Looking after your own spiritual well-being – Feedback

Looking after your own spiritual well-being – Feedback

Your Own Wellbeing
Thanks for participating in the course. We hope that you found it interesting and a productive learning experience. Maybe there were even some surprises along the way. What Next? There is just one more thing we would like to ask of you. Please could you provide us with some feedback so that we are able to improve the course for the next learners. It’s easy, just reply to this email with your answers to the following 2 questions: What will you do differently because of doing this course? Would you recommend this course to your colleagues and why? Remember that you can also use your learning from the course to gain an Open Badge. We also hope that you are keen to do another course in our programme. Click on…
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Day 5: Your spiritual well-being matters!

Day 5: Your spiritual well-being matters!

Your Own Wellbeing
We have come to the end of the course. We hope that you are more aware of why your spiritual well-being matters and have developed some new habits for looking after yourself. You should also feel more informed about how your organisation can support you through emotionally demanding situations. At the start of the course we highlighted how reflective activities are an opportunity to think about your experiences and in the podcasts, you have heard from frontline staff about the importance of reflection. Today’s activity involves reflecting on your learning from the week. There is no podcast today as we want you to focus on your learning and we would encourage you to share your reflections with your ‘go-to’ person, your supervisor or mentor, or other trusted colleagues. Activity –…
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Day 4: Getting support when I need it

Day 4: Getting support when I need it

Your Own Wellbeing
Clearly, there are actions that we can take and habits that we can develop to look after our spiritual well-being on a day to day basis. But it is also clear that there may be times when an experience is more demanding on an individual such as supporting someone at the end of their life or coping with your own grieving. There may be a need for more formal or dedicated support to be provided. Each organisation: the care home, the hospital or the community provider, will have different provisions for supporting staff. This may include supervision, time-out, or counselling. For example, staff at one NHS hospital that we talked to, told us about how staff have a range of support options including 1:1 confidential support and informal group support.…
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Day 3: What if… story of a care worker

Day 3: What if… story of a care worker

Your Own Wellbeing
So far, we have looked at why the spiritual well-being of front line care staff is important for building individual resilience in the emotionally demanding environment of social and health care. We hope that you enjoyed trying out some of the practical ways that you can use to help you to cope day to day. Today we are going a bit deeper to hear about one care worker’s experiences of a difficult and emotional situation, what it felt like and what she did to look after her own needs and spiritual well-being. ‘Ellie’s Story’ is a good example of why it is important to be aware of your needs and to look after your spiritual well-being. It is a positive story which shows how Ellie draws strength from her experience…
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Day 2: How can I look after my spiritual well-being?

Day 2: How can I look after my spiritual well-being?

Your Own Wellbeing
Welcome to day 2. Yesterday’s activity was about becoming more aware of your own spiritual needs and well-being. Today we will explore some of the practical ways that can be useful for coping with the emotional demands of the care workplace. For many people, looking after their own spiritual needs includes activities that help them to reflect on their day to day experiences. This might be going for a walk, making time to talk to someone you trust or simply taking some time out. For some people, attending services and taking part in rituals relevant to their religious faith provides the place for reflection and renewal. Others like to participate in physical or creative activities outside of work such as swimming or art. All these actions, used regularly, help individuals…
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Day 1: Why is my spiritual well-being important?

Day 1: Why is my spiritual well-being important?

Your Own Wellbeing
Welcome to Day 1 of the course. Today is about what we mean by ‘spiritual well-being’ and why your spiritual well-being is important. We know that people working in caring roles face emotional demands in their day to day work: providing personal care, comfort at the end of someone’s life, supporting families or simply dealing with the daily caring tasks. Over the next 5 days we will explore why it is important to look after yourself or your ‘spiritual well-being’. We will look at different ways of coping or letting off steam, and how to get support in emotionally demanding situations when you need it. We start the course by looking at what we mean by ‘spiritual well-being’ and why it matters. Just as it is important to support the…
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Day 0: Spiritual Care Matters e-learning course – Welcome

Day 0: Spiritual Care Matters e-learning course – Welcome

Your Own Wellbeing
Spiritual Care Matters 2 – Looking after your own spiritual well-being is designed to enable frontline staff in care homes, home care staff, health care workers and volunteers who support the needs of older people to look after their own spiritual well-being. The course complements Spiritual Care Matters – Supporting the spiritual needs of older people. It has been developed by Faith in Older People. I am Lesley Greenaway and along with Colin Gray we will be sending you the course materials each day by email. What will I learn about? The course explores the importance of looking after yourself and identifies ways of coping and getting support in emotionally demanding situations. By the end of the course we think you will know why it is important to take care…
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