It's not easy to put yourself first. There are so many pets in need. So many owners desperate for help. The weight of the world is on your shoulders. Lives are on the line.
When you're exhausted and not at your best, you're disappointed in yourself. But it's not your fault. Your time, your skills and your excellence is not infinite. Those feelings and their consequences may also be greater than you can imagine.
There is an occupational hazard you may not be aware of called Compassion Fatigue. It's symptoms, left untreated, have taken the careers and lives of many talented professionals. This site is here to educate you on Compassion Fatigue, as well as Burnout and other commonly occurring struggles from the pet professional field.
Beyond awareness comes action. We cannot protect ourselves with knowledge alone. Without developing a self care plan and implementing it, you're at great risk of suffering from the symptoms of Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, and even PTSD as well as other mental and physical health problems.
Taking action isn't as hard as it sounds. I am available for professional mentoring sessions to evaluate your risk of CF and Burnout as well as ways to recover, prevent and in general have a happier, healthier career. A career you can enjoy for years to come instead of dreading waking up the next morning.
Mentoring covers all the following topics:
- Evaluations to measure present stress, vulnerability to stress, resilience, coping strategies and quality of life.
- Identifying strategies to recover from and stave off the harmful effects of your field
- Creating a plan for lifestyle and professional changes that you can apply immediately
- Check ins and support for the bumps along the way
Professional Mentoring from someone who has been where you are now and understands the struggles of the pet professional field. Someone who is taking the steps with you, and isn't perfect either. You're not alone. We can do this together. Start Today.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.