Is Compassion Fatigue a thing?

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Is compassion fatigue a thing? 

You may have heard me talk about this before, as its an area I am so passionate about.

This is in part because some great therapists and coaches end up leaving the profession due to burnout. The same applies for when we support loved ones or colleagues in any area, we can sometimes feel like supporting others in any capacity can be so draining when it doesn’t need to be. 

I know this first hand as I was a burnt out psychotherapist, partner and mum for many years.

I was trying to be all things to all people and never really understood how little I was in my own wellbeing trying to help others access theirs!

It was a simple misunderstanding of what being a support and listening to others actually meant.

I burnt out because I was so in my head, intellect or ego analysing the support I was giving as well as trying to jump too far ahead and predict the future and that was causing me stress and tension consistently. 

We don’t run out of love and compassion, we literally have limitless amounts to give!

So how do we feel fatigued when showing love and compassion?

If you really consider how you are showing love and compassion, as yourself: are you really connecting from a place of love and wellbeing?

If you are in assessment, analysis mode or on a mission to fix someone or something you are not leading with love and compassion.

You may feel that love and compassion is the driver, but the overwhelm and stress comes from the thought process around how we are alongside those we are supporting. 

There is a reason on a flight that they ask you to put your oxygen mask on before others! Our wellbeing is equally as important as anyone else’s, even your own flesh and blood.

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If supporting others is getting to you, and you feel exhausted, please reflect on the thought-created reality you have around it all.

If you are suffering, this isn’t at the hands of the love and compassion you are giving, it's the added layers of thought and the stories you create around the support you are giving. 

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The continuous spiral of talking about mental illness and neglecting to discuss mental health that’s within us all! 

Finding herself in a mental hospital for a month aged 22, her worst fears of going crazy had come true! Sarie truly believed she was broken for many years, and now sees that this was in part due to massively over complicating what it meant be a human being. After a long period of exploring and training as a psychotherapist, still burning out every 18 months for another ten years, Sarie finally found the answer, and now shares the surprising simplicity of it all to help others get the same relief. 

Sarie has trained as a transactional analysis psychotherapist, as well as working and training in many other therapeutic disciplines, such as NLP, CBT, DBT and hypnotherapy. Sarie is also an author, celebrity coach and therapist, working with thousands of people a year, of all ages, all over the world. Her main aim is to help them really see the simplicity and beauty behind human nature, getting out of their heads and into their lives, being able to see that the inside out nature of life really is a gift. This removes limitations and stories they may hold about themselves, and as a result finding an ease and contentment in life they often never knew was possible. 
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