Looking after your mental health

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There are many benefits to working in the care sector and we’ve been touched in recent weeks by the stories of care workers going above and beyond the normal call of duty to care and support the most vulnerable. Whether that has been living in tents to minimise the risk of a potential outbreak, or not seeing their own families for many weeks to make sure services users receive the support and care they need. If there is one thing that has come to light during the pandemic, it's the incredible resourcefulness and commitment of the care workforce.

We cannot make light of the challenges care providers have experienced these last few months and supporting the wellbeing of staff, volunteers and service users is a key priority.

Here are a few tips to help you maintain your wellbeing:


Stay connected with friends and family.

During the lockdown it has been difficult for many to maintain the usual contact with friends and family. Technology has played an important part in making those connections possible, from FaceTime, Skype, WhatsApp, etc. As we ease out of the lockdown the opportunity for personal contact is once again possible. Those closest to us can be a great source of support and it’s important to use a variety of ways to keep in touch to lift your mood and wellbeing while observing the national guidance.


Spice up your daily routine.

We’ve all had to make changes to our daily routine.

Finding a new routine or making changes to an old routine will bring interest and flexibility. A few small changes can give you a revised sense of purpose. Try new activities where possible to keep things fun and fresh.


'Me' time.

Along with a revised routine, take time out for yourself. The care sector is rightly focused on caring and supporting people, so it’s essential to take time out to also take care of your own wellbeing and mental health without the feeling of guilt.  

Do something you enjoy, eat well and exercise. A short walk can really help clear out the cobwebs! Remember a balanced diet is important, but a treat now and then is essential!


Take a break from social media.

Although, it’s great to stay up-to-date with the news, constantly watching or listening to ‘bad’ news can become overwhelming and exhausting.

Stay informed, use trustworthy news sites and limit your screen time.

There are a number of helpful resources available to help you manage your mental health and wellbeing. For further information and advice head to any of these sites:

www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters

www.mentalhealth.org.uk

www.mind.org.uk