On the back of World Mental Health Day we want to ensure that all health and care staff know there is wellbeing support when they need it.
We know you have faced incredible pressures over the last 18 months and continue to fight the virus on the frontline.
But there is no shame in asking for a little help when you’re struggling. It’s OK not to be OK let’s do this together!
We have included five simple top tips that anyone can do to help improve their mental wellbeing.
The first is to get active and spend time outside. Lincolnshire is blessed with a vast array of beautiful walking spots and places to explore. A 30 minute walk in the brisk countryside breeze can do wonders for clearing the mind and allowing you to escape from the pressures and stress of home or work.
Secondly, connect with others. When you bottle up feelings, there is only so far you can go before the bottle overflows. It might still feel difficult to connect with family and friends, but even video and phone calls can help to remind you that you are not alone and get a fresh perspective.
Also, focus on what is in your control. It is easy fall in the trap of fearing the worst or getting worked up and stressed over the prospect of failing at a task. Take a deep breath and relax. There will be a lot of things you can break down to make it even easier for yourself. And for those things you can’t, don’t worry about them and just do your best.
Making time for hobbies you enjoy is a great way to unwind and relax. It will allow you to mix with new people and be more social. It will also give you things to look forward and give you a chance to burn off steam while channelling your energy in a positive way.
Finally, access mental health support if you need it.
The Staff Wellbeing Hub has been set up to provide a confidential space where staff can go to share their concerns and worries without the fear of being judged.
We have a dedicated website which has a range of resources available to staff including tips on how you can best improve your mental health. Also check out our latest newsletter highlighting just some of the things available.
Most of all, remember it is ok to not feel ok. But know you are never alone.