When you think of physical recovery after an intense workout or running a race – what comes to mind? Possibly:
Intense physical exercise, focused on the same muscle groups, day after day, is counterproductive, as it doesn’t allow for the repair cycle, and instead causes repetitive small injuries. While the small injury that occurs after one intense workout is beneficial with rest, as the muscle is allowed to repair itself and becomes stronger.
When you think of emotional recovery after an intense session or a multiple hour session due to a safety planning intervention for suicide – what comes to mind and are we as diligent at applying these recovery methods?
The research studies I’ve reviewed about emotional burnout are still unclear about exact causes and conditions, yet they have been able to define the symptoms burning as exhaustion, alienation from activities, and reduced performance.
Prioritizing our emotional recovery with the same awareness we allow ourselves to recover from physical exertion, I believe, could support healers in growing and becoming stronger from the intensity we experience in supporting others.
What steps can you take to support yourself in emotional recovery?