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Information for Social Care Workers
Many of our team members at St John’s Winchester are social care workers. However, the below information can be used by all of our essential staff and anyone who feels that it will support and benefit them, their health and wellbeing.
NHS Resource Pack
The NHS and Local Government Association have created a resource pack to provide social care workers with some useful advice, tips and tools on how to manage stress and wellbeing.
The situation the world is dealing with regarding COVID-19 is difficult emotionally, physically and psychologically. It is only natural that staff members and those who are close to you may be feeling worried, anxious and disorientated by this unprecedented situation, one which we have not seen in our life time.
The vital roles you do make a huge difference to people’s lives, particularly our care home and almshouse residents. It is rewarding but we appreciate that it can also be challenging and stressful, especially during this crisis.
The document pack by the NHS holds a range of handy resources which you can use if you feel like you need some extra help, support or advice to manage your stress and boost your sense of wellbeing.
Please download and/or open the resource pack by clicking the ‘Wellness’ logo below:
What is ‘Anxiety’?
Anxiety is a term used to describe the feelings of unease, worry and fear that can be produced as a result of a situation. It can be mild or severe, and usually passes after a little while.
During periods of anxiety, we might feel sweaty, shaky, short of breath and our hearts might even race. Anxiety can also cause behavioural changes, such as becoming overly cautious or irritated, which might lead us to avoid or put off things.
When anxiety becomes an issue, it can cause everyday worries to grow out of proportion. It means that the individual experiencing anxiety feels that it is more ‘intense’ than usual and it is overwhelming. In this case, it can often interfere with everyday life.
Is anxiety ‘normal’?
Every Mind Matters say that anxiety is something everyone will have experienced, and in fact feeling anxious is a natural reaction to situations that we experience everyday.
However, sometimes anxiety can feel overwhelming or ‘out of proportion’ to the situation. Sometimes this can lead to it affecting and impacting on your daily life, including in your job, family, home and personal life.
It is particularly normal to feel worried about the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Read below to find out more about anxiety and COVID-19.
Anxiety and COVID-19
We are all living through unparalleled and uncertain times. The COVID-19 crisis is something that many of us across the world have no recent memory of – it is new territory which has disrupted our usual routines.
If you feel that you would like extra support during this crisis that is connected to coronavirus, visit the NHS’ Every Mind Matter tips page. Talk to your colleagues, friends and family and remember that you are not alone. As a family, St John’s Winchester are here to support you and each other.
Resources for Anxiety
- NHS Audio Guides: The NHS have produced a series of audio guides to support you and reduce feelings of anxiety and stress. You can access the audio guides by clicking the link.
- The King’s Fund has a new entry in their ‘Leading through COVID-19’ series. It is a helpful a guide which focuses on four strategies for surviving and managing anxiety about loss.
Everyone has different levels of fitness and this should be acknowledged. However, during lockdown it is important to keep the body moving to ensure you remain happy and healthy.
The NHS state that adults should do some type of physical activity every day. Any type of activity is good for you, no matter how small.
NHS Fitness Studio
The NHS have an online ‘fitness studio’ with lots of links and information about classes, including:
- Aerobic exercise
- Strength and resistance
- Pilates and yoga
- Other fitness plans
Visit the vitual Fitness Studio here.
Quick Exercises for Time Saving
We all lead busy lives and it can be difficult to fit regular exercise around a bust schedule of working and home life.
- 10 Minute Workouts: Provided by the NHS, here is a link to a series of short 10 minute exercise classes and routines.