Chronic stress and vicarious trauma are very common for professionals working in nonprofit community based organizations, particularly for those working in social services capacities.
In this 2 Tips, we are emphasizing what you and your team can do while in the midst of a workday. This is an alternative to ideas around selfcare being “after the work day care” when we often have very little energy to implement the science-based practices that are at our fingertips.
We previously provided resources on the topic of chronic stress and vicarious trauma: Vicarious Trauma and Chronic Stress in Community Programming But, this 2 Tips is different for its focus on the workday. Below, we also provide two lists that offer tools and ideas for curbing chronic stress and vicarious trauma at the workplace; while not all of the tools and ideas are things that we promote, many of them we do. Choose for yourself.
And, importantly, we wish you a great end of 2019 and a wonderful transition into 2020.
Use tools and resources for structural and individual adjustments to your workday habits in order to better process and release stressful experienced that arise daily.
Contribute to the whole of your team by catching yourself use, and lessen your use of, equating suffering with being a hard worker and/or equating suffering to adding value to your workplace.