Neighborhood Admins are first responders. Constantly moderating difficult conversations and resolving problems for others. Being in the middle of everything all the time can take a toll.
The American Institute of Stress describes compassion fatigue as emotional strain caused by “exposure to working with those suffering from the consequences of traumatic events. It differs from burn-out, but can co-exist. Compassion Fatigue can occur due to exposure on one case or can be due to a “cumulative” level of trauma.”
In order for our communities to be resilient, Neighborhood Admins must be resilient. These are 9 tips to help mitigate the impacts of compassion fatigue.
1. Center yourself around the four core components of resiliency: balanced sleep, nutrition, physical activity and active relaxation.
2. Choose to avoid some news. Hide posts on your Newsfeed.
3. Go to bed earlier.
4. Take a break for 20 minutes. Go for a walk.
5. Drink more water to increase hydration.
6. Eat less junk food. Choose to cook nutritious foods that will sustain you.
7. Brush your teeth and take showers daily. Washing your hands and face will remove negativity.
8. Change your clothes and get dressed up.
9. See the glass half full and insist your Group members do the same.
Neighborhood Admins have a critical role in communities. Although they often act like superheroes, they are in fact humans. To learn more about how to mange your resiliency as a Neighborhood Admin, join Neighborhood Admins Resiliency Network.