Prioritising your mental and physical health
It’s been an incredibly busy winter period for the NHS with high-demand across all services. At this pressured time it can be easy to lose sight of your own and team’s wellbeing, which makes it all the more important.
The Mind & Body Health and Wellbeing toolkit was developed during the pandemic for all staff across health and care services, and includes wellbeing tips and ideas, bitesize sessions on a variety of topics that can be independently led by teams, as well as information and links to existing resources for staff.
Wellbeing tips and ideas
Mind & Body Champions developed a number of tips and ideas to support team morale, connection and wellbeing. Take a look at the ideas below and decide with your team what you can adopt as a wellbeing activity:
In the office
- Graffiti board – space for staff to anonymously document feelings/off-loading thoughts;
- Noticeboard advertising wellbeing tips, training, staff recognition, good news stories – kept up to date by Champions;
- ‘Greatex’ (opposite of Datex) – an online compliment card staff can email to each other.
- ‘Foodie Friday’ – everyone sits down together for lunch on a Friday;
- Go out for ‘Pay day’ lunch;
- Bring and share lunch days;
- Lunchtime walk;
- Team commitment to everyone taking their lunch break;
- Eat outside or somewhere not nearby your computer.
- Use morning/afternoon huddles to check in on how people are feeling;
- Wellbeing item on every meeting agenda;
- Share morning/afternoon tea at meetings;
- ‘Walk and talk’ meetings;
- Include a stretch/easy to do exercise at the beginning and end of meetings.
- Use the skills of staff (i.e. yoga skills) to run free classes for staff;
- Daily or weekly mindfulness sessions;
- Promote upcoming events on wellbeing and training for clinical/personal development;
- Staff development/study days to include wellbeing item.
Checking in and time out
- Weekly ‘what’s happening’ and staff achievement email circular;
- Quiet room space;
- Peer support sessions or clinical reflection sessions every fortnight/month (group counselling);
- ‘Break and walk’ time.
- Cards and cake to celebrate birthdays and other important dates;
- Regular and optional after work get togethers;
- Whatsapp group for communication and to organise get togethers;
- Organise a team fundraising activity.
Independent team-led sessions
The Mind & Body toolkit also provides a number of sessions which you can use to deliver education and information to colleagues in the following areas:
- Constructing personal values;
- Being active;
- Reducing burnout and compassion fatigue;
- Hydration and nutrition;
- Talking about mental health.
The idea is these sessions will be delivered by any member of a team. We don’t expect you to be an expert on the topic but hope that the information will prompt discussion and people’s own ideas about looking after their mind and body health. Teams are encouraged to adapt these sessions to suit the needs of their teams and look at specific resources available to you within your organisation.
Within the toolkit there are also a number of links to existing wellbeing services, training and resources available to you and your colleagues.
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