Compassion fatigue in early childhood educators

  • Nathalie

    January 3, 2023 at 7:25 am

    I like to talk to my friends and co workers because the tend to understand and can help me. Having time to myself away from the stress is also helpful, doing things I enjoy doing can help relieve some of that stress.

    • Jamie

      January 3, 2023 at 4:31 pm

      Be very careful about divulging confidential information to anyone that is not directly involved with the child. Talking can definitely help, but caution with details is advised.

  • Tim

    January 3, 2023 at 7:08 pm

    Take a break, if possible; find opportunities to process share with others (friend, partner, counselor, etc.); process through journaling; spend time in nature; ask for support from co-workers to help with challenging situations; pray

  • eric

    January 3, 2023 at 8:04 pm

    I have a wonderful support system in my family friends and coworkers . we take care of each other

  • Caitlyn

    January 3, 2023 at 9:28 pm

    I experience compassion fatigue when a classroom is understaffed especially when it is understaffed compared to the number of students on special behavior plans. I think most of the time, when a classroom is resourced in the right way and there can be teacher checkins and teachers can step away from a challenging emotional situation when they are feeling overwhelmed there is a good balance. Another factor could be if there are other areas of life where a teacher is overextended in terms of compassion.

  • Alexis

    January 5, 2023 at 4:33 pm

    Communication is key Make sure to have good relationships and open communication with your coworkers and director. They will support you if you become overwhelmed. Also sit for a few minutes and try to clear your mind and calm down. Practice mindfulness and make sure that you aren’t allowing stress to interfere with interactions with children. They can detect your stress it will rub off on them. Ask for advice from your coworkers because it is very likely that they have experienced similar situations.

  • Olivia

    January 5, 2023 at 11:46 pm

    I always make sure I have someone to talk to, either my family, my partner, close friends or even a coworker. Sometime you just need a break, either 10 minutes to step away and breathe and have some water, or by taking a vacation and recharging. Sometimes you just need a day off.

  • Liana

    January 10, 2023 at 2:49 am

    Being able to talk to someone about how you’re feeling is very important.

  • R.

    January 10, 2023 at 5:16 am

    Working in child care the Provider must make his well being top priority, so I like to meditate twice a week with calming music in the background and recharge my beliefs that positive inspiration to a child is priceless and life long gift to that child.

  • Scion

    January 13, 2023 at 5:09 am

    In all honesty, I haven’t figured out what to do that works for me quite yet. I don’t believe I’ve experienced enough stress at work for it to be able to count as ‘compassion fatigue.’ If I have and just haven’t identified it as such, I think talking your feelings and thoughts out with a coworker or your Director can be very helpful. They can help provide you the space/leeway to recharge at least a little while at work, and then it’s up to you to finish taking care of yourself when you get home.

  • Ashley

    January 14, 2023 at 8:40 pm

    When experiencing “compassion fatigue” I may ask a fellow coworker for their opinion or help on the situation or just take a moment to breathe and think through everything myself.

  • Robyn

    January 17, 2023 at 1:06 am

    Talk with friends/family/ counselor about what I am feeling. Ask for support and find other outlets for my feelings.

  • Sophia

    January 17, 2023 at 8:20 pm

    When I feel this way, I talk to friends and try to spend time understanding my own emotions. I try to get rest and examine how I can be healthier and more intentional in my healing and self care.

  • Sarah

    January 18, 2023 at 6:41 pm

    I vent to family who also work in childcare. I get the release I need and constructive feedback all in one

    • Jamie

      January 24, 2023 at 3:47 pm

      Venting is a good way to cope, but remember confidentiality issues and personal boundaries.

  • Alexis

    January 23, 2023 at 11:53 pm

    Try to take a minute to identify why I’m feeling like his why and what I’m feeling am I hungry etc breathe and remind myself of something I’m working for

  • Kaitlyn

    January 24, 2023 at 4:27 pm

    Communication is key. It is very important to have that open communication with your peers and that they are aware if you begin feeling off.

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