Resources to support your wellbeing
Working in health and social care can sometimes be stressful and challenging and it is vital that you look after your own wellbeing, which includes both your mental and physical health, to ensure you stay healthy and avoid burnout.
- Information on the Connecting Care+ wellbeing offer can be found here.
- Skills for Care have created a guide to help you build your own resilience, health and wellbeing.
- This NHS toolkit can help you identify how you are feeling and know when to seek support.
- Many wellbeing apps are freely available for all health and care staff during the COVID-19 pandemic and more information on these apps and how to access them can be found here.
- The NHS have created a Health and Wellbeing brochure specifically for Primary Care staff detailing available support
- Self help leaflets are available here on a variety of topics impacting wellbeing, including depression and low mood, health anxiety, stress and panic.
- The NHS have information available about mindfulness and how it can help your mental wellbeing.
- This mood self-assessment can help you better understand how you have been feeling recently so you can better identify how to help yourself.
- Jaimee Wylam, a Public Health Registrar, has compiled a list of the top free wellbeing resources available to trainees
- The NHS has a list of stress busting tips.
- Action for Happiness have released their ‘Altruistic August’ calendar, with daily actions to help you be kinder to others and yourself
- Some tips for getting started with exercise and walking for health are available here.
- HEE North East & Yorkshire have released a bulletin with collated links to other regional health and wellbeing resources, which can be found here.
Support with maintaining your physical wellbeing when working from home
The Health and Safety Executive has released a short but informative video providing guidance on setting up your home workstation, including maintaining the correct posture.
This simple diagram shows good practice information for working from home.
Some simple tips for reducing the risk of injury while working from home:
- Break up longs spells of work with regular breaks (ideally at least 10 minutes every hour) or changes in activity
- Ensure you try and maintain correct posture while sitting at a home workstation and avoid awkward, static positions by changing position regularly
- Regularly get up and move around, perhaps try some simple at home stretching exercises every day
- Help avoid fatigue by changing your focus and blinking from time to time
This one minute video from Mind gives 5 tips on getting moving and improving your mood.
Through the Better Health Campaign, Diabetes UK have developed an online tool to allow you to calculate your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. If you think you may be at risk, take the free test and you may be eligible for the Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.
Stopping smoking can greatly boost your health and reduce your risk of smoking related illnesses. If you have decided you want to quit smoking, you can find support through your local Smokefree service and develop your own tailored plan to quit.