Molly Sumridge came on the show today to discuss how compassion fatigue is affecting thousands of pet professionals who give their heart and soul into their profession and forget to take care of themselves. She explains how it’s different than burn out and how it may be happening without you even knowing.
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“Compassion Fatigue is a state experienced by those helping people or animals in distress; it is an extreme state of tension and preoccupation with the suffering of those being helped to the degree that it can create a secondary traumatic stress for the helper.” Dr. Charles Figley
Tips for preventing compassion fatigue:
- Mindfulness training
- Resilience training
- Positive thinking
What to do if you’re struggling right now:
- Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255
Be proactive and help yourself online:
- Molly Sumridge
- Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project
- Jessica Dolce
- Book: To Save a Starfish Workbook
- Reach out on Facebook groups like Molly’s “Humanity in Being Pet Professionals”
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