Aid Worker Wellness Resources for Women

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Aid Worker Wellness Facebook group: A group for aid workers who provide services to other aid workers. It’s a forum to discuss whatever comes to mind, but it’s mostly to stay connected with each other and how to link up on initiatives etc. Please contact me for more information
Whydev.org: A dynamic website that started out as a blog. Its vision is to foster and provide an online community for those committed to getting development right. Topics discussed also include those related to aid worker wellness
Womeninaid.com: A place for women in aid and development to network, share and learn. Occasional blog posts include subjects related to aid worker wellness (feel free to contribute!)
Claire Higgins: Claire is a former aid worker who coaches people, including humanitarians, who have been exposed to violence, conflict, trauma, stress, or adversity. She’s also an executive coach and coaches teams/organizations.
Emergency Yoga for Humanitarians: fun, easy and accessible yoga and meditation practices aimed at the aid worker ☺
The Healthy Nomad: A website with access to different resources, including coaching and mentoring around resilience and aid work, regular podcasts discussing different aid worker issues (including wellness). Recently, Nuran, the founder of the Healthy Nomad also co-developed an ebola crisis wellness kit together with Emergency Yoga for Humanitarians.
Zen Under Fire: How I Found Peace in the Midst of War: A wonderful book by Marianne Elliot a fellow and former aid worker who describes her experience/challenges of working with the UN in Afghanistan and how yoga helped her stay sane as one of her self care strategies.
AidMamas: a very welcoming facebook group of 300+ aid workers who are mothers, discussing anything ranging from parenting to career choices in aid work, as a mother!

A Selection of Self Care Resources

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The Way of the Happy Woman by Sara Avant Stover: Written by my yoga teacher and mentor, Sara Avant Stover, this beautiful books encourages women to take on a different view of living hectic lives, including yoga, meditation, healthy eating habits, journaling/self-inquiry and much more! I cannot recommend this book enough ☺

The Art of Extreme Self-Care by Cheryl Richardson: This beautiful book  offers 12 strategies to transform your life one month at a time. Designed as a practical, action-oriented program, each chapter challenges you to alter one behavior that keeps getting you in trouble.

Woman’s Comfort Book: A Self-Nurturing Guide for Restoring Balance in Your Life by Jennifer Louden: “With over 200 prescriptions for giving yourself a break, this book helps the reader to sort out guilty feelings about self–nurture and to define her comfort/self–nurture needs.” Just perfect for a woman aid worker, methinks ☺

And so many more!

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