Compassion fatigue and compassion accountability explained

Updated: Apr 14

Compassion fatigue is becoming more and more of an issue for many. In turbulent times, especially when we are experiencing an unprecedented amount of global uncertainty, coupled with a global rhetoric of working from home, whilst juggling childcare/household duties, unexpected financial strain, and societal encouragement and expectation to provide emotional support to others wherever possible, there is no surprise that showing compassion to yourself and others is becoming more and more of a struggle. If you are reading this and this is resonating with you, please know that you are not alone. Below are some signs of compassion fatigue:


  1. Finding it difficult to empathise

  2. Feeling irritable and tense

  3. Mental, physical and emotional exhaustion

  4. Feeling burnt out

  5. Withdrawing

  6. Feeling detached

  7. Poor sleep

  8. A lowered tolerance to stress

  9. Feeling unproductive and ineffective with work


So, now we have identified compassion fatigue, what is compassion accountability and how can an awareness help protect you against compassion fatigue?


Compassion accountability is a form of emotional training which encourages boundary setting. This is particularly important for empaths and those with empathic natures. The best way to explain it, is that its the sweet spot between treating yourself with kindness and compassion and being able to hold yourself accountable. Those who are predisposed to experiencing seasons of low self-esteem find this form of emotional training difficult. This is because holding accountability for situations, emotions and/or thought patterns can quickly spiral into your inner critical voice becoming louder and ultimately may even lead to it becoming uncontrollable. This is why I led with treating yourself with kindness and compassion first and foremost. To make myself clear, I have a diagram that explains the importance of compassion accountability:





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