Linda's empathy and understanding of struggle both professional and personal has fuelled her passion for learning from others and in turn empowering others. There are many bullies, negative wizards and hob nail boots to trample on our aspirations, but learning that we have to power to shrug off their influence and have the life we choose, is personal freedom. Confident effective communication is a cornerstone to improving self-
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Compassion Fatigue is a little known illness, but affects millions of lives everyday.
If you are a caregiver in a professional, voluntary, home care or support worker environment you are at risk.
- Have problems sleeping (wake up and feel tired before you get out of bed?)
- Feel overwhelmed
- Feel undervalued
- Get more emotional, more easily than before (tears and/or anger)
- Cut yourself off socially (even from people you like)
- Lose interest in yourself
- Feel like you are running on empty
You are not alone, and it is not your imagination. Carers are tough and loyal, battling on when others give up, but caring for others without caring for yourself is going to cause you many problems.
Compassion Fatigue is often misdiagnosed as stress, anxiety or depression, it is all of these; plus It is self-
Learning to value yourself and your dreams as much as you value those of others, no guilt, no excuses and saying no are essential for your well being and for good patient care.