Research: Trauma-Informed Organizations
Change Package: Self-Care
Supporting policies and practices that care for … physical well-being
A state of physical well-being is not just the absence of disease. It includes lifestyle behavior choices to ensure health; avoid preventable diseases and conditions; and live in a balanced state of body, mind, and spirit.
The ability to practice stress management techniques, be resilient, and generate the emotions that lead to good feelings.
Relationships and connections are important for well-being and can offer support during difficult times. Well-being involves building healthy, nurturing, and supportive relationships, as well as fostering a genuine connection with those around you.
Cognitive well-being refers to how people evaluate their lives overall (life satisfaction) and specific life domains (e.g., job satisfaction, marital satisfaction). Aspects of cognitive or psychological well-being include self-realization and pleasure.
Being mindful of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue
Being in a stressful environment hearing about trauma affects both staff and consumers who may suffer vicarious trauma. Compassion fatigue is a condition characterized by emotional and physical exhaustion leading to a diminished ability to empathize or feel compassion for others, often described as the negative cost of caring. Organizations must be mindful of these natural consequences of the work, while working to support those suffering these conditions.