Empathic burnout can happen from extended exposure to the suffering of others. People in caring professions (nurses, social workers, therapists, etc.) constantly exposed to emotional pain and trauma often “take on” some form of emotional distress.

Empathic burnout can compound over time and create professional and personal issues for the person experiencing it. Problems can range from initial feelings of disconnectedness to complete relationship breakdowns. In extreme situations, the person may undergo significant life changes, including changing professions.

Symptoms of empathic burnout include feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, cynicism, and physical symptoms such as fatigue and insomnia.

Persons in these professions should have routine self-care practices to support their needs and prevent burnout. It is also important to understand that burnout is a common experience in spaces where employee wellbeing is not prioritized.

If you find yourself in a workplace that is both a helping profession and does not support your wellbeing, be sure you are practicing routine care of your mental, emotional, physical, and even spiritual health. If you begin to experience burnout, take steps to reset and recover. Find a colleague you trust who can act as an accountability partner and is willing to have a difficult conversation if they witness major changes in your demeanor, communication, and overall attitude.

Giving too much of yourself away can leave you feeling like a fraction of who you truly are.

Be well, friends. 💛


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