Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the sad and painful things happening around us? When I feel that way, I remember this Mr. Rogers quote…
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me,
“Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
..and thinking about the helpers makes me feel better, for a minute
But what if you are the helper?
What do you do next?
If you are “the helper,” you probably don’t think of yourself that way.
But if you are a therapist, a healer, a social worker,
a doctor, a dentist, a nurse,
an attorney, or a first responder
If part of your job is to help people overcome barriers,
to move from surviving to thriving, then
You are a Helper
A compassionate professional
As a compassionate professional, your clients matter to you. You see their strengths
and recognize their worthiness. You know that your life is richer because your work
matters. But sometimes it’s overwhelming. Maybe you wonder if you care too
much. You wonder if what you’re doing even makes a difference.
Second-hand stress can keep you from staying centered, balancing work and home,
and finding joy in your life.
How is secondary stress affecting you? Answer these questions to find out >>>>>>>>>
– Wake up at 2 am worrying about your clients? Have a hard time getting back to sleep?
– Take work home at night or on week-ends? Find yourself thinking about work when you don’t want to?
– Feel more pessimistic than you used to? Feel like you’re just waiting for the next bad thing to happen?
– Have trouble concentrating or focusing? Feel more on edge or irritable than you used to?
– Feel like something’s wrong, even though you have a good life and don’t think you should complain?
– Have complicated feelings about self-care? Maybe it’s too consumer-driven, just a bunch of products. Maybe you don’t have time for all that anyhow. Maybe all the self-care in the world won’t be enough for the stress on your job…
“Fausta is a great listener with a calm and soothing demeanor. She will always give you the space you need to do your inner work while gently guiding you and providing support along the way.
“ Fausta’s approach always causes introspection and builds a framework for a mindful and thoughtful approach to the most difficult issues I’ve encountered in life.“