The capacity for empathy is an amazing trait we all share - and an incredibly important skill in any workplace. Practicing empathy means putting yourself in another person's shoes to better understand their situation, frustration, or needs; but we each have an exhaustible supply, and when you run out - it's easy to find yourself on the road to burnout, running on fumes. Learn what compassion fatigue is, how too much empathy can be a bad thing, and how practicing just a little self-care can keep your empathy tank full and keep you off the road to burn out.
Compassion fatigue can be an early warning sign for burnout, but what is it and where does it come from? Find out what compassion fatigue is and how amazing empathy is at work and in relationships - depending on when and how you choose to use it.
We each have an empathy quota - and we've all pushed the limits in an effort to help others. But exhausting your supply does more damage in the long-run than good in the short-term. Understanding your capacity for empathy is crucial to ensuring you're doing the most good in helping others - and yourself. Learn more about the limits of empathy and how it can backfire if overextended.
Running empty on empathy is a sure shortcut to burnout, but before you get there you may find yourself grinding the gears - with no care or concern for the work you're doing or for those you work with. If you ever feel your gears turning, with no real purpose - you could be suffering from compassion fatigue. Discover just how far an ounce of prevention can go to keep you up and running - and caring.
It's easy to overextend empathy and show compassion when working with others - so easy, in fact, we forget to take care of ourselves in the process. Take care of yourself with these resources - focused on helping you recover from empathy exhaustion and compassion fatigue, and selected to help you find the off-ramp if you find yourself on the road to burnout.