Webinar Report: Compassionate Caring – Understanding Compassion Fatigue

Caregiver Saathi’s “Compassionate Caring” webinar series helps primary caregivers get support, access to information, and guidance from experts. Our 4th “Compassionate Caring” webinar was hosted by Bhavana Issar from Caregiver Saathi and featured Dr. Seema Rao and Prachi S. Vaish. It focused on the Psychological well-being of caregivers and shed light on Compassion Fatigue and how you can overcome it.

Dr. Seema Rao shared a personal story of her experience with compassion fatigue and how it was difficult to even reflect on and detect- thereby showing just how little attention we pay to this. She stressed the importance of finding the right balance and not getting consumed by caregiving. This could be done by practicing mindfulness and partaking in activities that help us feel connected to ourselves and the people around us. Prachi S. Vaish also delved into the block that individuals have when it comes to mental health. Among other things, she also emphasized the importance of normalizing the process of seeking mental help from a professional. The outcome of this webinar was that the audience was able to gain a deeper understanding of the areas that encompass compassion fatigue. Common emotional symptoms include mood swings, restlessness, irritability accompanied by physical stress such as headaches, fatigue, and muscle tension. Work-related symptoms can also include avoidance of work, lack of fulfillment, and more.

In addition to this, there were also some interesting points raised by the audience. While one participant spoke about why Compassion Fatigue is also known as Secondary Traumatic stress, others asked some very valid questions on the lines of the meaning of satisfaction and how to be more compassionate.

On the whole, the webinar was extremely insightful and enabled a very constructive conversation amongst the experts and the audience members. We, at Caregiver Saathi, are extremely delighted with the level of participation. Please do attend the upcoming webinars as we bring to you a diverse range of topics focused on the different elements of well-being for caregivers.

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