Web sites, downloads and documents
This quick and simple tick list can be completed in around five minutes to help you decide whether you need to take further action or whether you are managing pressure adequately.
If you do need to look a little deeper, this questionnaire is a more comprehensive version based on the HSE's six management standards.
Documents which can help you to deal with issues that you have identified: NHS Techniques, ISMA 7 Positives
The University's Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) have prepared leaflets on a range of topics
The charity International Stress Management Association has lots of useful tools, questionnaires and information available free when you sign up with an e-mail address.
The University's Staff Development web page contains links to the programme of internal training courses and resources, including the Development Toolkit (single sign-on required).
The NHS mood self-assessment tool takes only a few minutes and you get an instant result with links to other pages suggesting ways to improve your mental well-being in 5 areas:
- get active
- connect with others
- keep learning
- be aware of yourself and the world
- give to others.
Focus is a free 121-page e-book containing some simple but inspiring tools for dealing with the myriad distractions that lead us so easily into 'busy work' and get in the way of doing real work.
The Mental Health Foundation booklet Doing Good Does You Good includes simple ideas for boosting your sense of wellbeing by helping others
Mindful Employer resources include:
Keeping Well at Work - practical steps to help staff experiencing stress, anxiety, or depression at any stage of work, sickness absence, or return to work;
Feeling Stressed: Keeping Well - This workbook may be helpful in working to overcome distressing symptoms that can arise from excessive pressure wherever or however it occurs.
Take 11 Minutes (YouTube video) explains how our minds can lead us into unhelpful thinking habits. Mindfulness is introduced as a tool for remaining calm under pressure, and helpful and unhelpful ways of responding to change are explored.
Simple breathing techniques to help you calm nerves: ISMA 60 Second Tranquilliser
Free Mindfulness has free resources to learn mindfulness meditations.
Action for Happiness contains a wealth of ways to make a positive impact on your life both at work and away from work, with plenty of free downloads and video links. Note this is a commercial web site and not all its content/products are free. The free products are worth exploring (we are unable to endorse commercial products).