Compassion Fatigue is the emotional residue of exposure to working with the suffering, particularly those suffering from the consequences of traumatic events. This self-test will help to give individuals an idea of their levels of compassion fatigue.
Use any of the following prompts to get your thoughts, emotions, and experiences on paper. Research has shown that regular writing helps to release the intensity of negative feelings and results in clearer minds.
- What’s good? What’s bad? What’s missing? What’s confusing?
- Freeform journaling: Write whatever crosses your mind for a specific amount of time, whether it is 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or more.
- What brought you joy? What made you sad? What made you mad? What disappointed you?
- Use the feeling wheel handout linked below to help you name your emotions when journaling.
- What can you do to remind yourself to engage in emotional wellness practice?
- Need a template?
- 8 steps to mindful eating by Harvard
- 6 Ways to Practice Mindful eating
- Grounding techniques: Take a deep breath and count to four. Exhale and count to four. Repeat as many times as necessary.
- Guided Meditation
- An Introduction to Mindful Living
- Good Night Gators sleep program
- Sleep Cycle App tracks your REM cycle and helps to wake you up when your body is at its optimal time.
- On Apple Music or Spotify, playing white noise or ambient noise can help make it easier to fall asleep.
- Try reading a book, or finding a task you enjoy doing that avoids blue light before bed instead of using your electronic device.
- Set time limits on digital applications to help decrease your screentime and blue light exposure.
- iPhone users: Use the health app to set a bedtime window so you are less tempted to go on the phone. You can find it in: health app then sleep card and set a schedule.