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Hi, my name is jenniferjamesnow. I’m new to The Mighty and look forward to sharing my story.
Are there any groups for Coaches/Trainers/business owners that are struggling with the emotional load of always giving to clients and/or recent business closure?
I am not sure what I am struggling with directly but I do know that I am not happy, feel totally lost and definitely have some compassion fatigue going on. This is my grief, or at least I question if it is.
I had a small business as a personal trainer and coach, we chose to close our brick and mortar space once COVID hit as the repercussions were feeling too great. So far, still unemployed. It's been really hard going from highly functioning to nothing.
In the past 3 years I have dealt with many clients with mental health issues. 2 of which I had emergency contact information in case they went through with their plans and I was prepared to call the police as well (as directed by child protective services). Many times I was the one that would talk them off the edge and bring them back. I have dealt with others that became too needy and demanding that it drained me. Many things because I am an empath and care deeply.
I am pretty sure that's where compassion fatigue comes in.
Anyways, I am just wondering if there are other people in similar roles struggling as well. There's truly nothing, that I can find, directed to help the coaches that are struggling, just education around how coaches can help their people.
I don’t think I was ever so vulnerable in my life then that day. But I knew I had to be. I knew opening old wounds was going take an immense amount of strength and courage. It took many days to get the point across. Many days of crying, anger, and even quietness.
But she choose me.
She choose to listen.
She choose to be patient.
She choose to give up time even when some days I would never get myself to say anything because the anxiety kept me from doing so.
She choose to care.
She choose me.
She’s like a second mother to me.
You know, it hurts me to yearn after some else to be that parental figure because your own mom couldn’t reach that spot. But when it comes you your own life on the line, you gotta do whatever it takes.
In the end, I never regretted walking into her classroom that day.