Discussing and educating others on violence against women or receiving disclosures can lead to distressing and unsettling thoughts and feelings for some people.
Self-care is an effective way to manage and prevent stress and trauma escalating. Stress and trauma affects how you see yourself, others and the world. Your self-care strategies need to intersect across a variety of areas in your life.
Things you can do as an individual
Reflect on what’s going well and positive about the work.
Engage in relaxation, mindfulness and soothing activities such as going for a massage, walking or swimming.
Look after your physical and mental well-being. Keep up your nutrition, sleep, relaxation and creative expression. Think of using humour, reading, or journal writing, for example.
Spend time with friends and family.
Develop an outlet for emotional processing outside of your work such as exercise, writing, building, gardening, family, socialising, singing, dancing.
Engage in activities that are positive and that have concrete outcomes or products that foster a sense of accomplishment.
Take time out when you need it.
Get support from others
Assess your network of supportive people at work and outside of work. Draw a map of support people. Who can provide emotional, informational and material support?
Ask for support and reciprocate and offer support to others. But don’t overdo it.
Use a buddy system at work, especially if you are new to this work.
Debrief with trusted colleagues in a safe and supportive environment.
Get support from workplace and community.
Access your Employee Assistance Program if you have one.