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Tuesday 25th June – Wellbeing for our Minds

On Tuesday we will focus on what wellbeing means in relation to our mind with a focus on Self Care and Resilience.

What is self-care?

Self-care are the actions you do to look after your health and wellbeing. This includes your basic actions like eating well and drinking enough water. Or it could be making time for your hobbies and celebrating your achievements.

Why is self-care important?

Self-care supports our overall wellbeing with our day-to-day actions supporting our wellbeing in a holistic way. The different aspects of self-care are Physical, Emotional, Professional, Social, Financial and Psychological. Managing these areas may help reduce stress, improve resilience and energy levels.

Available here is a Self Care Toolkit that is designed to help walk you through what you’re doing for your self care. There’s also an emergency self care plan that you can use to help improve your resilience and ability to cope when times get tough. Download it and give it a go!

So what we mean by resilience?

Resilience essentially refers to the ability to cope under pressure and recover from difficulties.

A person with good resilience tends to cope well under pressure and can often bounce back quicker from difficult experiences than someone with lower resilience.

 

What does resilience look like?

There are some behaviours that tend to be associated with being resilient, such as:

  • Greeting new situations, people and demands with a positive attitude.
  • Keeping a sense of perspective when things go wrong.
  • Recognising your thoughts and emotions and managing them.
  • Asking for help when you need it.
  • Recognising and respecting your own limits, including acknowledging what you can and cannot control.
  • Understanding and valuing the meaning of what you do.

Resilience can be influences by ourselves, past experiences, current circumstances, and the people around us. This results in shaping the way we behave.

Everyone has resilience but there may be some qualities that can be developed and supported to make someone more resilient. These things are:

  • Confidence and self-belief.
  • Feeling that what you do has meaning and value.
  • Empathy and forming positive relationships with others.
  • Having strategies to cope with pressure.
  • Access to support.

 

Why does resilience matter

While care work is rewarding and impactful to make a positive difference to people’s lives it can come with stressful experiences as well. Stress can have an impact on your mental and physical wellbeing.

While it isn’t positive to entirely remove stress from not only care work, but any work, improving our resilience can help us manage stressful experiences better. This improves our physical and mental health and wellbeing, can help us personally develop and increase job satisfaction.

 

Resilience Resources

Resilience for Health care staff –  1 min

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WEti5zsgxg

Building Resilience  – 4 mins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLAdRgft7pU

A website about resilience in care home setting  (with info and videos):

https://resilienceresource.co.uk/understanding-resilience/index.html

Steps and strategies to build resilience and help you bounce back:

https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/mental-wellbeing-tips/self-help-cbt-techniques/bouncing-back-from-lifes-challenges/

 

There’s also a great app called Balance that has a wide range of wellbeing exercises, including meditation and breathing. Currently it’s free for a year! Downloadable from Apple Store and Google Play.

 

Monday 24th June – Financial Wellbeing

Today we will focus on Financial Wellbeing!

Financial Wellbeing relates to your monetary needs and how to manage your finances in life. Having good financial wellbeing could be feeling confident, secure and in control of your finances.

To begin it’s important to understand your payslip. Check out the below image.

 

Budgeting is a great tool to improve your Financial Wellbeing. By looking at how you manage your money can help give you more of a sense of control and security. Money Helper has a great free online budgeting tool.

Wagestream is a great tool around building your financial wellbeing. In the Wagestream app you can ask Coach questions you have around your finances to learn more.

 

 

  • The Money Helper website has fantastic resources to help you manage money and take control of your finances, or call 0800 011 3797 Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
  • National Debtline, or call 0808 808 4000 Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm and Saturday 9.30am to 1pm
  • Citizen’s Advice has lots of resources and information around debt and money advice as well.
  • You can check if you’re eligible for benefits or financial support from the UK Government.
  • Here you can see if you’re eligible to additional financial help and benefits if you have children.

When your finances are in order it can feel like one less stress, even if your money is in order, it is always good to plan, budget and save as you never know when unexpected costs may arise.

Planning for the future is important too. Here’s some basic info about pensions!

Come back here tomorrow for information on Wellbeing for our Minds.

 

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