Then if you are a parent, you’ve no doubt had to deal with children’s needs in the form of meltdowns by young children or anger/depression by older ones. And if you are a fellow therapist, there’s always a need to watch for “burn out.”
I, along with other residents who were not directly affected by this tragic event, also resumed work and daily routines. However, it was impossible to ignore the humungous, incredible pile of destruction left on the sides of the roads. After a couple of days and weeks, both our energy and rainy day funds seem to be spent. We are physically tired from helping, emotionally drained from empathizing, and financially broke from giving so much.
Compassion fatigue is our body’s natural way to instinctively protect itself. It is okay to turn off the sights and sounds, turn away from the stressors, and breathe. Focus on one day at a time, one step at a time, and one person at a time, starting with taking care of ourselves first. Let’s practice self care, like what the helping professionals have to do in order to avoid burn out. It is not selfish, but rather natural, realistic, and quite progressive.
Houstonians posted some funny memes on social media as a way to cope. Enjoy these:
For more laughs, check out this amazing compilation of Harvey humor