Here is the truth, I was taken down fast and hard by the symptoms of compassion fatigue (burnout) as a practicing psychotherapist. Forced to stop everything. That meant: stop seeing clients; stop attending births; stop being creative; stop building a business; stop being of service; stop writing; and stop generating an income to care for my family.
Not only was I physically sick due to a compromised immune system, I was forced to look at the remaining unresolved trauma from my past that was contributing to the crash.
I was officially SOUL sick (for the second time around).
I knew that the terms: compassion fatigue and burnout, did not do justice to what I was experiencing. As a trauma-informed Psychotherapist and previously, a practicing Doula and Traditional Birth Attendant, I had held a lot and witnessed a lot.
Like you, I thought I was invincible to what I was witnessing, hearing, and holding.
I believed that if I was serving and living my passion that I would have unlimited energetic resources and thus, could handle anything and everything - Can you relate?
Well, I was wrong.
A traumatic injury, when left unresolved, depletes you (to be frank, it guts you).
I learned that as a helping professional I am not magically protected from 'catching' a traumatic stress injury - nor are you.
Worse off, because I had already healed from PTSD, I had a vulnerable nervous system. Like with any injury, if you jump back in too fast, too soon, you are at risk of re-injuring.
This is exactly what happened to me: I dove in too fast and too soon, without nourishing my energy reserves.
And the result?
A collapse of the nervous system, immune system, mental system, heart system, and SOUL system.
Burnout is NOT what is really going on underneath the surface; Burnout is a nice word that lessens the blow of how debilitating traumatic stress injury can be.
Look, I really don't want you to be gutted emotionally, energetically, financially, relationally, and soulfully. So why wait until the symptoms are bad enough for you to 'relate' to what I went through?
Start now, by learning how to prevent a traumatic stress injury from setting in!
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Simply stated, traumatic stress injury is a result of holding and witnessing 'crimes-against-wisdom' A.K.A moral injury.
Moral injury is inflicted when you witness or hear about procedures, behaviours, or crimes that cause harm and go against your moral code - your heart code.
You felt powerless to do anything about the circumstance. You couldn't stop what was unfolding or you felt helpless to take away the pain in another.
In other words: What was witnessed or listened to caused too much stress within your system (heart, mind, and body).
Depletion in energy and focus; exhaustion; flat
Dissatisfaction in vocation; energetically distant from client; lacking empathy
Denial that you are being affected; dark intrusive thoughts; cynicism
Disheartened; loss of hope or belief that people can change
Disbelief that good exist in the world
Disoriented; flooded with personal memories; overwhelmed by emotional material
Disbelief in your role and purpose; lack of confidence; guilt and/or shameful feelings