Self-Care and Burnout

**We are worth the effort! Taking Care of Ourselves is not only about ensuring our longevity in the workplace, but it is also about feeling able and confident about switching careers if that time comes. We know that depending on our circumstances, we may not be in a position to follow some of these tips. We ask you to take what you can and leave the rest!**

*The following information can be found in the St. James Infirmary Occupational Health and Safety Guide

  • Take breaks and vacations from your work
  • Spend time  in nature as most sex business are housed in dark, windowless, closed environments
  • Spend some time alone and do something relaxing or meditative
  • Be in touch with your feelings and express them
  • Be aware of what colors you wear and live in during off hours
  • If you work in an environment that is a particular color, try to have other colors at home
  • Find a therapist who is sex-positive and non-judgmental or call women’s centers for free therapy
  • Social network to share your feelings and stories with others that you trust
  • If possible, don’t have sex for a while and get your mind off work
  • Indulge your other hobbies
  • Decide what kinds of people you want to work with and be willing to say goodbye to those that don’t fit the bill
  • Don’t let the client determine the service, but let them know what you offer.
  • Practice saying NO.
  • Create other sources of income so you won’t feel financially trapped and you have an alternate job when you need a break from sex work

Transitioning out of sex work

  • Think about the future, but enjoy the present. Sex work can provide an opportunity to save money for education, a new business venture, or travel.
  • Find out what is the least amount of money that you must have each month for your regular expenses (i.e., rent, food, utilities, etc.).
  • Research the kind of new career or job you would like after you leave your present work and aim towards that.
  • Find out what type of experience or training is necessary to obtain your ideal job(s), and start to make contacts in those particular fields.
  • Take 10% of your gross income and save it. When slow times come or you need money, you will always have some.
  • There are sympathetic and competent professionals who can help you with your financial and other goals, such as career planning or skill building (school, employment training, etc.). Seek them out and think about what works best for you.
  • Rely on social support networks (your friends, family, co-workers, etc.) to help you stay on track with your outlined goals.
  • Never be afraid to give to others in need—it will bring joy and abundance into your own life.
  • Give yourself credit for all of your efforts (big and small), and stay positive!

Need more information? Have more tips to share? Contact us!