5 Stress Relief Tips for Healthcare Providers
Being a healthcare professional is undoubtedly rewarding: helping your community, making a difference in people’s wellbeing – so why is it so stressful? The truth is that it’s different for everyone, but all healthcare workers will feel high levels of stress at some point in their careers. There’s good news, however: there are copious tools and methods to help find stress relief.
Identify Your Stress Triggers
As previously stated, everyone is different when it comes to the “why”. By identifying what stresses you out on a day-to-day basis, you can more effectively manage it. One way to identify your stressors is to reflect on the recent past. Think of a period when you felt particularly distressed and take account of all the factors that contributed to that stress. Once you’ve considered the stress factors, think back to other stressful events and consider whether those were also caused by the same stress triggers.
Delegate What You Can
Once you’ve discovered what stresses you out, see if you can delegate some or all of those tasks to someone that is better suited to complete them without experiencing the same levels of stress. It may not be feasible to delegate every stressor but removing just one piece of the puzzle from your plate may make a world of difference.
Ask For Help
Feeling overworked is a common source of stress, especially in the healthcare space. Many healthcare workers are altruistic by nature and take on an enormous responsibility. It’s important that everyone recognizes one’s limits and asks for assistance when it’s necessary.
Perform Activities That Recharge Your Battery
In today’s climate, burnout is at pandemic levels in healthcare. Staff shortages have put additional burdens on almost everyone. Finding activities outside of work that enriches your life can be the difference between burnout and enjoyment.
Let’s be honest – not everyone is able to delegate or ask for help. Fortunately, mindfulness aims to reduce the negative emotions that arise from stressful situations. Mindfulness is all about being present in the moment. If you’re aware of your emotions, you can take action to control them as opposed to the other way around. There are countless resources online to get started with mindfulness. [Here’s one] (https://www.mindful.org) that I’ve used personally.
While it may not be possible to reduce all stress in your life, it’s worthwhile to try to reduce as much of it as possible. Being able to approach each task and patient with a clear outlook will make a huge positive difference. I’d like to know how you handle stress in your lives. Comment below with your techniques.
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