Self-care is essential when the demands of providing care to others leave you feeling chronically fatigued and anxious. Sometimes this work can also wear on the body, allowing symptoms like muscle soreness to hinder care providers from meeting critical needs. These, and many others, are a few symptoms of what is known as compassion fatigue. Compassion Fatigue is defined as “Physical and mental exhaustion and emotional withdrawal experienced by those who care for sick or traumatized people over an extended period of time.”
Caregiving is a powerful and beautiful thing, but it can often require self- sacrifice. It is true that caregiving can provide moments of extreme joy. However, it may also require walking alongside those who have experienced heartbreaking challenges. Many care providers find themselves in what feels like unexplored territory while serving the emotional and physical needs of others, which can ultimately lead to experiencing compassion fatigue.
GR Therapy Group is facilitating an eight-week study for any and all care providers currently experiencing compassion fatigue. This group will provide an opportunity for caregivers of all forms to learn from each other, while an experienced therapist provides psychoeducation strategies on self-care. Learning to develop skills, and even boundaries, are critical when developing a healthy, self-care plan. It is GR Therapy Group’s desire that this experience would help providers learn more about caring for themselves in seasons of fatigue.
For more information on our Self-Care Group, please call (616) 591-9000, or contact Joe Paul.