Self-Care as simple as A-B-C

Every job takes energy but being an adult entertainer or a support in the industry requires giving a lot of ourselves, sometimes to the point of burnout. During self-care month, we are highlighting ways to spot and change the habits that drain us and ways to re-energize when we feel depleted. Here is a start:

 

Self-care works best when we take an A-B-C approach; Awareness, Balance, and Connection.

 

  • Find your own ‘optimal range’ of productivity. Take stock of your commitments. Write down both the positive and the negative effects (money, strain, stress, fatigue). And then rate the necessity of them. Be honest, are you doing it because you need to or because someone else expects it of you?

 

  • Make a list of self-care strategies. If you find this difficult, ask friends, family, colleagues, which self-care strategies they find most effective.

 

  • Schedule time in your diary each week for guilt-free self-care. This doesn’t have to be big or time consuming. It can be curling up with a favorite movie or having a cappuccino date with a friend.

 

  • Have transition time from work to home. For example, do five ‘sun salutations’ or change into comfy clothes when you get home. Create a habit that signals to your brain that it is time to wind down.

 

  • Set a time each day when you completely disconnect from technology (phone, computer, television, everything). Even an hour break from technology can recharge you before you face the online world again.

 

  • Spend face-to-face time with people who give you support. A hug is worth a thousand encouraging words, especially when you feel drained. But talk is important too! Talk out your stress. Process your thoughts and reactions with someone else (colleague, therapist, friend, family member). Make a plan of how you can strengthen your positive support system and distance yourself from those who fuel your stress.

 

  • Spend time with a pet. Pets accept whatever affection you are able to give them without asking for more and can give endless amount of unconditional support in return. Bonus – our blood pressure and heart rate decreases when interacting with animals.

 

  • Make laughter, joy, and play a priority at home. Creating fun may be a focus at work but it’s equally important at home. Name three things you feel grateful for today. Think of something that brings you a sense of joy (Make a top ten list and keep it handy when you are down). Who do you love that you can reach out to today (Call them!). What made you laugh today? (Share it!)

 

Self-care not only helps us personally, it helps us to be our best work selves as well. Remember, in order to give our best at work, we must have something left to give. If you feel overwhelmed or like you need more support than you have access to at home, contact Pineapple Support.

 

Dr. Jena Field

Pineapple Support Sponsors Free Suicide Prevention Training Day

LOS ANGELES — Pineapple Support is set to sponsor a free suicide prevention training day in Tarzana on Sunday, March 24.

The event is specifically aimed at helping agents, performers and producers better cope with crisis situations.

“We all need to know the warning signs for suicide, and how to prevent it,” said Leya Tanit, founder and president of Pineapple Support. “While mental resources are important, not everyone seeks help on their own. The training day will give people the skills they need to help make that crucial difference and to possibly save a life.”

Pineapple Support’s Suicide Prevention Day will begin at 11 a.m.

Speakers will include:

  • Amanda Clemens , discussing suicide prevention and crisis intervention.
  • Hernando Chaves, discussing self-care and self-esteem.
  • Leya Tanit, giving an overview of Pineapple Support and the services it provides.

“Education and knowledge is the key to preventing self-harm,” said Tanit. “I invite anyone who routinely deals with performers, from directors to make-up artists to bookers, to come for this free training. Together, we can build a net to help those who may be slipping.”

“Mental health is an issue that has touched each persons life. Additional training with suicide awareness, crisis intervention, managing mental health, self-care, and promoting self-worth can benefit anyone pursuing balance and managing life stressors.” said Hernando Chaves “Attending trainings that increase awareness with mental health concerns and teaches best practices to intervening in emergencies can be valuable tools to have when a difficult situation arises. ”

The event is open to all persons working in the adult industry. For more information, contact Pineapple Support here and follow their Twitter handle.

ModelHub and PornHub Sponsor Pineapple Support

At the Modelhub and the Pornhub Model Program, the safety and wellbeing of their models, and of all sex workers, are our number one priorities.

That’s why, in honor of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, they proudly announced their new partnership with Pineapple Support, an online mental health service developed specifically for adult industry models and performers.

As we know, ours can be a trying industry, with its own unique set of struggles. While stigma associated with the adult industry is slowly starting to change, we know that being a part of this community can make certain relationships, conversations and situations very complicated. It can even take a toll on your emotional health. That’s why we’re making sure you have the resources you need to stay happy, healthy, and profitable.

Pineapple Support and Pornhub share a common goal – making sure that all sex workers and porn performers have access to the care they need.

Everybody deserves mental health services, but they can be inaccessible for a number of reasons – some models may not be able to find a provider that is sex-worker-friendly. Some others may simply not have good providers available in their area. Many others are unable to access mental health services due to prohibitive cost.

We’re looking to change that.

Pineapple Support provides 24/7 emotional support, meaning you’ll be able to chat anonymously, for free, with one of Pineapple’s Trained Listeners – they are specially trained to offer empathetic support, and listen to you without prejudice or stigma.

Chatting with a Trained Listener is completely free, and access to a licensed therapist through Pineapple Support is subsidized or also free.

Take care of yourself, so that you can keep taking care of business:

Sign Up To Pineapple Support Today.

 

If you’re able, please also consider donating in honor of International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers, to help make sure everyone can have access to mental health services.

Pineapple Support and 7 Cups of Tea Internship Program

Are you a student in a Social and Human Services program looking to gain field placement or practicum hours?

Are you LGBTQ friendly, sex positive and kink aware?

If the answer to both of these questions is yes, then why not sign up to be an active listener for Pineapple Support, the adult industry support network?

The Pineapple Support online emotional support service is provided through 7 Cups of Tea. It allows members and guests to anonymously connect with trained listeners in order to gain support for everyday issues, including mental health.

7 Cups of Tea Internship Program
7 Cups of Tea is a great place for students to serve as non-paid interns and in turn receive credit for their academic programs.

What type of student would benefit from working with Pineapple Support through 7 Cups of Tea?
Any open minded student enrolled in a Social and Human Services program where a certain number of field placement or practicum hours are required to complete a certificate/degree can participate:
• Undergraduate programs in Health & Human Services, Psychology
• Graduate programs in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Master of Social Work
• Ph.D. & Psy.D. programs

Students who bring their life experience, academic skills, genuine passion for helping those in need and who also have aspirations of working in the behavioral health field, will likely find this work very rewarding.

Will 7 Cups of Tea provide supervisors?
7 Cups of Tea is unable to provide supervisors at this time. Many of our interns request a local social worker or a faculty member to act as their supervisors. We provide you with the perfect platform to interact with clients and to learn from other peer listeners in the community.

Are only students eligible to intern with 7 Cups of Tea?
While this program is geared towards students, anyone with an enthusiasm to help others while learning about mental health is welcome to register. The internship certificate will add great value to any resume for a job or college application.

What are the benefits of interning at 7 Cups of Tea through Pineapple Support?
• Further develop active listening communication skills.
• Build therapeutic relationships with users/members of the site.
• Create a personal profile page that highlights your interests and future career goals.
• You will be providing a much needed service to an often forgotten demographic.
• Learn from other veteran listeners in the community.
• Gain solid experience before working “in the field.”
• Add meaningful volunteer experience to your resume.

How do I become an intern with 7 Cups of Tea?
1. Visit www.pinepplesupport.org and click VOLUNTEER in the top menu bar.
2. Complete at least two 1-1 support and five group support chats.
3. Click here to complete our internship registration form.
4. You will receive the internship starter kit within 3-5 business days of your application date.
5. Upon successful completion of the internship, you will be awarded with a certificate.