LOOKING AFTER YOURSELF IS SO IMPORTANT ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU LOOK AFTER OTHERS.
As a Healthcare worker you will be working long hours and undertaking a role that is physically and emotionally tiring. You've probably come across the well-known saying, "You can't pour from an empty cup". This essentially means we can't care for others if we don't care for ourselves.
Self-care plays a valuable part in keeping yourself feeling mentally and physically well. Taking time for yourself, engaging in activities you enjoy, and practicing self-compassion can improve your mood, boost self-esteem, and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. When you put yourself first and take care of yourself you recharge your energy levels and increase your ability to focus. By taking regular breaks, practicing time management, and setting boundaries, you can improve your productivity and efficiency in all areas of your life.
Self-care also helps to manage and reduce stress levels. Engaging in activities that promote relaxation and stress relief, such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or taking breaks, can help to alleviate stress and improve your mental and emotional well-being. When you practice self-care regularly your ability to bounce back from difficult situations and maintain a positive outlook is enhanced.
It is useful to remember that self-care is a personal and individualised practice. What works for one person may not work for another. It's important to experiment with different self-care activities and find what resonates with you, taking into account your unique preferences, needs, and circumstances.
If you can, blank out a section of your diary which will be dedicated to practicing self-care. If it is visible in your diary you are more likely to do it.
Have a look through the list below and see which acts of self-care appeal to you.
Each act of self-care will have different benefits for various reasons. For instance, exercise can release endorphins and reduce stress, while practicing mindfulness can improve focus and reduce anxiety. Cuddling a pet or spending time with loved ones can release oxytocin, known as the "love hormone," promoting feelings of bonding and well-being.
All our staff have access to our 24-hour helpline, where your call will be answered by experienced counsellors. Please contact your local branch, and they will be more than happy to provide you with the telephone number to call.
Remember, taking care of yourself is crucial, and it will not only benefit you but also enable you to provide better care for others.
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