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Looking after your own wellbeing

During times of heightened stress, there is a tendency to put your own health and wellbeing second. However, in order to provide the best possible care for your patients, you have to try and make some time to care for yourself.

On this page you will find some useful information on how to look after your own wellbeing. From handy tips from NHS Lothian’s Head of Occupational Health Physiotherapy, Amanda Jones and her team, to useful websites where you can find even more information to make some easy adjustments to your daily routine.


Sleep is important to help us feel rested and ready to take on our day. If you are struggling with sleep start by reading Top 10 Healthy Sleep Habits.

The NHS have also put together lots more information on how to get to sleep.

Working at a desk

Many of us have been working from home throughout this pandemic. It can be easy to focus and concentrate on work, and forget to take regular breaks. Try to incorporate these working from home desk based exercises and feel the benefit of taking a bit of time to look after yourself.


If you feel you need to re-energise your body, take a 5 Minute Cardio Break and try these exercises, they are easy to do and will take no time at all.

Five ways to improve your wellbeing

There has been lots of evidence about five ways to improving your wellbeing – check out this short list of thing you can do to make some simple changes. From connecting with others to taking more notice of your surroundings, small adjustments can make a big difference.

Wellbeing Lothian

You can find lots more advice and information on supporting your wellbeing and mental health on the fantastic NHS Lothian, Wellbeing Lothian website, which is packed with resources on a wide range of topics from managing stress, improving your mood or increasing your energy.

Did you know you can apply for funding for a staff wellbeing space?