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How to Manage Compassion Fatigue in Caregiving | Patricia Smith | TEDxSanJuanIsland

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Caregivers are often so busy caring for others that they tend to neglect their own emotional, physical, and spiritual health. Studies confirm that caregivers play host to a high level of compassion fatigue. In this insightful talk, Patricia Smith suggests the path to wellness begins with awareness, and recommends simple self-care measures such as regular exercise, healthy eating habits, enjoyable social activities, journaling, and restful sleep. With support, insightful information, and authentic self-care, caregivers can begin to understand the complexity of the emotions they've been juggling and, most likely, suppressing. As founder of the Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project© (www.compassionfatigue.org), Patricia Smith writes, speaks and facilities trainings nationwide in service of those who care for others. With a background in journalism, she has authored books and training materials including the award-winning To Weep for a Stranger: Compassion Fatigue in Caregiving. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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MissJJ Love (22 days ago)
BEAUTIFULL got tears in my eyes. This beautifull information touch my soul😘😘😘
BUSHIDO of FAITH (1 month ago)
👏 great talk I am living it. Micah 7:8 when we get up were stronger for it. Just don't stop
freecat beme (1 month ago)
I lived in Capitola and that county all my life. well 38 yrs. I moved up to PNW. I have been to Friday Harbor.  I am a caregiver. #1 is TAKE CARE OF SELF !  learned the hard way.I enjoyed your talk Thank You.
Lucy (2 months ago)
I moved in with my Mom who is 87 2 years ago. Its awful I love her but I dont want to live with her. She is fairly independent but we clash all the time. I am an RN and work on a Psychiatric unit. Its all too much. I dont have anyone I can talk honestly about this. I am praying praying
khawla (26 days ago)
Same situation over 10 yrs ifewllike I can’t go on anymore and I’m not losing my marbles when my kids need me. I’ve decided someone else needs to step in otherwise I have no choice but to apply to a care home for her. things won’t get better but worse with your mother aging . If you can’t cope you need to find alternatives for her. If she’s independent are there assisted living units where you are? That way you get some space she gets ppl checking on her you don’t need to worry . You can choose when you go over and step out when you have disagreements . Your relationship will improve
BUSHIDO of FAITH (1 month ago)
Stay strong Lucy I am living this now. Micah 7:8 every time you get up your stronger. Don't ever stop praying even through tears God bless you.
butterfly 238 (3 months ago)
This is an awesome video....I only wish it were longer...I will check out the website... I have been researching this stuff lately as I have really needed to for my own self care...Thank you Patricia Smith...God bless...
Linda Sage (3 months ago)
Very helpful! Thank you
Wisconsin Farmer (4 months ago)
Sweet sensitive message.
J W. (4 months ago)
Too much to cover in a short time... so many of the things she says are resonating with me but there isn't time to get into it !
Gloria Hester (5 months ago)
Or being the middle child .
Miss Observer (7 months ago)
I am not even a caregiver, just a post grad student who have compassion fatigue
Chioma Agbahiwe (8 months ago)
Self-care and balance are definitely important for the caregiver.
Kim M Watson (9 months ago)
Wonderful work Dr Smith! Many organizations give lip service to this though are not taking it seriously enough to ensure safeguards are in place and part of our workplaces. Thanks so much for this talk. I am a nurse, ED Trauma, and have worked for 41+ years as a nurse. I am also a Holistic Practitioner and energy worker in Ontario. We need to hear more of this here in Ontario.
Lux Meow (9 months ago)
This video made me realize that suicide is the answer.
Patricia Offer (1 month ago)
Lux Meow How are you? Call 211 for the suicide prevention number in your area.... or the number's online.
freecat beme (1 month ago)
why ?
Jennifer Sisson (10 months ago)
Excellent talk. Much needed today!!
Mike (10 months ago)
I'm not convinced about mindfulness... that can make already kind and considerate people, even MORE aware! I think too much awareness is bad.
corsican lulu (7 hours ago)
lover of the truth, sounds like she's narcissistic
Lover of the Truth (1 month ago)
I agree! I have been taking care of my elderly parents for over 3 years. My Dad died in May, and now my abusive 86 year old mother has turned into an unrecognizable monster. She's so nice to my sister, and so sweet when other people are here, but when they leave, she is so cruel and abusive to me that no one would ever believe it. She says terrible, cruel things to me all the time, and often lies to our family and friends about me, telling them I don't take care of her, or that I was mean to her when all I do is love her and take care of her. It seems to get worse every day. My heart is broken. I think I was better off when I almost believed her that everything was my fault. Now that she's so outrageously cruel, I can't kid myself anymore that it's just old age, or that she doesn't know what she is doing. She's aware enough to lie about it and hide it in front of other people, so she must know what she is doing to me. I don't get any support from my brothers or sisters. If I try to talk to them, they scold me! I don't know what to do. Some days I am ready to give up.
Milana Kuchalskyte (11 months ago)
I am looking for my grann 5 years and I am getting bitter. I asked for help after 5 years, but I became very sensitive and angry. I hope to learn more about caring but at the moment I am stuck
noreen gangwish (1 year ago)
Excellent , thank you.
FemBot (1 year ago)
Daycare providers are often forgotten by research. They suffer some of the worst symptoms.
best mail (1 year ago)
That is very inspiring, and it is very important for me knowing that I am not alone. I just do not think that accepting the world as abusive as it is and the entire situation as a norm, is too good. Perhaps today it is a norm, but have to change and we are the people to change it. It probably wont happen in our generation, but we have to start from something (and enable ourselves to rest in between the rescues : ).
this was so important for me to listen to
SriLakshmyai (1 year ago)
Wonderful presentation ~ thank you. Much needed at a crucial time in my life.
marsh84722 (1 year ago)
this video is giving me compassion fatigue
Michelle Stewart (1 year ago)
Phenomenal - one of the best TED Talks I've ever seen!
Meredith Nolan (1 year ago)
I needed to hear this so badly. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. - A burnt out animal rescuer
Vilbert Vallance (1 year ago)
the best the best talk i ever heard on compassion fatigue.. your story is also my story i wonder how much i have taken it forgathered never dealt as a care giver i need it i am going to show to Nurses in our hospital God bless
Bahja Darling (1 year ago)
This really helped me understand what I have been experiencing! THANK YOU
Agathine Scotland (1 year ago)
Yes I read that Joinson was the one who coined the term.
Kinsley Lewis (1 year ago)
Is anyone else really annoyed at that upside-down S in the background?
SriLakshmyai (1 year ago)
Yes! 🤝 Utterly Fatigued & Compassionately Yours, Leslie 🖖
laurenn (1 year ago)
Kinsley Lewis 😂
Jo Beckwith (1 year ago)
Marcia Burnette j
Marcia Burnette (1 year ago)
Kinsley Lewis Lol 🙂
Jennifer Nuss (1 year ago)
Actually, Joinson (a nurse), coined the term "compassion fatigue".
Kathy Fausett (1 year ago)
Caregivers walk a tightrope with empathy on the left and apathy on the right. Some of us must maintain that delicate balance for years at a time. Too far left leaves us sick and exhausted. Too far right leaves us completely ineffective and defensive. It is truly part of the art of caregiving.
Sidi El Alami (3 months ago)
Spot on, really spot on- well done and thank you.
SriLakshmyai (1 year ago)
How beautifully spoken!! Perfect and when I work with others, I will share this image. Brilliant. Thank you Kathy.
Kirubel Asefa (1 year ago)
that Wes rely helpful I like it

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