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Compassion Fatigue & Burnout: Self-Care for Teachers

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Transcript of Compassion Fatigue & Burnout: Self-Care for Teachers

Acceptance Oriented Approach
"Increasing resliency when you have no control"

Meditation and physical relaxation to calm yourself
More exercise and sleep

Mindfulness
Drink water & eat healthy
Regular doctor/dentist appointments
Identify and call on your social supports
Ask for help when you need it
Compassion Fatigue & Burn-out:
Self Care for Teachers

What am I feeling?
"
Compassion Fatigue
is caused by empathy. It is the natural consequence of stress resulting from caring for and helping traumatized or suffering people." This can happen at any time, after just one experience. www.chausa.org

"
Burnout
is a state of chronic stress that leads to physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism and detachment, feelings of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment" This happens over time. www.psychologytoday.org
Signs & Symptoms
Low physical energy

Frequent headaches, stomachaches
Emotional Exhaustion
Alienation from job activities, isolation (absenteeism, calling in sick, etc.)
Lack of Creativity
Inability to concentrate
Irritability, constant negativity
Change in appetite, Weight gain/loss
Powerlessness
Preoccupation with a certain trauma
Hyper-vigilance
Anxiety

Sleep problems
Reduced performance
OVERWORKING
Action Oriented Approach

Changing tasks and tangible objects

Improving time management
Prioritizing duties
Creating boundaries around multitasking and email
Assertiveness, saying "No" & personal boundaries
Improve your workspace (de-clutter, re-decorate, noise control)
Intentional transition Time (from work to home)
Emotion Oriented Approach

"When your emotional state affects your perception "

Cognitive restructuring
Changing the way you perceive stressful experiences
Psychotherapy
Positive Affirmations, Mindfulness & Imagery
Awareness around perfectionism, fear of failure and fear of success
What is the root of your stress?
CREATE BALANCE!

Workplace Stress
Navigating Systems
: Finding ways to positively effect change in a various systems (classrooms, departments, federal laws, family systems) that have differing cultures and climates

Challenging student situations
: Students are bringing much more complex situations to school than most are trained to handle

Personalities of co-workers
: Handling conflict professionally

Home & Personal Life
: Family and social responsibilities, physical and mental health concerns
Create Your Plan:


Identify at least one symptom you are experiencing
Plan one step that you will take to address it
Share your plan with one person who will hold you accountable
www.mindtools.com
has this ever happened to you?
Please REMEMBER:
Compassion Fatigue vs. Burnout
Compassion Fatigue & Burnout are not the same thing

CF and Burnout will not go away if you "just give them time"

Experienced teachers/staff do not experience CF or Burnout. FALSE

Experiencing these symptoms does not make you the “Weakest Link” on the team!

Both are common in education and helping fields

Achieving balance requires preventative, maintenance, and emergency self-care
"Students need their teachers to stay engaged and fight for them. When the conditions of teaching are bad, the conditions of learning tend to be worse, and children suffer in lasting ways. That's why the collateral damage of burned-out teachers is burned-up children.”

--Maurice Elias, www.edutopia.org
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