It is important to note that vicarious trauma is a form of secondhand trauma, which is commonly experienced by professionals and volunteers working in the field. The conditional can have a drastic impact on one’s well-being, emotional status, and performance. It can range from mere hopelessness and helplessness to anger, guilt, and addictions. Therefore, the most appealing coping mechanism involves activities such as meditation, exercise, and engaging in a social hobby unrelated to work.
Firstly, a person experiencing vicarious trauma needs to develop a strong sense of realistic awareness about himself or herself as well as his or her own capabilities. No individual can prevent all world problems and help all victims, which is why being self-aware and self-conscious is critical (Social Work License Map, 2020). These two important skills can be developed by meditating, which also relaxes a person by calming him or her down. Secondly, exercise is relevant to ensure physical fitness and well-beingwellbeing. It can distract from the primary triggers of vicarious trauma and make one happier due to dopamine released during physical activity (Social Work License Map, 2020). Thirdly, engaging in a social hobby can make a significant difference between having vicarious trauma and not having one. The social element is important because it ensures that one does not dwell on his or her work while being involved in a hobby. Examples include pottery, social dance, book club, dog park, community events, and language clubs.
In conclusion, one needs to engage in self-care activities in order to ensure that vicarious trauma does not affect him or her to an extent where performance and well-being are reduced. Meditation can make a substantial difference due to its benefit in terms of self-awareness and self-consciousness. Exercise takes care of physical health, and social hobby redirects one’s attention.
Social Work License Map. (2020). Resource guide for coping with secondhand trauma. Social Work License Map. Web.