Taking care of your health is important no matter what you do for a living. But when it comes to AOD work it’s all the more important. Working in the AOD sector can be very rewarding but the passion and dedication that drives many who work in AOD sector can potentially lead to stress, burnout and even ‘compassion fatigue’ if not accompanied by solid self-care strategies.
Designed for the non government AOD sector, NADA’s worker wellbeing resources ask workers to invest as much time and care looking after their health as they do others.
Feeling overwhelmed and on edge in the wale of COVID-19? You’re not alone. As difficult as this situation is-and as powerless as you might sometimes feel-there are steps you can take to improve your health and wellbeing.
This eLearning course has been developed to help AOD workers cope with stress and uncertainty during COVID-19. It explores the factors that make coping difficult and outlines a variety of helpful tips and strategies to support you to look after yourself during these challenging times.
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
explain why coping during a public health crisis as an AOD worker is challenging
identify your stress response and emotional triggers
apply proven coping and relaxation tools and techniques to reduce stress and enhance health and wellbeing.
Working in the AOD Sector can be very rewarding. Nevertheless, as with any job, the work can also take a toll when demands exceed our resources and ability to manage and cope.
For practical wellbeing and self-care tips, download:
The ProQol is a commonly used measure to help workers understand the positive and negative aspects of helping. While not intended as a diagnostic tool, how you score will provide a guide on how likely you are experiencing compassion satisfaction, burnout and secondary traumatic stress so that you can take steps to protect and nurture your health and wellbeing.