Self-care during COVID-19: It’s ok not to be ok – ICST

Self-care during COVID-19: It’s ok not to be ok

This COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented situation; we are all going to be experiencing stress through the working environment that we are working in, as well as the emotional distress of seeing lots of people dying. We have a responsibility to ourselves and our patients and colleagues to take care of ourselves, both physically and mentally.

Ensure you seek advice and support if you are struggling. Use strategies that have worked for you in the past to manage stressful situations. Talk to people you trust or contact a counsellor or chaplaincy. Maintain a healthy lifestyle: keep hydrated, eat and sleep well, exercise and enjoy social contact with family and friends (even if it’s virtual).

Self-care during COVID-19: It’s ok not to be ok

This COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented situation; we are all going to be experiencing stress through the working environment that we are working in, as well as the emotional distress of seeing lots of people dying. We have a responsibility to ourselves and our patients and colleagues to take care of ourselves, both physically and mentally.

Ensure you seek advice and support if you are struggling. Use strategies that have worked for you in the past to manage stressful situations. Talk to people you trust or contact a counsellor or chaplaincy. Maintain a healthy lifestyle: keep hydrated, eat and sleep well, exercise and enjoy social contact with family and friends (even if it’s virtual).

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Resources

Frontline 19

Free and confidential emotional support service for workers on the frontline of COVID-19.

Coronavirus: Mental Health in the Pandemic

The Mental Health Foundation is leading this ongoing, UK-wide, long-term study of how the pandemic is affecting people’s mental health, working with the University of Cambridge, Swansea University, the University of Strathclyde and Queen’s University Belfast.

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