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Claim some breathing space

Be kind to your digestive system

Give yourself permission to sleep

Keep your part of the bargain

Be alert to stress

Psychological aspects

Best use of time and energy

Soaking up the pressure

What are you afraid of?

Information management

Being valued for who you are

Social aspects

Working together

Learning from each other

When enough is enough

Being assertive

Spiritual aspects

On the same wavelength

A respectful and compassionate workplace?

3. Looking after yourself at home: Strategies and food for thought

Physical aspects

When exercise seems like another demand

Remind yourself to relax

Taking the heat off

Taking YOUR health seriously

Psychological aspects

Telling yourself you’re great!

You and the bigger picture

Mutual respect

Social aspects

Taking advantage?

Social pressure

Spiritual aspects

The future you

An all-consuming passion?

A sense of wonder

4. Conclusion


Guide to Further Learning



Other learning resources by Sue Thompson

About Avenue Media Solutions

At Avenue Media Solutions we are passionate about helping people learn. We do this in two ways. The Avenue Learning Centre publishes and distributes learning resources for the people professions and for anyone interested in developing their people skills.

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About the author

Dr Sue Thompson currently works as a director of Avenue Consulting Ltd, more specifically in its publishing wing. She has recently completed her postgraduate research into well-being in old age – more specifically, reciprocity in the care of older people. Sue has extensive experience in the caring professions, at the practitioner level as a nurse, care manager and social worker, and also in social work education as a mentor and practice teacher. She has also worked for the Open University as an associate tutor.

In her career as a writer, Sue has written, and co-written, a number of articles, book chapters, books and learning resources, including The Critically Reflective Practitioner, co-written with Neil Thompson and published by Palgrave Macmillan. She has also written the Avenue Power Learning Guides on job interviews and procrastination and has co-written an Avenue Power Learning Guide on active listening and an e-book on tackling low self-esteem.

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Well-being is an important topic which is increasingly being recognised as encompassing, but being more than, just good health. Important though good health is to a general sense of well-being, there are other factors that make a difference – a sense of purpose or worth, for example – and in this e-book I explore some of those other dimensions. But I also acknowledge how difficult it can be to keep your own well-being up there on your ‘to do list’ when life gets hectic – the very point when the last thing you need is for your well-being to be challenged.

I begin by raising awareness of, or reminding you that, it is important to not lose sight of your own needs when working hard to