Community Worker Self Care

Reach Out Professional - Developing a Self Care Plan -
A self-care plan can help you enhance your health and wellbeing, manage your stress, and maintain professionalism as a worker with young people.  Learn to identify activities and practices that support your wellbeing as a professional and help you to sustain positive self-care in the long-term.

Download Olga Phoenix's - Self Care Wheel
Self-Care Wheel is an empowering, affirming, and positive tool for helping professionals to manage stress, increase contentment and life satisfaction. With over 80 self-care exercises and healing modalities, Self-Care Wheel is a great beginning for your personalized, preventative, and sustainable Self-Care plan.

45 Simple Self-Care Practices for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Soul -
Tiny Buddha has extensive but simple wisdom for complex lives.

Living Upp - A Self Care Community -
Living Upp is a self-care community that provides resources to help people explore healthier lifestyles and take personal ownership of their health.

TED Talks -
Too busy to take care of yourself? These 9 talks offer simple ways to stay healthy - both emotionally and physically.

The Desk -
The desk aims to support Australian tertiary students to achieve mental and physical health and well being. Being a student can be a challenging time and many students do not access support services for a range of reasons including time pressures, not knowing where to go for help and feeling embarrassed. Providing resources online means that more people will be able to get help to improve their well being and be able to study more effectively. The desk offers free access to online modules, tools, quizzes and advice.

1800RESPECT - Resilience Program -
‘Resilience’ is the capacity to rebound from and find meaning in traumatic or stressful events. If you work with women and children you may witness the effects of sexual assault, domestic and family violence. We rely on frontline workers to respond when women and children are experiencing gendered violence and we recognise that this work can be challenging, which is why we designed this program. The resilience program goes for 10 weeks and each week you will receive an email from us that describes a particular aspect of resilience and suggests an exercise. There are weeks that focus on organisational resilience, looking at what your workplace has in place to support you, and other weeks that focus on techniques for managing stress. The resilience program is designed to build your skills. It responds to what we know about the prevalence of vicarious resilience and vicarious trauma experienced by workers.  Vicarious trauma, burn out or compassion fatigue are all names for how work can affect you negatively, whereas 'vicarious resilience' describes the positive impacts of this work. If you’d like to know more you can watch our video on how to look after yourself at work. The video will give you some context for the importance of building resilience. It’s important to know, however, that the resilience program is not designed for people who are really struggling to be at work or can’t face going to work.

1800RESPECT - Work Induced or Vicarious Trauma -
Where services or professionals work with vulnerableor traumatised clients, there is a risk that employees will experience ongoing stress, burnout or, more seriously, compassion fatigue and work–induced trauma (also known as vicarious trauma). Work-induced or vicarious trauma is more likely to arise where counsellors, therapists or support workers have the qualities that make them good at their job (and valued as professionals) – empathy, relational connectivity and the skills that assist clients to disclose their own traumatic experiences. Employees may develop psychological symptoms or addictive self-soothing in response to work-induced trauma, or feel they are unable to relate empathically or appropriately to others because their world view and their capacity to “keep on giving”, both inside and outside of work, is damaged by their exposure to trauma. Managing the risk of this is an important part of Workplace Health &Safety (WHS) policy in any organisation or practice.