Compassion Fatigue, or feeling tired from caring too much, is the result of caring for others without practicing good self-care.
The symptoms include feeling isolated from others, excessive blaming, bottled up emotions, substance abuse, apathy and a host of other signs that something is wrong.
This silent epidemic is draining our healthcare system of the very people it needs to offer compassionate care. As someone wise once told us, if you have your front door (heart) open, it's important to learn ways to open the back door...or all the grief gets stuck in the middle.
Here are a few resources to help soothe compassion fatigue – for you, for your friends, for your organization:
Helpful Handbook - Drawing from their experience as hospice volunteers, Sandi Kimmel and Patrick Murphy, created HEART WIDE OPEN, the little handbook you can... more
Relaxing DVD - Say goodnight to insomnia brought on by stress and anxiety. Let Mother Nature rock you to sleep with this soothing combination of harp music and nature photography. "Better than sleeping pills... more
Positive Uplifting Music - Songs to carry you through the most difficult times. This is music you hear with your heart that soothes, inspires and energizes... more
Inspiring Programs & Workshops - Designed for caregiver & volunteer organizations... Audiences accross the country have been inspired by Sandi Kimmel's uplifting programs and healing music. (See Feedback) Her workshops use music... more
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