Department of Health

Self-care stories: Planning pleasant activities


Listen to how planning positive activities helped Laura's recovery after an incident of occupational violence and aggression in her health service.

Occupational violence and aggression post-incident support

  • 01 June 2018
  • Duration: 1:43
  • Size: 3.15 MB
  • Laura:

    I work in a residential aged care service and recently was assaulted by one of our residents. I had two weeks off recovering from what happened. While at the end of that time I was physically recovered, I really just didn't feel myself. In hindsight, I'd say I felt a bit down.

    After the incident I really found myself out of my routine - I'd been skipping my usual exercise classes, relying on takeaway instead of cooking (and I love cooking!), watching TV until really late at night, so I really wasn't getting enough sleep. While I was able to go to work, that was about all I really could manage.

    After about a month, I knew I really needed to get back on track. For the first time in a long time, I sat down on Sunday to plan out the week ahead. I decided that I wanted to be able to do at least one thing that week that would make me feel good about myself. I booked into an exercise class, and also arranged when I'd go for a swim that weekend. I also decided to put aside one evening to go to the supermarket to buy ingredients for my favourite pasta dish.

    At the end of the week, I managed to do most of the things on my list, which gave me a sense of achievement. It was hard motivating myself to get to the exercise class, but I definitely felt better after I went. The instructor asked where I'd been and said she was really happy to have me back. The swim was hardly what you'd call exercise, but it was nice just to float in the water and use the sauna.

    My daughter enjoyed having a home-cooked meal, which we cooked together. I noticed I slept a bit better, and I feel a bit more upbeat than I have since the incident.

Reviewed 16 September 2021

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