loneliness, anxiety, anger or guilt. Our experiences and hopes can benefit others – to know that the challenges are the same, learn new ways to cope and care… they aren’t alone but part of a team. 

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Source: TEDx Talks

This You Tube video has been curated by Caregiver Saathi. All Rights are Reserved with the original publisher and creators.

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