This is for all those who are in what is called "relief workers." While I'm sure I'll leave someone out, and my apologies for the time being, it includes art teachers, doctors, nurses, mentors, therapists, psychologists, radio stations and emergency workers.
This category simply involves a profession where caring for others is part of a job.
Whiloe all jobs can sometimes be stressful; there is a particular kind of stress that affects those who help the relief work. Simply put, it's an emotional cost of caring. There is a certain fatigue that we can fight from time to time.
The feeling I was talking about was once called a burnout. In recent years, Charles Figley, director of research and development program psychosocial stress at Florida State University, has thought of the term "sympathy".
This concept seems to capture better what people in relief work can sometimes experience.
According to Figley, "Sympathetic stress is an inconvenience and concern for customers or clients who are suffering from
suffering or misfortune." And "compassionate," form of fame, is the inability to function effectively as a result of being overwhelmed with sympathetic tension. "
Or as one colleague rightly put it," I'm tired, I just do not feel sorry now. "
Signs and symptoms of fatigue
o Worrying about work. You can just do not stop thinking or talking about it.
o sleep disturbances.
o overcome or avoid work.
o feeling of futility about your work. "It does not matter."
o anxiety and depression
o Feeling tired of what you do.
What You Can Do About It
Here's a list, from Figley and I, about what to do do this special type of stress.
o Be gentle to yourself and take care of yourself.
o Remember and talk about your performance. This can help to provide the right perspective.
o Review your expectations and performance signs.
o Contact you always why you chose this profession first. Remember the passion and commitment it took to get where you are now.
o Set the correct restrictions to separate home and work problems.
o Practice regularly.
o Consider the possibility of getting out. As someone once said, "If it's hurting you, it may not help others." If you can not overcome injury, you may have time to continue.
o Spend time by supporting people.
o As much as possible, vary and increase what you do.
I assume the line is that when you take care of others, it's important to remember to take care of yourself.
And I will close this story: One walks one day on the beach and notice that thousands of sailors are washed in the country. With great likelihood he begins to throw them back in.
Alien goes up and says, "Why are you doing this? You'll never get all this back in the water, you spend your time."
The man takes up another starfish, throws it back into the water and answers: "It matters to this one."