Have you ever felt overwhelmed and emotionally drained from trying to carry the pain or suffering of another person? If so, you were likely experiencing compassion fatigue. But what is compassion fatigue?
While you might not have heard this phrase before, at some point in your life, you have probably felt it on some level.
What Is Compassion Fatigue?
Compassion fatigue can be described as the cost of caring for others in emotional pain. It happens when you try to take on someone else’s suffering as your own or provide support that extends beyond simple empathy and can eventually take a exhausting toll on you.
But fear not! There are ways you can still be a caring person without always running yourself into the ground.