Looking after youself is just as important as caring for your patients.
Our DCHS staff wellbeing team has planned a different focus or reflection for each month of 2019. We thought we would share this with you.
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February is: Friendly February & looking after Mental Health
February can be a difficult month for our mental health which is why we’ve chosen this time to launch our brand new Wellness Action Plan (WAP - coming soon).
This is primarily a tool for employee and line manager to start a conversation about mental health and capture anything that may affect their mental health within the workplace.
The main aim is to provide resources, skills and advice to prevent people from going off sick long term. Developing a Wellness Action Plan can help employees to actively support their own mental health by reflecting on the causes of stress and poor mental health, and by taking ownership of practical steps to help address these triggers. You may also find some useful ideas for dealing with patients, family members and friends.
This month we are also exploring the idea of Gratitude.
Gratitude, put simply, is the act of appreciating something or being in a state of being grateful to someone or to something. Carrying a gratitude journal will allow you to document your thoughts at any given moment and will also enable you to appreciate the small achievements and goals that you achieve.
A simple activity to practice gratitude would be to think of one thing that you’re grateful for when your wake up in the morning. The small things can become forgotten when we all have busy schedules but having that chance to appreciate the things you already have whilst working towards what you want is essential for good mental health.