Aid worker wellness: always important, increasingly discussed, but too infrequently achieved. And there’s no better time than the holiday season to heighten the focus on wellness.
Are you a field coordinator in a remote village or refugee camp and away from your family for the holidays again? Or spending December working around the clock to wrap up end-of-the year reports? Or maybe just hoping your boss doesn’t realise your project is over-budget until you’re after gone for the holidays?
Here at WhyDev, we always want to bring more attention to aid worker wellness. To date, we’ve published over 40 posts related to self-help and well-being, starting with one that pretty much sums up our stance on the issue: “So, you wanna save the world? Save yourself first!” And it seems we’re not the only ones concerned about aid worker wellness–nearly 1,500 people signed the petition to get it on the agenda at this year’s World Humanitarian Summit.
So don’t forget to take some time out for yourself this holiday season–and maybe start by pouring a cup of tea and perusing some of our favourite pieces on aid worker wellness.
Are aid workers more maladjusted than others?
Why We Dev: Alessandra Pigni answers all your questions about wellness.
Bringing sexy back to well-being
Self-care isn’t just for the big and dramatic events.
Mindfulness: Why it’s essential
Finding the sweet spot between self-care and sacrifice
How to stay in love with your aid job
Featured image shows a lotus flower and its reflection. Photo by Lori Branham.
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