Compassion fatigue is a very real danger whether you are a personal or professional care-giver. I have been both…often at the same time and can vouch for the fact that deep self care is necessary if we are to maintain our ability to care effectively and compassionately.
It is all too easy in an effort to be of service and a source for positive change we can lose our inner connection and become fatigued, stressed and even resentful as more and more energy pours out and little returns.
Compassion fatigue can be prevented through good self care. One way to begin to make self care a priority is to make time in the day for rest, quiet and inner connection where there is a deep well spring of energy, love and compassion.
Foundation for Self Care
Conscious control of your breath can help no matter what other tools you are using for self-care and stress management. Awareness of your breath and consciously breathing in a slow rhythm coupled with an inner focal point is a great help in slowing unconscious reactivity, reducing stress, clearing space for new perspectives and options. It also contributes to ease in establishing new patterns and healthier ways of thinking and feeling.
Conscious Breathing has many benefits:
Helps put you in touch with your core, your “self,” your inner being
Strengthens your energy and center of personal power
Helps to slow you down and let go of tension
Aligns you with greater clarity and awareness
Opens up more positive choices that support and nurture you and your life.
Need help retraining your stress response?
Our CD or MP3 download Relaxation 101 has been a favorite of clients to prevent burn out, combat fatigue and stress, as well as to learn how to use proper breathing patterns and release muscle tension bringing more ease and peace to the mind and body as both are refreshed, recharged and revitalized.