Helpers typically put on a brave face - until they keel over.
VT awareness and recognition by helpers and by helping organisations, benefits everyone... Helpers, the people they help, the helping organisations they work for and their families and friends, by:
- Enabling helpers experiencing VT to recover more effectively
- Building greater resilience to VT (and also Burnout)
Neuroscience is educating us that self-care is not only important, but absolutely essential for helpers and for helping organisations to prioritise. But typically, self-care is last on a helper's 'to-do' list, who often just keeps going until they keel over.
The COVID-19 pandemic has especially impacted people in helping & support roles, due to increased risks, anxieties and work stresses. So, the need for VT awareness and robust self-care - both in and out of work - is more important now than ever.
You cannot pour from an empty cup!