Tag Archives: aid workers’ burnout

I don’t have time

Scenario: A friend and fellow aid worker based in Sudan sends me a link to a website that runs an online course on Essential Principles of Staff Care  Me: Have you done it? Her: Of course not. I am too busy to … Continue reading

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Work: it’s time for a new year’s revolution

How do you prevent burnout? How do you keep sane when the road to doing good and meaningful stuff is paved with terrible managers, short-sighted organizational visions, and power relations that can bend your soul? How do you keep resilient in difficult places? … Continue reading

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Aid to Zen: U – Uncertainty

This post is part of Aid to Zen – A Quick Guide to Surviving Aid Work from A to Z by Alessandra Pigni. When I first went to work in Palestine I brought with me a little book of reflections by … Continue reading

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Aid to Zen: R/S – R&R and Stress Reduction

This post is part of Aid to Zen – A Quick Guide to Surviving Aid Work from A to Z by Alessandra Pigni. R&R  “Tell me about your new job” I ask a friend who has been recently deployed to Gaziantep to … Continue reading

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Burning without Burning Out!

Dear friends, There’s a beautiful poem by the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish called Think of Others. I chose it as the opening poem of my book, The Idealist’s Survival Kit. 75 Simple Ways to Avoid Burnout. I carefully picked it because of … Continue reading

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Aid to Zen: Q – Qigong

This post is part of Aid to Zen – A Quick Guide to Surviving Aid Work from A to Z by Alessandra Pigni. *** The term qigong is not part of “aidspeak“, so let me introduce you to a practice that … Continue reading

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Aid to Zen – O: Organisations

This post is part of Aid to Zen – A Quick Guide to Surviving Aid Work from A to Z by Alessandra Pigni. Most of us work for an organisation: we are at once colleagues and employees, some may be managers, consultants … Continue reading

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Aid to Zen: M – Mindfulness

This post is part of Aid to Zen – A Quick Guide to Surviving Aid Work from A to Z by Alessandra Pigni   Why mindfulness is (still) relevant for aid workers In 2011 I started a project called Mindfulness for NGOs: back … Continue reading

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Aid to Zen: J/K – Jaded and Kind

This post is part of Aid to Zen – A Quick Guide to Surviving Aid Work from A to Z by Alessandra Pigni *** In yoga there are poses and counter poses that are designed to work together. We move our … Continue reading

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Aid to Zen: F – (The) field

This post is part of Aid to Zen – A Quick Guide to Surviving Aid Work from A to Z by Alessandra Pigni.  Much has been written about the myth of the field and fieldwork. There are countless memoirs about life in the field with … Continue reading

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