Staying Sane

There are many ways to maintain your mental health. Avoiding burnout (by taking breaks) is a big one. Other good ways to feel better mentally are:

  • Have a hobby – painting, scrapbooking, something creative that will allow you to express yourself.
  • Try therapy. Many entertainers, because they are creative, prefer art therapy or other alternative therapies to more traditional ones. There are community-based counselling and therapy options that are low cost or free, although many may have waiting lists. Check with your doctor or a community health clinic for more information on free or inexpensive services.
  • Do things you’re good at that are separate from your work. You may be an incredible pole dancer, but what can you do off the pole? Are you a chef? A mechanic? A website designer? Nurture an identity of yourself that is separate from your role as a sex industry worker. We are not our jobs, after all. (Although it can sometimes seem like it in this field.)
  • Take long walks, get out of your workspace, and get fresh air. Go bike riding or swimming on occasion.
  • Redecorating your play space can be therapeutic.
  • Spend lots of time with your friends.
  • Sing karaoke or go dancing.
  • Take days off to visit family.
  • Write an anonymous blog.
  • Write poetry, paint, or make sculptures.
  • Listen to music.
  • Lift weights.
  • Run.
  • Watch inspiring movies.
  • Beading/ crafts
  • Crocheting / Knitting / Sewing
  • Have a sense of humour.
  • Give yourself time to heal.
  • Structure your life to include a balance of a little bit of everything.
  • Access services.
  • Put yourself next to happy people.
  • LAUGH!
  • Stretch.
  • Keep a journal and write down your thoughts. Get what’s in – out!
  • Yoga.
  • Honey and salt body washes once a week.
  • Take art classes.
  • Read a novel.
  • Entertaining can make us relax. Making friends is another good way to relax. (Some clients can be our friends.)
  • Eat well, exercise, and get lots of sleep every day.
  • Debrief with a friend after particularly stressful situations.

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