When we feel that we’ve lost the capacity to care—when we cannot find any compassion left towards people or causes we’ve dedicating our energies to supporting—we are suffering from compassion fatigue. This can affect any of us at any time, and it often hits those of us whose vocations are in service to others the hardest. Whether we are friends or family members, caretakers or teachers, in emergency response or healthcare, it can feel alarming and disorienting to suddenly lose a facet of ourselves that we’ve always relied on, especially one that helped define us as a “good person.” The good news is that like any other type of energy, our compassion is an internal resource that can be cultivated and renewed: refocusing on our own self-compassion first can help us rejuvenate lovingkindness towards others.
Those in the helping professions are constantly at risk of compassion fatigue, yet many have little guidance on how to deal with it effectively. A fresh workbook approach for compassion fatigue, burnout and stress, providing all the tools you need to leave work at work—and let it go.
Compassion fatigue is the emotional drain experienced by caregivers of both people and animals. In this invaluable workbook, counselor and animal-welfare expert Jennifer A. Blough focuses on people who work with animals, and who often don’t get the help they need.
This beloved bestseller—over 180,000 copies sold—has helped caregivers worldwide keep themselves emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, and physically healthy in the face of the sometimes overwhelming traumas they confront every day.