Educators serving at-risk populations exposed to trauma often experience an emotional and physical toll known as vicarious trauma or compassion fatigue. In order to offset the effects of vicarious trauma and reduce risk of burnout, it is important for staff members to engage in self-care practices.
Self-Care includes all of the things you do to take care of your physical, mental, and emotional well-being
Some examples include:
• Eat regular nutritious meals
• Exercise regularly
• Turn off all electronics
• Get enough sleep
• Spend time with family and friends
• Keep work and family life separate
• Learn how to say “no” to extra responsibilities
• Practice deep breathingLinks and Handouts
Beyond Kale and Pedicures: Can we Beat Burnout and Compassion Fatigue?
How to Build a Culture of Good Health
Mindfulness for Educators
Professional Quality of Life Scale
Psychological First Aid: PFA for Ourselves
Secondary Traumatic Stress and Self-Care Resources
Secondary Traumatic Stress: A Fact Sheet for Child-Serving Professionals
Self-Care Starter Kit
Work Life Balance
Fried: Why you Burn Out and How to Revive by Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
Trauma-Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Carling for Self While Caring for Others by Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky and Connie Burk