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Looking after yourself

Looking after yourself

Before you can take care of patients effectively, you need to take care of yourself. Many of the “Top Tips” submitted by our health care support worker members reflect this.

Looking after yourself star tip

Star tip:

Never take your work home with you.

Looking after yourself

Looking after yourself

Chill

Go home happy, knowing you have put the person you are caring for at the centre of everything you do for them – then chill.

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Swim

The best way I find to unwind after a busy day is to go swimming and visit the sauna. This makes me feel totally stress-free and good about myself.

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Socialise

I like to relax by walking my two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and having meals with friends.

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Balance

Make sure you have a good balance between work and your personal life (for example, I recently reduced the number of hours I was working).

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Confide

I go for walks after work with my dog Meg: she's a great listener and doesn't repeat a word.

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Leave it at work

Make the most of your leave and don't stress about work issues outside of the workplace.

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Take time

Have regular "me time" and do whatever you fancy that day.

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Care for yourself

Don't forget self-care: when you care for yourself you can care for others.

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Relax

Listen to music on the way home – it helps you to relax and unwind.