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Table 2 Effective coping strategies code frequency grouped by four overarching themes and seven sub-themes

From: Thematic analysis of aid workers’ stressors and coping strategies: work, psychological, lifestyle and social dimensions

Effective coping strategies
Work 92 Psychological 123 Lifestyle 301 Social connection 143
Personal organisation 62 Practices for mental self-care 79 Helpful activities and self-care 301 Support from others 143
 Work less and switch off 19  Meditation 19  Exercise/ Sport 94  Support from family and friends 118
 Being prepared and organised 13  Religion and spiritual practice 19  Hobbies/interests outside work 62  Support from colleagues 25
 Good work practices 13  Therapy 12  Holidays and travel 34
 Commitment to work 9  Relax 12  Work-life balance 19
 Analyse and solve problems 8  Purpose and goals 9  Socialising 19
Working with others 16  Self-awareness 4  Time for me 16
 Management and organisational support 7  Personal growth 4  Yoga 15
 Contact with recipients 5 Cognitive appraisal strategies 44  Eating well 14
 Delegation 4  Humour 11  Alcohol 14
Work conditions 14  Focus on circle of influence 10  Sleep and rest 14
 Ensure good conditions 9  Acceptance 6
 Changing jobs/location 5  Perspective, seeing bigger picture 6
 Stay positive 6
 Ignoring problems 5
  1. N = 218. Each participant’s response was coded into any theme they evoked and could include multiple codes from the same sub-theme. Thus, themes overlap, and a participant may be represented multiple times within a code, sub-theme or overarching theme