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Six steps to improving mental wellbeing at work

11/10/2017 Joanne O'Connell 0

From managing your hours to exercise, here are simple tips on how to de-stress and foster wellbeing at workThree in five employees have experienced mental health issues in the past year because of work, according to a YouGov survey commissioned by char…

How yoga and meditation can help social care workers deal with trauma

18/09/2017 Camille Darroux 0

Dedicating time to improving workers’ wellbeing, through meditative and mindful practices, could vastly benefit patient care

Because of the resilience and selflessness that their job requires, many social care professionals – including Molly Rose Zametkin, a 29-year-old primary therapist based in Washington DC – rely on yoga, meditation and mindfulness to cope. These activities give Zametkin the chance to take time for herself, which, she says, helps her better care for others.

This view is shared widely across the industry, including by London-based yoga teacher Kat Achtelik, who participated in several NGO-led projects in Asia before moving to the UK. For her, practicing yoga and meditation comes down to self-love: “You cannot pour from an empty cup. You have to take care of yourself first, before catering for others.”

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What I wish I could tell my boss: ‘Telling you about my mental health was a big mistake’

01/09/2017 Anonymous 0

My job was a place where I could feel normal. That all changed when I informed you of my condition

Between my panic attacks and spells of mental numbness, work was a place where I felt more normal. Somewhere I was responsible. That changed after I spoke to you about my mental health.

When I informed you of my condition, it had gotten to the point where my illness was starting to affect me at work. Unable to get a good night’s sleep, I would wake up depressed and go to work feeling like a zombie.

Related: What I wish I could tell my boss: ‘I was broken, and you fixed me’

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‘Clients belittle you’: foreign social care workers on life in the UK

15/08/2017 Katherine Purvis 0

Social care workers who have moved to the UK explain how working here differs from their native countries

When Canadian Lindsey Brooks started working in the UK’s social care sector three years ago, one of the most startling differences she noticed was the lack of respect often shown to care workers. “Many clients are really hard on care workers; they belittle you and treat you quite poorly,” says Brooks, a client relationship manager for HomeTouch. “I think many clients view care workers as a personal housekeeper and that’s just not what they’re there for.”

Care workers are better respected in Canada, Brooks believes, because they’re better paid and because of the country’s reputation of having one of the world’s best healthcare systems. “If you’re lucky enough to have a caregiver that you get on with, people consider that a privilege.”

Related: ‘I work full-time yet can’t afford to meet my basic needs’: care workers speak out

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