With care staff acting as the beating heart of a home, we outline five wellbeing activities you could introduce for your team to ensure they’re looked after and therefore working efficiently.

Mindfulness Sessions
Conducting regular mindfulness or meditation sessions for staff can be great in helping to reduce stress, improve focus, and promote overall mental wellbeing. Seeking an external expert and getting them in once or twice a month for guided meditation, deep breathing exercises, or simple mindfulness practices can be effective, both short and long-term.

Wellness Workshops
Look to organise workshops or seminars focusing on various aspects of wellness. Specific topics could include stress management, nutrition and healthy eating habits, effective communication, time management, or even financial wellness – all aspects which have knock-on effect to an individual’s health and wellbeing. Once again, bringing in experts to lead these sessions can be highly beneficial for your care staff.

Physical Activities
Exercise has profound effects on mental wellbeing. It releases endorphins, which act as natural mood lifters, reducing stress, anxiety, and symptoms of depression. Regular exercise can also improve sleep quality, increase energy levels, and boost self-esteem. Encourage physical exercise amongst staff by organising fitness classes, such as yoga, Pilates, or simple stretching exercises at the home. You can also organise walking groups or set up a small gym area with basic equipment where the residents can get involved too.

Creative or Artistic Outlets
Creative activities have been linked to reduced anxiety and depression symptoms. They offer an outlet for processing emotions and can serve as a therapeutic tool in therapy or self-care routines.
Offering creative activities can work as a form of relaxation and expression. This might involve art therapy sessions, craft workshops, or even music therapy. Providing an outlet for creative expression can be incredibly therapeutic and stress-relieving for staff members.

Peer Support Groups or Counselling
As the saying goes, a problem shared is a problem halved. Establish support groups or counselling services where staff can discuss challenges, share experiences, let off steam and receive guidance or feedback is essential in adopting a comfortable work environment. By introducing these groups, you can provide a safe space for team members to address work-related stress and non-work problems, build camaraderie, and seek advice from colleagues or professional counsellors. If staff members are surrounded my other individuals who are in the same situation, they are more likely to open up emotively.