Empathy burnout is something that can occur when you exhaust yourself while catering to others’ emotions, energies, and wellbeing. Another term for it is compassion fatigue. It is important to set boundaries for yourself and for others because a lack of boundaries can lead to burnout.
Here are some examples of what empathy burnout can look like:
- Feeling disconnected to others
- Feeling exhausted
- Lack of emotion
- Intrusive thoughts
- Being triggered more often
- Feeling overly emotional
- Feeling numb
If you are feeling any of these things and you have noticed that you have been taking care of others more often lately, it is important to make time to take care of yourself.