Looking after yourself

You need to maintain your own wellbeing in order to work effectively with children or young people and to provide support to your colleagues.

Here are some tips to help maintain wellbeing:

  • Look after yourself physically, through a healthy diet, regular exercise and getting enough sleep.
  • Foster and maintain your close personal relationships, such as your connections with friends and family.
  • Develop some interests and friendships outside of your work environment.
  • Make time for some positive activities for yourself, that will help you to relax and have fun.
  • Strive for balance between your professional role and your personal life; try to leave work issues at work.
  • Limit the use of alcohol and other substances; don’t rely on these for relaxation.
  • Learn how to monitor and manage you stress in positive ways, e.g. through exercise, relaxation, breathing, yoga, etc.
  • Find a mentor through your workplace or professional networks and use that person’s support to help you grow professionally and personally.
  • Provide support and encouragement for colleagues, give constructive feedback and be a role model for others.
  • If you have spiritual beliefs, make time for regular spiritual practice, or relationships with others who share your philosophy. 
  • Reach out for support when you need it – from colleagues, friends, family, your GP, a psychologist, or an employee assistance program through your workplace.

Look after yourself

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