“You usually don’t realize you’re burned out until afterwards. For example, I like reading as a past-time, but I remember a time when I sat down to read and I couldn’t get past a few sentences before my mind just turned off—that’s when I realized something was really wrong.”
The extent of your wellbeing and effectiveness will largely depend on how well you manage stress. And in high-stress, fast paced emergency work, self-care usually feels counter-intuitive.
Being well prepared for a sudden shutdown and evacuation or hibernation of your programme goes a long way in helping your staff feel safe and contained.
Post-crisis response is about providing the right kind of support at the right time.
We all respond to crisis in different ways. Some may respond with a strong emotional reaction, while others may feel detached, some with anger or sadness.