Helpline: Caregiving Strategies - Compassion Fatigue Support
Dealing With Compassion Fatigue
Caregiving is a huge responsibility that comes with many challenges and the risk of compassion fatigue - the side effects of providing care for a loved one. Physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion can take a toll on your overall health and behavior, which can affect your trait to empathize. Physical and emotional exhaustion develops over time. The result is significant stress after continuously supporting your care recipient.
If you think that you are on the verge of compassion fatigue, you must ask for help. Get in touch with your family members and friends and join support groups. ExtendaTouch is a popular online support group where family caregivers meet and exchange information and support. Getting support from our fellow caregivers at the right time can help prevent compassion fatigue.
Managing Compassion Fatigue
Recognizing and managing compassion fatigue is crucial for your health and for providing quality care to your loved one. If not done timely, it can leave severe, adverse effects on your physical and mental well-being. There are many family caregivers out there who failed to spot the symptoms of compassion fatigue on time and ended up with alcohol or drugs.
Not managing compassion fatigue can also affect your caregiving quality. You would feel cold, less engaged, and less caring because you have been traumatized by your loved one’s sufferings. There are many self-care strategies available for dealing with compassion fatigue.
Many ExtendaTouch members have experience using specific, practical strategies to deal with compassion fatigue. You can ask our members who relate and ask them to share their experiences. They can provide you with good ideas and information and recommend helpful resources to cope with the condition. It is also the best platform to get emotional and mental support.