May has seen both International Midwives Day (5th), and International Nurses Day (12th) – highlighting and celebrating all that you do – so what better way to round up the month by talking about looking after YOU.

It won’t surprise you to know that nurses and midwives make up the single biggest group of healthcare professionals employed by the NHS. That’s some 300,000+ strong. 

We have seen for ourselves the toll COVID-19 has taken on you. With staff sickness and nurse-to-patient ratios higher than we’ve ever seen, and endless hours in full PPE… not to mention the stress, anxiety and emotional strain of caring for others in a time like this… it’s been really, really tough.

So take some time out and put yourself first, for a bit, you deserve it.

Have a look at what resources are out there to support you from your professional organisations below. 

Then do have a look at the rest of the site… we’re sure you’ll find something to brighten up your day.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and Royal College of Midwives (RCM) both have a variety of COVID-specific as well as general wellbeing resources on their websites. These resources are open-access and available to all so do take a look around.

We’ve highlighted some specifics here you might find interesting.

Royal College of Nursing

COVID and Your Wellbeing

This website comes under the ‘Member Support Services’ and sign-posts to recommended resources for…

  • mental and emotional support including Frontline-19 and ‘Our Frontline‘; as well as
  • a host of apps for meditation and sleep management such as Headspace, Sleepio and Daylight.

One-to-One Counselling

Free and confidential service for personal or professional problems. Members only.

Phone them on 0345 772 6100.

They say the next available appointment is in 1 – 2 weeks.

Time and Space: Mindfulness

Practical tips you can use throughout your working day in this series of short videos to help you connect to yourself and be more present.

Each video is only 7 minutes long and quite relaxing to watch.

Healthy You – 7 Pillars

This page highlights the importance of, and encourages you to engage in self-care.

Self-care is the power we all hold as individuals to influence our level of wellbeing.

Royal College of Nursing

There are 7 main pillars to this self-care management:

  1. My Body
  2. My Mind
  3. My Heart
  4. My Spirit
  5. My Work
  6. My Career
  7. My Balance

These are explained in detail here.

There is also a downloadable checklist of strategies on how you can achieve this.

‘Stress and You’ publication

Downloadable booklet on identifying, reducing and managing stress; as well as further support.

Download here

Royal College of Midwives

‘Caring for You’ campaign

The campaign was set up in 2016 with the aim of ‘healthy and well-rested midwives and maternity support workers’

146 NHS organisations have apparently signed the campaign charter, which means there should be a local RCM rep near you on board with this. See the full list on their website.

There are also various resources from Slimming World on healthy lifestyle tips.

COVID Wellbeing Infographic

Common stresses and strategies to manage them…

Kindness Matters – Midwives: survive, thrive and transform

In a recent post on RCM Opinion, Senior Organiser Rae Trotter writes about mental health in maternity services in this climate.

Signposts to some useful resources such as Unmind, Headspace, Sleepio and Daylight.

We do hope you have found something positive and useful here, let us know in the comment section below.

Are there other resources you wish to share with your colleagues? Again, let us know below or get in touch via social media.

NOTE:all research and opinions are our own

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