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Does anyone have practical, cost effective strategies for how to manage and help heal from burnout and compassion fatigue?
My heart goes out to you, CaffeinePOQ4HPRN. I had similar symptoms back in '98 after a stabbing by a client diagnosed with schizophrenia. I also had, around the same time, been a first responder at a fatal MVA, had been diagnosed with a cancerous colon polyp, and had a $50,000 civil suit against me.
I returned to work about a week after the stabbing, attended the morning meeting, went to my desk and broke down crying. The facility paid for 3 visits with a therapist which helped a little. Perhaps your place of employment has an EAP with therapy services?
What really helped me, and was cost-efficient was a program of working with an art therapist and a healthy lifestyle.
The therapist and I worked out a deal where I had to pay only $30 a session for which I attended every two weeks for six months. I was given exercises in expressing my thoughts and feelings through art and then went over these exercises in the sessions.
I exercised at a gym regularly. My workout sessions were from 40 minutes to 3 hours. The more emotional I was, the longer the workouts. While doing aerobic exercise, I made the physical discomfort match my emotional pain.
I worked a 12 step program through EA, Emotions Anonymous. The meetings, of course, are free and the program offers great guidelines on how to realistically deal with your emotions.
If there's anything I can do to assist you CaffeinePOQ4HPRN, do not hesitate to contact me.
The very,very best to you.