Health and Wellbeing

Here you will find a list of useful resources on how best to look after your mental health and well-being while working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, there are many things we can do to support and manage our wellbeing during such times.

The National Archives: Training Workshops: Maintaining our wellbeing and mental health in the new workplace

The National Archives is pleased to offer a new course called 'Maintaining our wellbeing and mental health in the new workplace'. Consisting of three 90-minute interactive, online workshops, this course will enable archive leaders to help their team members, volunteers and colleagues to maintain and enhance their wellbeing and avoid the triggers of mental ill health in the face of our current challenges.

The workshops will be run in small groups of 10 and will involve a small amount of theory. This will be followed by confidential practice sessions in pairs (using Zoom breakout rooms). The practice sessions will be supported by guides, scripts and templates to enable the participants to use the techniques back in the workplace in an effective way.

If you would like to take part in the course, please attend all three modules. We're running each module several times to help accommodate different schedules. Please book one timeslot for each of the modules below:

Module 1:

Module 2:

Module 3:

About the modules

Module 1: Wellness Action Planning

This workshop will enable you to support the people you manage (and your colleagues) to develop wellness action plans. This technique, developed by Mind, provides the opportunity for structured, personalised discussions. These discussions establish the approaches that line managers and colleagues can adopt to maintain and enhance people's wellbeing and help avoid the triggers of mental ill health.

You will leave the workshop with the following:

* A clear understanding of the concept of wellness action planning and how it can be integrated into broader personal development processes

* The foundation knowledge to develop and agree wellness action plans with your team and colleagues

* Ideas on how to implement the wellness action planning process in your organisation

Module 2: Continuing to Grow

This workshop will enable you to support the people you manage to focus on continual development of their knowledge, skills, behaviours and ways of thinking, despite the challenges of our time.  Evidence tells us that this is a key element of personal wellbeing.

You will leave the workshop with the foundation knowledge to support your team to:

*            establish personal vision and values

*            set daily goals

*            developing self-awareness (as opposed to self-analysis)

*            plan personal development

Module 3: Creating Healthy Balance

Maintaining a balanced lifestyle underpins wellbeing....but we all know it's hard!  This workshop will enable you to support the people you manage and your colleagues to create and maintain this balance in their lives.

You will leave the workshop with a clear understanding of the components of a 'balanced lifestyle' and powerful techniques to support your team and colleagues (and friends and family!) to:

*            change their habitual behaviour patterns relating to lifestyle and diet

*            create a daily structure

*            refresh their routines!

These sessions will be run in small groups of ten people per group, each session will be run three times. This programme of workshops will also be supported by a set of wellbeing gym sessions which will be filmed and accessible via The National Archives web pages.

These workshops have been written by and will be delivered by Steve Wood on behalf of The National Archives. Steve is a coach, facilitator, consultant and author, specialising in wellbeing, resilience and problem solving.

Public Health Agency: A simple to follow guide from the Public Health Agency on the five steps to looking after your mental health.
NHS Every Mind Matters: useful advice around stress, anxiety, trouble sleeping, low mood and where to get urgent support if needed. There is also support should you know of close ones that are struggling with their mental health through this time.
Government guidance: advice from the UK government on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Mental Health Foundation: tips on looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak, along with guidance on how to talk to your children about the pandemic.
Mind: practical advice for staying at home and taking care of your mental health and wellbeing from the Mind, the mental health charity.
Working from home: NHS guidance on working from home
Bereavement Counselling and Support:

An explanation from the mental health charity, Mind, about types of bereavement and bereavement support:

Advice from ACAS on taking time off for bereavement:

Advice from Harvard Medical School about coping with the mental health impact of COVID-19: