Self Care Week 2018: helping you to support your health and wellbeing
Self Care Week 12 - 18 November is an annual national awareness week that focuses on embedding support for self care across communities, families and generations.
Self care is about empowering us with the right information and advice to look after our own health and wellbeing, as well as our family’s, but also helping us to be aware of when professional support is needed. Self care focuses on better prevention, support for mental wellbeing, advice on self treatable conditions, signposting and health literacy.
Juice, the University’s health and wellbeing offer for staff, offers key information and support to help empower you to maintain your physical health and wellbeing through a range of activities and resources. Sport Sheffield offers staff discounts and deals to access the gymn, swimming pool and fitness classes, including free fitness passes for this week only.
Self care activities and advice
Juice mental health and wellbeing pages
Juice has launched a series of new web pages to support your mental wellbeing in and out of work. From strategies to help colleagues open up and share mental health issues, to personal stories to inspire and provide ideas. The pages also include ‘Five ways to mental wellbeing’ and a series of FAQs aimed at enabling you to identify the right support for your mental wellbeing with information from and signposting to external sources such as the Mind website.
November - a mindful month
This November we’re encouraging colleagues to consider using mindfulness as a technique to improve positive mental wellbeing and acknowledge and manage our thoughts and emotions. Mindfulness is the practice of focusing your attention on the present moment, using all of the senses to draw the mind back to now, and away from negative feelings and emotions from the past or fears about what might happen in the future.
Through Juice you can access the following support for mindfulness:
- An introduction to mindfulness - book your place through the Juice Platform for a session on Tuesday 13 November 12.30 - 1.15pm or Thursday 22 November 5.15-6pm introducing mindfulness, with self-guided practice and time for questions and discussions.
- Resources and guides to mindfulness - get a quick overview of mindfulness through the summary in Juice Bitesize, watch the webinars and videos on mindfulness tips, including a 3-minute breathing exercise you can do right now at your desk.
Staff helpline & counselling service
You can access help and support for you and immediate family members through our free confidential helpline and counselling service, from the independent external provider Health Assured. Through the service you can access practical help, information, advice and support to address and resolve problems and issues you may be facing at home or at work. The service is free, independent, confidential and available 24 hours a day.
Looking after your back
Your back takes a lot of strain and stress at work and out of work. To help improve back care and prevent back pain, Juice are delivering a workshop, as well as sharing a new video and information guides on what you can do to care for your back.
To celebrate Self Care Week Sport Sheffield is offering free Gym, Swim and fitness class passes this week. The pass lets you make use of everything Sport Sheffield has to offer including access to the pool, gym and classes. You can also visit as many times as you like between Monday 12 to Friday 16 November.
World Kindness Day 13 November
World Kindness Day takes place during Self Care Week on Tuesday 13 November. It’s a national day dedicated to celebrating kindness and compassion for others and ourselves by focusing on little acts of kindness you can do for others and how you can be more compassionate and forgiving with yourself.
Get involved in World Kindness Day:
- Pledge an act of kindness and share what you’re going to do with us on Twitter using the hashtag #WorldKindnessDay
- Share the most memorable acts of kindness you’ve experienced and say thanks on Twitter using the hashtag #WorldKindnessDay
- Donate warm clothing to the Cathedral Archer Project homeless charity as part of APSE Green Impact Team’s initiative. Donate these items and drop them off here.
- Be kind to the planet by supporting the work of your department’s Green Impact Team by helping with recycling, charity initiatives and other projects they’ll be running throughout the year. Don’t know who runs Green Impact in your department? Email Elspeth MacKellar, Sustainability Projects Assistant, at email@example.com
- Got any other tips on spreading kindness? Get in touch via Twitter or email firstname.lastname@example.org.