As we move into the second year of the pandemic, many of us will be reflecting on our personal strategies to maintain resilience and wellbeing.
Across the population, resilience has been relatively high during the pandemic. However, as the longevity of the pandemic increases and fatigue sets in, the ability to adopt and maintain coping strategies may be becoming more challenging.
Evidence also tells us that those in caring roles often wait until they are very unwell before seeking help. That is why it is so important to do what we can to look after our mental and physical health and wellbeing – now more than ever – and to reach out if you need support.
As part of an article for the forthcoming edition of the SCoR’s Imaging and Oncology publication, I have collated evidence-based approaches to maintain health and wellbeing during the pandemic. Below I have picked out five of those approaches that you and your colleagues could think about now, and which you could discuss further as a way of identifying other methods of coping that might help you as individuals or as a team.
Thank you for everything you are doing for others. Your role has been – and will be – invaluable. However, you can only continue to help others if you look after yourself, so consider this part of your professional duty and not just a ‘nice to do’.