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In times of crisis it is more important than ever to prioritise self-care and mental wellbeing. As the outbreak of COVID-19 impacts our communities, SLTs – like other healthcare workers – will be under significant pressure. The RSCLT has curated a wide range of links and resources to help support its members.

Resources

Emotional resilience helps us cope with change and manage stress. Resilience is also a quality of leadership – resilient people are better able to shape their environment and perceive change in terms of challenge rather than threat. 

Building resilience and managing self-care 

  • Set aside time each day to do something just for you! Try something new or pick up an old hobby, practice relaxation techniques or simply just chill.
  • Foster your interests and hobbies outside of study/work and find something that helps you relax, such as mindfulness, yoga, running, walking or singing.
  • Consider what support you might need in the workplace. Always be honest with your employers about how you’re feeling so that they can help you appropriately.
  • Remember to ask for help when you need it. No-one wants you to fail; asking for help is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of self-awareness.
  • Try new things and do things that take you out of your comfort zone: don’t be afraid to fail. 
  • Do a perspective check. Ask yourself: how will I feel about this situation in a year? Will it be water under the bridge?
  • Don’t expect to know everything, especially when starting a new post. Be confident in asking for help/guidance from more experienced/senior colleagues.
  • Build positive connections both in and out of work. Social media can be great in helping you to build a professional network of support.

Want more SLT self-care? Check out these top tips from our members.

Podcasts

The RCSLT’s learning team met up with Ruth Williams, Clinical Directorate Lead at iCares, in Sandwell and West Birmingham, to talk about the importance of self-care and resilience; and why it's key to consider what's going on under the surface for others.

Empathy, self-care and resilience, with Ruth Williams, Clinical Directorate Lead