Wellbeing Initiatives and Advice
Importance of Hydration
Healthcare workers have a higher risk of dehydration as they are often working in warm environments. Long, busy shifts with limited breaks and wearing PPE increase this risk. Please ensure you keep hydrated - drink plenty before your shift, sip a range of drinks as often as you can and top up during breaks. Adequate hydration and regular meals can reduce fatigue and anxiety and support concentration.
Ideas to support you:
Start your shift well hydrated. Drink at least 2-3 large glasses/mugs and bring a water bottle for your commute.
Thirst isn't the best indicator of hydration status so don't wait until you feel thirsty.
If you can't drink as much as usual, make sure you drink plenty during breaks.
Check your urine colour. Dark urine is a sign of dehydration. Aim to keep urine a pale straw colour.
Have a drink and go to the bathroom before going into PPE areas.
If your work environment is causing you to sweat heavily, consider using a sports drink designed to replenish electrolytes on a break or when you finish. Low fat milk will also work.
Don't skip meals. Regular meals will all help you stay hydrated and replenishes the micronutrients you lose throughout the day. Fruit and vegetables have a high water content.
Avoid excessive consumption of alcohol and caffeinated drinks.
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The following initiatives are on hold during the coronavirus outbreak but will be re-launched as soon as possible:
The hospital choir meet every Tuesday from 5pm to 6.30pm in the Chapel.
Couch to 5K
offer our staff a Couch to 5K programme. Supported by runners from the
local running clubs who work at DCH, we will encourage you and give you
tips. We will run/jog/walk from the hospital grounds around Dorchester
and some of the graduates from our first C25K may also join us to
Free Yoga Sessions
Please note that the Monday Yoga class will change to Tuesdays from 4 August. It will still be held in the Education Centre, 5.15pm to 6.15pm in Room 2.
Classes focus on strengthening the body, circulatory and immune systems, as well as reducing stress and giving us the resources to cope with added pressures during these interesting times. As Yoga is a whole body system, the focus is on staying healthy. If anyone has not been able to come on a Monday but would like to start on Tuesdays, let me know as numbers have to be limited for obvious reasons. If the day and time don't work, I'm happy to take you off the distribution list, just drop me a line.