Sharing is caring and eases stress

1 November 2021 • Community

Working from home during the Covid crisis has been the dream for some people, while it has undoubtedly been a stressful and anxious time for many others.

Which is why our Learning and Development Manager, Nicky Christie, knew that a workshop on Wellbeing, Resilience and Self-Care would benefit our charity partners, as much as it has our own team members.

“The last 18 months or so have been challenging for people in ways that many may not have thought possible,” said Nicky.

“Thankfully we’re a lot more open about mental health than ever, but often people don’t recognise that they, or their colleagues, are stressed or that their unhelpful thinking is having a negative impact on their wellbeing.”

Nicky ran a workshop for a cohort of eight from our charity partners, the YMCA Trinity Group, to help them identify the symptoms of stress and to help them stay safe.

“People often don’t realise that negative thinking can be damaging, so it’s important to understand and recognise certain behaviours in ourselves and those around us, to ensure we are taking care of ourselves and maintaining our resilience.”

We recognise that helping others often helps our team members’ sense of wellbeing and resilience.

“I was delighted to be able to deliver this workshop, and hopefully help the attendees deal with any wellbeing challenges they, or their friends and colleagues, may be experiencing. But I got a lot out of it too, so I am very grateful that The Cambridge encourages us to give our time in this way,” said Nicky.

“We often hear about how great it feels to give something back, and this should never be underestimated. Caring for others is part of self-care and has a positive impact on our own wellbeing and resilience.”

One of the YMCA team, who attended the workshop, said: “The workshop was outstanding and gave me coping mechanisms to deal with stress. It really helped me to realise that I have some of the unhelpful thinking traits and how I can change them."

Next, we talk to Sarah Pollard, Customer Engagement Manager in our Newmarket branch, about a pack she created to teach people the value of saving here.