What You Can Do
You can manage stress by taking care of yourself while you are helping others.
Manage Your Workload:
• set your task priorities with realistic work plans.
• Recognize that “waiting” and “not having enough to do,”
alternate with being “overwhelmed.”
Balance Your Lifestyle:
• Eat healthy foods and drink water.
• Avoid excessive caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco.
• Set adequate sleep and rest.
• Get physical exercise.
• Talk to your family and friends frequently.
•Reduce physical tension frequently by methods that work for
you. Take deep breathes, gentle stretching, meditation, wash
face and hands, use relaxation techniques.
• Pace yourself between low and high stress activities.
• Use time off to decompress and: re-charge batteries” – get a
good meal, read, listen to music, take a bath, and talk to
• Talk about your feelings to co-workers at appropriate times.
• Recognize and heed early warning signs of stress.
• Accept that you may not be able to self-access problem-
matic stress reactions.
• Recoginize that over identification with or feeling
overwhelmed by victims’ and families’ grief and
trauma mat signal a need for support and consultation.
• Understand the differences between professional helping
relationships and friendships to help maintain approp-
riate roles and boundaries
• Examine personal prejudices and cultural stereotypes.
• Recognize when your own experience with trauma or
your own personal history interferes with effectiveness.
• Be aware of your personal vulnerabilities and emotional
reactions and the importance of team and supervisor