Throughout the pandemic, many jobs and workplaces have had to make Covid-19 appropriate changes to their workforce. However, none have changed quite as drastically as the healthcare industry. With increased focus on keeping all patients and yourself as healthy as possible, while implementing dozens of new safety precautions all with a huge increase in demand, it can be extremely hard to continue your care for others and keep a check on your own mental health. According to the American Holistic Nurses’ Association, nurses are experiencing workplace stress at higher rates than most other professions.
Here are a few ways you can give yourself a mental health break, maintain focus and feel less overwhelmed.
Deep Breaths: While it may be easier said than done, try to find about 10 minutes in your day or when you’re starting to feel overwhelmed and just take a few deep breaths to clear your head. Sometimes just focusing back on ourselves and taking a moment to clear our minds can drastically change the way our day is going. If you have the ability, try taking a quick break out to your car and just sit and breathe.
Time to Yourself: On your days off, try to prioritize yourself. Take the day to do something you love and leave your phone in your pocket so you have less distractions while doing so. Whether it’s a good yoga class, a hike, or just staying home and watching your favorite streaming service, take the day and relax while doing something mindless, if that’s what you like.
Be Mindful Of Your Basic Needs: 4 words: hydration, rest, nutrition, exercise. When feeling so busy and overwhelmed it can be difficult to remember to take care of your own body. You may often find yourself wondering when your last meal was, but knowing you don’t have time for one right now, but try to be more mindful of giving yourself the nutrients you need to move forward. Especially when you’re running a mile a minute, maybe literally, please remember to drink water so that your body runs at its peak performance to keep you going. On your days off, or hours away from home try to remember to get enough rest, try not to think too hard about things going on at work as they’ll be there for you the next day. Getting a full night of restful sleep can mentally prepare you to tackle almost anything the next day. And as a way to keep your body running smoothly while undergoing a lot of stress, try using exercise as an outlet. This can ease your mind and tension, while keeping you in shape and healthy.
Talk to Someone: Whether it be a family member, friend, or a professional, try to talk to someone about your current situation. Oftentimes talking about things out loud will allow you to letgo and not worry so much about them. At the end of the day we are all humans and make mistakes, but being able to talk about them will take focus off of them and ease your worry. You don’t even have to talk about work stress, but just having a human connection with someone you may not be able to see can really be grounding and bring you back to reality.
While those in the healthcare industry are working extremely hard to keep us safe, we hope our healthcare friends utilize the tips and tricks to stay calm and try not to feel so overwhelmed.We give major kudos to our friends in the healthcare industry and know that we truly could not be making it through the pandemic or life without you.
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