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Self Care for Life Today and Every Day?


COPEScotland is delighted to be working with QNIS, Capacitar (Scotland) on a project supported by the COVID-19 Healthcare Support Appeal (CHSA).  

Practise Self Care for Life was the theme for 2021. The Self Care Forum has been organising Self Care Week since 2011. 

COPEScotland is delighted to be working with QNIS, Capacitar (Scotland) on a project supported by the COVID-19 Healthcare Support Appeal (CHSA). 

An initiative to explore recovery and resilience with community nurses and midwives as we collectively reflect on the COVID-19 journey so far. 

There are various strands to this piece of work, and please visit www.qnis.org.uk for more information.

COPEScotland has been working with the Health and Social Care Alliance (The Alliance) and other partners for some time now, exploring how we promote self-management and self-care. 

Often when people are in a caring role for others, they can neglect their self-care. 

We were pleased to link with QNIS, Capacitar (Scotland), to co-produce the Nurses and Midwives wellbeing resource booklet.

We are also delighted to have a project, ''More Choices for More People'' a COPEScotland self-management for Scotland funded project.  The Health and Social Care Alliance (The Alliance) was administered on behalf of the Scottish Government with support from the William Grant Foundation

We also want to share wellbeing tips with those in a caring role for others as part of this.

The resource booklet does not seek to replace professional advice. It is a resource that offers some self-care ideas and points for reflection and information about services and supports. 

This is a booklet which you can dip in and out of as suits your needs.

The contents include:

  • Tips on the art of communication: sometimes, even though we care for others, we can find it challenging to share how we are feeling.
  • Helplines
  • Assessing your wellbeing
  • Tips for visualisation
  • Goal setting snakes and ladders
  • Tips for journaling
  • Compassion fatigue
  • Tips for managing guilt
  • Anxiety and low mood
  • Unhelpful coping strategies
  • Grief, Loss & Tears
  • Other life stressors
  • Finances & Welfare
  • Self-care and support for you
  • Spiritual Care
  • Activities to unwind
  • Make a personal promise today

This booklet was created because we care and believe your wellbeing matters too. 

We hope you find it helpful. 

COPEScotland recognises that many frontline workers have faced additional challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We intend to produce a series of these booklets for various groups, including teachers and staff who work in retail.

If you would like to know more, don't hesitate to get in touch with us. 

It is allowed to look after ourselves as well as everyone else. 

Self-care is not indulgent; it's a necessary behaviour for our wellbeing. 

You matter too...

"I found in my research that the biggest reason people aren't more self-compassionate is that they are afraid they'll become self-indulgent. They believe self-criticism is what keeps them in line. Most people have gotten it wrong because our culture says being hard on yourself is the way to be".

Kristen Neff

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