‘When I was being undermined at work it affected my self-esteem. I began to question the other relationships I had at work and wondered if others also secretly disliked me. I started to avoid situations where I thought I would be undermined again. It really impacted on both my effectiveness and enjoyment at work. Even outside of work, I found that it affected my behaviour and put strain on my personal relationships.’
A junior doctor
It is important not to underestimate the effect of being subjected to, witnessing and even working to resolve poor workplace behaviours on your wellbeing. Seeking support is really key. Below are some resources to support your own wellbeing.
For midwives & nurses
Resilience is the ‘ability to bounce back in the face of adversity, and to develop coping mechanisms and techniques to deal with stressful situations and life challenges’.
Resilience is not about needing to respond to stressful situations unaided but can provide tools to help when one is going through a difficult time.
Remember to talk, exercise, eat well, and do things you enjoy.
Mindfulness is noticing or ‘paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you’.
There are many independent resources, apps, courses and books available in this area.