1st Edition

Self-Care for Allied Health Professionals From Surviving to Thriving

By Alison Battye Copyright 2022
    318 Pages 46 B/W Illustrations
    by Speechmark

    318 Pages 46 B/W Illustrations
    by Speechmark

    Self-Care for Allied Health Professionals brings together a collection of self-care strategies into one easy-to-read volume, supporting Allied Health Professionals to do the best for their patients by caring for themselves.

    The book offers information and practical strategies to look after your physical and emotional wellbeing at home and in the workplace, exploring topics such as sleep and food, resilience and meditation, stress, conflict and adversity. Written to be a flexible tool that can be read cover to cover or dipped in and out of as needed, it offers rapid response self-care strategies alongside more lasting changes, supporting practitioners to make small steps to build healthy habits for the future.

    Key features of this book include:

    –– A combination of quick response strategies, like a five-minute breathing exercise you can use before a difficult meeting, and opportunities for deeper work, examining your purpose and aligning your role with your values.

    –– Combines ancient practices of meditation and mindfulness with the latest research on nutrition, exercise, sleep and wellbeing.

    –– Consideration of the challenges professionals face in the context of pandemics and a changing health and social care landscape, helping you to thrive in a challenging world.

    Self-care has never been more important. This is a book that every Allied Health Professional and trainee should have on their desk, to improve productivity, enhance job satisfaction and build resilience for whatever the future brings.

    Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1: The science and the art of self-care Section 1: Our Physical Wellbeing Chapter 2: Breathe Chapter 3: Sleep Chapter 4: Move Chapter 5: Eat Section 2: Our Emotional Wellbeing Chapter 6: Resilience Chapter 7: Meditation Section 3: Bringing it into the workplace Chapter 8: Antidotes to stress Chapter 9: Our work environment Chapter 10: Team Culture Chapter 11: Conflict at Work Section 4: Our Place in the World Chapter 12: Purpose Chapter 13: Adversity Chapter 14: A better world Index


    Alison Battye has worked as a Speech and Language Therapist for 20 years, working predominantly in the NHS, but also with Local Authorities, charitable trusts and independent practitioners. She currently manages a multidisciplinary team of Allied Health Professionals. Ali is a quali□fied yoga instructor, and has practised yoga and meditation for as long as she has been an Allied Health Professional. This exploration has informed her approach as a therapist and as a team leader. Ali passionately believes that if we can tune into our own needs, we more effectively meet the needs of others.