SOS Help

The role of nurses, care assistants and support workers in enabling people with health challenges to live well in their communities can be difficult. Working in care homes can be highly pressured, leaving limited times to connect with colleagues. Whilst in domiciliary care, many people may work alone and may not have the immediate support of colleagues. In this section there are short on-the-job practices to help you step back, take time and recalibrate. These are short practices led by registered practitioners to help you rebalance, regain control and positively adapt at times when you feel challenged or just need some space.

Jessie a nurse, clinical training manager and former care worker emphasises the importance of self-awareness, picking up subtle signs that you are under stress and knowing what’s right for you and what is normal.

Ann Marie, a care home manager, describes how she adapted when the usual coping strategies were unreachable.

Help Now

If you find that you are struggling, please speak to someone you trust.

If you are immediately concerned about yourself or someone else, contact the emergency services by dialling 999. You can also contact your GP or occupational health service who will direct you to appropriate services that can help support you. The following confidential helplines can offer immediate assistance and longer-term advice:

Nurse Lifeline:
Public Health Agency:

1 Minute Practices

S.T.O.P is a short practice to do any time, anywhere.

S.T.O.P. is a short practice to do any time anywhere that can have an immediate effect. This is just like pressing the reset button by stopping to take a breath.


bring your attention to what you are doing right here – right now

Take a Breath

make it a deep breath and be aware of how you are breathing


what is going on around you and inside of you. Don’t judge your feelings or thoughts - just observe them and let them pass


move on with your day being aware of how best to look after yourself and those you care for

Inspirational Quotes

Sometimes we need a boost, a thought for our day. Here is a selection of quotations you may find helpful.

“The oldest, shortest words - 'yes' and 'no' - are those which require the most thought.”


“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

Theodore Roosevelt

“Don't go through life, grow through life.”

Eric Butterworth

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”

Rabindranath Tagore

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”


“Think first of the action that is right to take, think later about coping with one's fears.”

Barbara Deming

“Smile, it's free therapy.”

Douglas Horton

“Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.”

Jean-Paul Sartre

“The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.”

John Dewey

“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”

Oprah Winfrey

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

Nelson Mandela

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou

5 Minute Practices


Join this practice with Christine who demonstrates how a short breathing exercise can help regain balance and a sense of control.

Butterfly Hug

Derek explains and demonstrates how a simple exercise can impact the nervous system helping to promote relaxation.

15 Minute Practices


In these 15 minute practices Christine introduces yoga, demonstrates postures and shows you how to wind down following practice.

Art Journaling

Oonagh reveals how art journaling provides a safe space to record thoughts, to reflect, to be creative and have fun!