Effective, resilient caregivers don’t run away from the hard parts of life. Embracing adversity can shape us into the people we were meant to be. Painful experiences leave us with emotional burdens which must be felt, decompressed and resolved. Denying our hard times, or splitting off and disconnecting from them, can lead to unhealthy lives and relationships full of anger, sadness, guilt and resentment. Learning to read the signs of a buildup of emotional stress can help relieve compassion fatigue and avoid burnout.

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