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Taking care of our healthcare staff during COVID-1

Healthcare staff across the UK are doing an amazing job during the Coronavirus outbreak, but you too are human and of course have concerns and anxieties about how to deal with the situation, particularly when on the frontline. No matter how qualified and experienced you are it is normal to have self-doubts, anxieties and fears at times about the Covid-19 virus.

St Andrew's Consultant Psychologist and Trauma Response Lead Dr Annette Greenwood has put together some tips for healthcare staff on how to take care of yourself during this crisis.   

Dr Annette Greenwood's tips for looking after yourself:

  • Remember you are reacting normally to a very abnormal situation at work and at home
  • You have the skills to do your role
  • You are not alone, everyone is feeling anxious
  • Ensure you speak with colleagues - talking things through is helpful
  • Keep hydrated, drinking water and fluids regularly
  • Remember to eat the brain functions better when it's fed
  • Try to avoid too much caffeine or stimulates such as coffee and alcohol
  • Sleep is the key to healthy psychological well-being
  • Lastly, don’t be your worst critic, you really are doing okay

Do not be worried about reaching out for help and support; your managers are there to help you. Many organisations have an employee support programme, which is completely confidential and can be accessed 24/7, so do use this.

The Samaritans are also open 24/7 if you feel like your mental health is deteriorating. You can call them on 116 123.

As professionals we're often too busy looking after others that we forget to look after ourselves. Make sure you continue to keep your mental health in check as well as your physical health during this crisis.

Stay safe.