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I think that I created this episode because I found myself exhausted from caring for others. I've experienced this before, when I got to care for my mother as she was dying from cancer - but during these unprecedented and challenging times, I find myself exhausted by caring for others.
But I wanted to give you some strategies to make sure you can still love and support others right now.
Remember- if you are depleted or exhausted then you can't keep showing up for others.
Part 4 in a 6-part series.
In this episode you will learn:
When we care for others it can make us tired.
That’s ok! It just means we are human and love too much.
In addition to maybe making us fatigued (emotionally, physically, and mentally), it can also cause issues with our sleep, make us more quick to anger, and make us more easily irritated.
Thanks a lot "EMPATHY." Thanks a lot "LOVE." <kidding, of course - because without these then you are either a sociopath or a psychopath...I can't remember which one>
Here are some steps to get you started on making sure you still have something left to give to others....I go into much more detail in the podcast.
It's part of being human. Never view your desire to care for other, to be compassionate - even to the point of exhaustion - as a weakness. It is a strength that I hope you never lose faith in.
Kristen Neff, 2015, Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself
Kristen Neff and Christopher Germer, 2019, Teaching the Mindful Self Compassion Program
You can dive deep into some the benefits in Dr. Neff's books above, but here is a helpful summary.
I wish you a healthy, happy, and mostly sane week!
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