Self-care resources

On this page you’ll find some self-care resources that might be helpful for yourself and others as you negotiate the spread of Covid-19 and the additional anxiety and work that comes with ministry in this time.

And a reminder from Bishop Steven …

Most clergy are continuing to work well from home and doing so with real imagination and commitment.  Thank you.  Please bear in mind that some will need to step back not only for health reasons but because of pressures on the family or in the home. If you have young children in the home, if you are carrying personal stress and pressure, if others in the home have demanding roles then you may need to step back for a time or reduce what you are doing.  Clergy should continue to watch over themselves and their households in this way; others, such as Area Deans will be glad to advise.

Fruitfulness vs. Busyness

“Don’t forget: Drink water. Get sunlight.
You’re basically a house plant
with more complicated emotions.”

A great blog post by Nell Goddard from the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC) about being fruitful rather than busy when working from home.

Virtual Wellbeing Programme

St Luke’s is a charity that specialises in the wellbeing of clergy.

Here’s a link to the Virtual Wellbeing Programme they are publishing (weekly) during the Covid-19 period.

It covers areas like: making a start on long-term recovery; crisis fatigue and you; and prayer, wellbeing and our rootedness in God. Well worth a look.

Thoughts from a cloistered nun in Cadiz, Spain.

Los Olivos Christian Retreat Centre in Spain have offered free  access to this on-line programme and resources for a quiet day. It can be done in one day or spread over a longer time, whatever works best for you.

A blog and short (4 min) animation with 8 simple tips for relaxation.

“Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at home because of coronavirus.”
Tips and advice for mental wellbeing from the NHS.

Lots of thoughts and tips for looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus crisis.
Check out the Publications tab on the website too.

Funerals – caring for yourself and others 

Thoughts for ministers taking funerals during the virus crisis.

Rootedness, Relationships, Rhythms

Useful information with advice and tips for staying well during this crisis, published on 2 April.

Get to know yourself

“Stop. Be still. You can either waste this period of social-distancing and be frustrated, or you can choose to make it the best it can be.”

Three tips on self-isolating from a cloistered nun.

Be grateful!

This 14 min video has been around for a while, and it’s beautifully simple and profound. It has new resonance for us in challenging times, I think.

There’s a lot of advice out there at the moment about looking after our mental health in anxious times. Here’s the guidance from the Church of England on Guidance on mental health and wellbeing and Coronavirus.