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Aid to Zen: X/Y/Z – Xanax, Yoga and Zen

This post is part of Aid to Zen – A Quick Guide to Surviving Aid Work from A to Z by Alessandra Pigni. Today I’m serving you a trio of common (or not so common) practices among do-gooders: drugs, yoga and…Zen.  … Continue reading

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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: V – Vicarious Trauma and Vicarious Resilience

This post is part of Aid to Zen – A Quick Guide to Surviving Aid Work from A to Z by Alessandra Pigni. For those who have been following my blog, you know that I like to try and look at our … 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: N – Not Harming

This post is part of Aid to Zen – A Quick Guide to Surviving Aid Work from A to Z by Alessandra Pigni. *** If you have been reading Aid to Zen this far, you will know it’s a mix of serious … Continue reading

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Aid to Zen: I – Isolation

This post is part of Aid to Zen – A Quick Guide to Surviving Aid Work from A to Z by Alessandra Pigni. *** Isolation is one of the words that comes to mind when I think about being an aid worker. It’s … Continue reading

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