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Self-Care and Wellbeing

During the Coronavirus pandemic there has been more burden placed on HR Professionals, managers, and employees.

The pandemic has changed:

  • The way people live;
  • The way people work.

The way of life over the last 6 months has been completely different to what anyone has known before. Lockdown has seen workplaces, non-essential shops, pubs and restaurants, gyms, parks, cinemas, theatres, sports events and concerts all close or be cancelled and everyone was told to stay at home to protect each other.

During difficult and changing times, it is important that people reflect and take the time to take care of themselves so they can help and look after others.

It is important people:

  • Take time to reflect;
  • Practice self-care tips;
  • Manage stress.


Personal resilience is the ability to cope and deal with situations and pressures. Everyone’s journey and resilience is different, and is dependent on a wide range of factors.

Resilience helps us to deal with:

  • Change;
  • Increasing expectations;
  • Economic uncertainty;
  • Limited resources;
  • Adversity.

Resilience helps us to:

  • Adapt to new situations in a positive way;
  • Cope with challenges;
  • Adjust quickly to new demands;
  • Reach out to new experiences.

 Influence and Control 

The circle of influence and control is a tool created by Stephen Covey. It is used to help people to look at the things that concern them and the things that they have control over.

The aim of this is to help people to see what things they can have influence over and can change and what things they do not have any control over.

Usually people realise that the things they stress and worry over are the things that they simply can’t control, but by changing their attitude or response to them can bring them relief.


Self-Care Practices

There are various ways we can self-care for ourselves. Effective self-care practices can include:

  • Exercise; walking, bike riding or going to the gym;
  • Talking to someone;
  • Mediation/Mindfulness;
  • Having a bath/relaxation technique;
  • Having a hobby; knitting, cake decorating, gardening, being part of a club.


Wellbeing is defined as the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy. It is the experience of health and happiness and includes good mental health, high life satisfaction, a sense of meaning or purpose and ability to manage stress.

On more simple terms wellbeing is just about feeling well.

There are five ways to contribute to wellbeing, these are:

  1. Stay Connected;
  2. Be Active;
  3. Take Notice;
  4. Keep Learning;
  5. Give.

Stay Connected with:

  • A virtual coffee meetup;
  • Hosting an online quiz;
  • Video Calling family or friends;
  • Making a playlist for someone.

Be active by:

  • Ensuring exercise is part of your daily routine;
  • Taking regular breaks from work/sitting and stretch muscles;
  • Downloading a fitness app;
  • Going for a walk.

Take Notice of:

  • Things you are grateful for at the end of each day;
  • Practicing mindful mediation;
  • Nature, the seasons and the surroundings around you.

Keep learning by:

  • Learning a new word or phrase each day;
  • Enrolling onto a course of interest to you;
  • Teaching yourself a new skill.


  • Volunteer time to someone in need;
  • Make someone laugh;
  • Perform an act of kindness.

If you would like further information, please contact Clover HR on 0121 516 0299 or email us at info@cloverhr.co.uk

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