"We may not have been directly exposed to the trauma, but we hear the story told with such intensity, or we hear similar stories so often, or we have the gift and curse of extreme empathy and we suffer. We feel the feelings of our clients. We experience their fears. We dream their dreams. Eventually, we lose a certain spark of optimism, humor and hope. We tire. We aren’t sick, but we aren’t ourselves.” – C. Figley, 1995
Be mindful. Take a deep breath.
Take good care of yourself
Let's begin this module by taking a “mindful moment” to ground our intentions.
Why are we exploring compassion fatigue and resilience?
Statistically, many people doing this training have gone through some sort of trauma. As you are going through this training please be mindful of your responses. Let's start by taking a deep breath.
Here are some ideas for self-care you can use:
Download a mandala for coloring using colored pencils and crayons. Coloring or doodling can help with focus and reduce stress.
It is OK to stop anytime you want, take a break, stretch, walk around.