Working in animal welfare can be both physically and emotionally draining. Whether you work or volunteer in a shelter/rescue or a related organization, the animals in our lives tend to come first. But in order to perform at our best and to avoid burn out or compassion fatigue, we must first take care of ourselves.
What are your favorite ways to re-charge when you find yourself spread too thin? What self-care practices keep you energized and motivated?
"Self-care is about finding ways to restore a balance between the negative and the positive by cultivating aspects of our lives that support us when the going gets (and stays) tough. It’s about making a commitment to caring for yourself as deeply and seriously as you care for the animals. Because if you don’t, if you allow yourself to become mentally and physically run down, mired in negativity, sadness, and anger, then you can’t do your job all that well." - Jessica Dolce, Self-Care is Not Optional: How Burnout Ended My Career at the Shelter