Burn OUt – Term Paper Example

Running head: burn out “Suffering and dealing with Burn Out” of the college of the Inspired by our motto and driven by passion, I completely surrendered myself to providing selfless service as a human service worker for several years that eventually brought me to a burn out situation, and caused severe headache very often. This burn out was framed as ‘compassion fatigue’ by my old Pastor. At that time, I had complaints with almost everything and everybody in life. I lost the trust I had for my colleagues and felt that they were self centered and career oriented, which ruined my relations with them. Discussing the situation with my director did not help.
Based on some advice and feedback given by one of my colleagues, I realized that the fault lied within me. Passion to nurture one emotion, of human service, suppressed my all other emotions for a very long time. This passion caused vicarious traumatization because of the emotional empathy with my clients (Guy et al, 2009). This lowered my motivation and increased burnout, which made me emotionally weak and left out. As my colleagues were emotionally healthy and gave equal importance to their emotions, they were not only able to help the clients, but were also able to concentrate on their career.
Recalling what Lord taught us, ‘And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ” (Holy Bible, Colossians 3:23) gave me peace. The main lessons learnt with this experience were in the aspect of building internal strength. I realized that my job was to care for others whole-heartedly. This made me emotionally stronger, which helped me to be a perfect human service worker. I had no complaints with any of my colleagues and continued to take the help of Lord to serve better.
References
Holy Bible. (2004). King James Version
Guy et al. (2009). Emotional Labor in the Human Service Organization. In Hasenfeld, Y’s
Human service as complex organizations. 2nd Edition. London: Sage Publication.
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