The Idealist's Survival Kit (Paperback)

75 Simple Ways to Avoid Burnout

By Alessandra Pigni

Parallax Press, 9781941529348, 253pp.

Publication Date: December 27, 2016

List Price: 16.95*
* Individual store prices may vary.


75 brief self-care reflections to help aid workers, activists, and volunteers renew purpose and achieve fulfillment. 

Heal from over-exhaustion, prevent burnout, and regain your motivation with these short readings from a psychologist who has spent many years in the field working in conflict and disaster areas. Gathered from Alessandra Pigni’s interaction with humanitarian professionals and backed up by cutting–edge research, these concrete tools offer new perspectives and inspiration to anyone whose work is focused on helping others.

About the Author

Alessandra Pigni is a humanitarian psychologist with several years of experience in the Middle East. After serving with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders in Palestine and China, she has dedicated her work to understanding the connection between meaningful work and burnout. She has been ELAC Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and her work has a wide following among humanitarian practitioners, activists, and academics. You can find her online at and connect with her on Twitter @mindfulnext

Praise For The Idealist's Survival Kit: 75 Simple Ways to Avoid Burnout

"Alessandra makes clear that we need to treat ourselves humanely, just as we declare our main aim is to show humanity to others. I commend this book to you most warmly.”—Dr. Hugo Slim, Head of Policy, The International Committee of the Red Cross

"Alessandra Pigni has pioneered the field of care in action.  The Idealist's Survival Kit is a godsend for every activist and aid worker.”—Michael Edwards, Editor of Transformation

"With bracing honesty and piercing clarity, Alessandra Pigni shows us not only why, but also how, to practice self-empathy for the sake of efficacy.”— Irshad Manji, The Trouble with Islam Today, Founder, Moral Courage Project

“This book is a must-read—not only for those who work for NGOs on the front-line of humanitarian catastrophes, but all those who work in the helping professions throughout the world.”—Mark Williams, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford