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Self Care - You matter too!

You are just as important as those you care for, if you don't take care of yourself how can you look after others?

Here are just a few reasons of how you can take care of yourself.


Sleep

Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.


Top ten things to enable you to get a good night’s sleep...


· Tech-free bedtime.

· Light, sound and temperature.

· Trying to force yourself to sleep.

· Eating rice, oats and dairy products can produce chemicals that increase our desire to sleep.

· Exercising on a regular basis can help us sleep, helping to reduce anxiety and relieve stress.

· Exercising earlier in the day is better If you have trouble sleeping.

· you may feel tempted to catch up on sleep by taking naps. However, unless you’re feeling dangerously sleepy, this usually does more harm than good as it makes it more difficult to sleep at night.

Healthy Eating


Here are three main reasons that will help remind you that eating healthy is the best choice to make for your diet: To provide the necessary nutrients that your body needs to create new cells, clean toxins, and to just function every day!

Healthy eating can Increase Motivation, Reduce Stress, reduce anxiety and improve your memory along with much more.

Dehydration

All Smeaton Healthcare colleagues are encouraged to make sure they have a good amount of fluids available to them when on shift or anywhere else for that matter. Despite rumours that CQC do not like staff drinking in front of residents - This is false, and you are encouraged by CQC to keep yourself hydrated when on shift.

Why is it important to keep Hydrated?

Dehydration is a condition that can occur when the loss of body fluids, mostly water, exceeds the amount that is taken in. With dehydration, more water is moving out of individual cells and then out of the body than the amount of water that is taken in through drinking.

When you become dehydrated the thicker and more concentrated your blood becomes, the harder it is for your cardiovascular system to compensate by increasing heart rate to maintain blood pressure. When your dehydrated body is 'pushed' – such as when exercising or faced with heat stress – the risk of exhaustion or collapse increases.

"You may have heard of the '8×8' rule, which promotes drinking at least eight 8-oz glasses of water a day (1.9 litres). “NHS experts advise that, in climates such as the UK, we should be drinking around 1.2 litres of water. That's roughly six to eight glasses a day."

(Please note that you should always check to make sure that the advice you have received is 100% correct)

Taking time out!

Taking time out for you is very important and is good for your Mental Health.

Meet up with friends, go for a walk, attend socials, meditation or even take a relaxing bath ... you are important too.

Taking a little time for yourself refreshes and re-energises you. It allows you to think more clearly and make better decisions. Taking “me” time also builds your self-esteem over time, as you come to realise that you are important and deserve to have a little time to yourself.

Remember to talk...

If you feel that things have become too much, talk to someone such as a colleague, friend or relative. Getting how you feel off your chest can enable you to feel the weight is lifted. This may not always solve how you feel but " an issue shared is an issue halved".

If talking to somebody you know doesn't work on this occasion, speak to your doctor, speaking up and saying how you feel is brave and there is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of.

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