Supporting the current workforce

Health and wellbeing

Advice for those working in adult social care on managing your mental health and wellbeing

Mental wellbeing

The following are key steps to supporting your mental health:

  • add structure to your day and try to get into the habit of a daily routine – you might find it helpful to write a plan for your day or your week. It’s also important to keep doing things you enjoy as this can give you some relief from anxious thoughts and feelings and can boost your mood
  • exercise – take a look at our section on physical wellbeing below. Your physical health has a big impact on your mental wellbeing. Your body releases endorphins when you exercise, which provide stress relief and also boost your mood
  • connect with people – maintaining relationships with people you trust is important for your mental wellbeing. Try and stay in touch with family and friends via telephone, video or social media, particularly if you are feeling anxious
  • try not to continuously check the news – 24-hour news and constant social media updates can make you more worried. If this is having an impact on you, try to limit the time you spend engaging with the media coverage of the outbreak. It may help to only check the news at set times during the day
  • maintain a regular sleep pattern – good-quality sleep can have a positive impact on how you feel both mentally and physically. Every Mind Matters gives advice on how to get a good night’s sleep
  • seek help if you are struggling – you can send a message with FRONTLINE to 85258 to start a conversation with Shout’s messaging support service. If you want to speak with someone directly, you can call Samaritans on 0300 131 7000 between 7am and 11pm every day. There are a number of other helplines that can offer expert advice

Every Mind Matters provides comprehensive support, tips and ideas on mental health and wellbeing.

Building resilience and managing stress and anxiety

It’s important to find new ways of coping with increased pressure and being able to recover from difficulties. Skills for Care has a guide on how to build personal resilience. The guide includes tasks for you to complete that help you to recognise pressure and stress. It provides advice on developing your resilience through emotional intelligence, accurate thinking and realistic optimism.

MindEd provides free educational resource on children, young people, adults and older people’s mental health and has a coronavirus staff resilience hub to help manage the mental health and wellbeing of frontline staff.

The Every Mind Matters page on anxiety provides good advice on managing worries that you may be having.

Further information and support

For further information and support, take a look at:

Physical wellbeing

Try to keep active. If you are able to, go outside for a walk, run or bike ride once a day, as fresh air is extremely beneficial for your mental health.

If you are not able to exercise outdoors, there are several online workouts that you can follow at home. Public Health England provides free, easy 10-minute workouts and the NHS Fitness Studio also has a collection of accessible exercise videos.

Take care of your basic needs, as set out by the World Health Organization (WHO):

Ensure rest and respite during work or between shifts, eat sufficient and healthy food, engage in physical activity, and stay in contact with family and friends. Avoid using unhelpful coping strategies such as tobacco, alcohol or other drugs. In the long term, these can worsen your mental and physical wellbeing.

Financial wellbeing

Financial wellbeing is about a sense of security and feeling as though you have enough money to meet your needs. It’s about being in control of your day-to-day finances and having the financial freedom to make choices that allow you to enjoy life.

Additional resources

Mind provides advice on managing debt and the positive steps you can take to address this.

Citizen’s Advice offers advice on what to do if you are struggling to pay your bills. This includes rent, council tax, mortgage, energy bills, court orders and tax bills. It is important that these bills are not ignored as this can make the situation worse. Please do read the advice and seek support to help you out.

You can contact the National Debtline for free, confidential and independent advice on dealing with debt problems.

The Money Advice Service is an independent service set up by government that works to improve people’s financial wellbeing across the UK and gives free, impartial money advice.

It provides guidance across a wide range of money matters, including a number of useful tools and calculators to help people manage their money. If your finances have been impacted by COVID-19 the Money Navigator Tool can help you identify the support you may need and provide tailored information and guidance.


If you have any concerns

It is important that your rights as a worker are protected, especially during these challenging times. Similarly, you have a professional duty to act if you are concerned that the safety of those that you care for is at risk. If you have any concerns about employment practices, it’s important that you raise these.

First, any concerns should be raised with your senior management team. There will be guidance in your workplace about what to do.

You can contact your union or professional body, if you have one, for advice about what to do if you have concerns. They can play a helpful role in trying to resolve any problems you may be facing and improve workplace practice.

Finally, if you want to report a serious case of bad practice or have been unsuccessful in resolving any issues with your organisation, you can contact CQC and local council safeguarding teams.

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