Some things that hinder compassion are the very things we often feel, such as . . .
- Fear of failure;
- Fear of rejection;
- Fear of being misunderstood; or
- Fear of not having all the answers.
- Work fatigue;
- Caretaker fatigue; or
- Personal fatigue (e.g., not enough sleep).
- Too much work to do at work and at home;
- Not enough skill or experience to feel confident; or
- Not feeling appreciated.
- Not always the best at taking care of ourselves.
Some simple ways we can address the personal barriers to compassion are:
- Smile and you’ll be surprised how this relieves tension (for yourself and others);
- Use the power of positive self-talk or positive affirmation;
- Remind yourself of the importance of the work you do;
- Remind yourself you’re not perfect and you don’t have to have all the answers;
- Remind yourself this too shall pass.
- Debrief with friends, coworkers, family, counselor, pastor, etc.;
- Take care of your own emotional, spiritual and physical health.