This 100 page ebook “Caregivers Guide to Wellness” by Marie J Smyth is designed to help caregivers and others in the Service Industry cope and overcome compassion fatigue (a serious problem which could cause eventual burnout leading to depression). This compassion fatigue book could be the answer to all your problems!
Compassion Fatigue Book Contents
There are 10 chapters in total:
Chapter 1 – The Story of Care
Chapter 2 – Happy Caregivers
Chapter 3 – Respected Caregivers
Chapter 4 – Time for Caregivers
Chapter 5 – Space for Caregivers
Chapter 6 – The Outer World of the Caregiver
Chapter 7 – The Inner World of the Caregiver
Chapter 8 – Achievements of the Caregiver
Chapter 9 – Personality of the Caregiver
Chapter 10 – Caregiver’s Toolbox
Each chapter contains information about how to deal with compassion fatigue and other related stresses such as feeling tired, isolated, trapped, overwhelmed, burnt-out, emotional, worried, depressed, unmotivated or suicidal.
On page 15 (page 7 of the book), there is a quick action box – designed to help caregivers who need immediate answers.
This will help caregivers save time by only looking at the section that appeals to them.
This also helps in emergency situations, to find specific and timely advice.
Excerpt from page 26: “Some caregivers may feel trapped, which in turn can lead to feelings of depression. There are 3 primary reasons for feeling trapped:
- Someone else volunteered them as a caregiver.
- They act out of duty as there are emotional ties to the one needing care.
- The person who needs care is in a position of control – control of the caregivers basic needs, finances, and environment, etc.
Female caregivers who have not been fortunate enough to acquire a good education, or legal status, are in the most danger of being trapped. In the long run, such entrapped caregiving is poisonous to the caregiver as it breeds resentment, anger and guilt.
In turn, the care recipient may resent the caregiver for supporting them out of duty rather than love. They may not show them enough respect because of their limited education and problem solving skills…”
Compassion Fatigue Book Quizzes
At the end of each chapter there are quizzes designed to help caregivers and others in the service industries pinpoint the exact areas they should work on. Below is an example:
Compassion Fatigue Book Multimedia for Relaxation
Caregivers and others often find that coloring in or journaling their daily thoughts are great ways to relieve the stress they are under.
At the end of each chapter there is space for writing down resources, quotes, mantras and identifying personal problems. The book also contains beautiful mandalas to color in, like the one below:
How will you color in your mandalas?
The authors favorite part of the compassion fatigue book is the problem-solving section in chapter 10. This is where she pours her ten+ years of experience as caregiver and it is what makes the book so authentic and remarkable.
She breaks down each problem into bite-sized chunks and helps you find out how to reach a workable solution!
Excerpt from page 81: “Better Problem-Solving Equals Better Care
When it comes to problem solving there are a few blocks to problem solving that you should be aware of:
- Don’t procrastinate
- Seek to overcome your fears as they can block your ability to think clearly
- Don’t be tied to a problem; try to look at it with detachment
- Control your inclination for reactive solutions
- Control your inclination for rash solutions
- Avoid emotional responses and always attempt to be rational.
Step 1: Follow a workable procedure for finding solutions: Do not skip any step when doing this.
- Find out the root/source of the problem.
WHO contributed to the problem and WHO was affected?
WHAT happened to create the problem?
WHEN did the problem begin?
Problems come in many shapes and sizes. Here are a few examples below:
- Something gone wrong
- Unpredictable relationships
- Poor management
- Poor quality
- Lack of expertise
- Lack of resources
- Cause and effect