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Does this ring somewhat true for you? You're a giver. It’s natural and easy for you, until it’s not. Sometimes you wake up for your work day or shift and realize how exhausted you are. You just don’t have it in you to help others today. You muster it up, of course. You deal and plow through it, of course. You're a professional. You’re responsible and dutiful because there are people, clients, and patients who rely on you, not to mention your family.
Sometimes every little request for help from your clients or patients seems way too much. You feel shame well up. Maybe you’re wondering why you are doing this anymore because you’re just not feeling it today. And with that thought more shame or guilt rises to the surface. You’re feeling disconnected from the reason you went into health care. The words “passion” and “sense of purpose” seem far, far away. Isn’t compassion fatigue something that happens to someone else?
Today, something is dawning on you that change is afoot. You might be in transition or experiencing several transitions in your life. There might be another way, another path but you’re not sure about what it means for you both professionally and personally.
This realization brings you to a quiet, tender place inside. Realizing you’re in transition and fatigued is hard to admit to yourself. You know you’re capable, you can handle the suffering of others and at the same time you feel tired. Something is out of balance.
Whether you’re a counselor, nurse or other healthcare provider, you need someone who gets it. Sometimes it’s hard to take care of you like you take care of the others around you. Reaching out for counseling and coaching is asking for a helping hand.
Holistic counseling offers an opportunity to reconnect, rebuild and cultivate your mind body resiliency. Through skillful means that involve empathy, collaboration and a focus on you, my goal is to help you gently face why you’re compassion fatigued and what’s keeping you from your purpose. In working with a mind-body psychotherapist you can gently face over-giving patterns that no longer serve you and begin to heal and shift into being compassion-invigorated.
If this sounds like a balm to you, contact me with your questions. If you like, we can also discuss the practical steps of coordinating the time to take care of you like you take care of others. Ready to receive and handcraft your health? Call today.
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Lucrezia Mangione is in private practice. She is a board certified licensed professional counselor, board certified telemental health provider, neurofeedback trainer, counselor supervisor, educator, and nurse wellness education consultant. View her profile.