Healthcare professionals are usually saddled with stress-related claims. Additionally, COVID-19 increased the pressure on medical practitioners.
Therefore health workers need to find ways to release stress. Every healthcare professional needs to focus on their well-being to reduce stress and enable them to take effective action during emergencies.
So let’s find out some techniques that healthcare professionals can use in stress management.
Eat Healthy Foods
Eating healthy diets alongside physical exercise can help medical workers manage their stress levels. Undoubtedly, the stress of medical workers is on the increase, affecting their ability to make healthy life horses.
Eating foods rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Vitamin C would help in reducing blood pressure and cortisol level while also boosting the immune system.
Take Deep Breaths
A technique that can help you manage stress is taking deep breaths. Stress is emotional and physical. As a medical practitioner, you can calm down your brand by taking deep and long breaths. Slowly inhale for about five seconds, hold your breath for five seconds, and exhale for about ten seconds.
Try to Sleep More
Sleep deprivation can fuel stress. When you are stressed, it might be hard to sleep. And if you don’t get enough sleep, you might feel more stressed. So, ensure you try going to bed on time every night, avoid large meals before bed, avoid screens, and sleep in dark and quiet spaces.
Sleeping can help give you physical refreshment and reset your body. Conversely, insufficient sleep can reduce neurological performance and function, cause poor health behaviors, and an increased injury rate.
Getting Extra Help
Healthcare professionals are usually very busy. They often have to take care of their patients and perform other jobs. Thus they are typically stressed. The stress of medical workers can be alleviated or reduced by resting and ensuring that they only focus on their job while other jobs are left to others, like cleaning spills or messes.
For instance, things like spills and messes should be promptly cleaned, pathogens properly disinfected with proper methods like misting technology by cleaners to prevent risks and injuries. This would result in healthcare workers not having to function in more than one capacity, which can lead to stress.
Every medical practitioner usually faces emergencies and tries to meet several people’s needs. This can be challenging, and it could be difficult to bear the patient’s suffering and death. So, to balance your well-being, you should endeavor to always rest and reflect. This is more so during shifts, and it can help you de-stress.
Perform Physical Exercises
Physical exercises result in disease defense and a healthy body. It also reduces fatigue from stress and sharpens your mind. Stress does the opposite, so medical workers need to exercise regularly. In addition, merely performing physical exercises can help improve sleep, strengthen mood and reduce tension.
If gyms and other exercise spaces are closed, you can use several methods to remain active. Gyms offer several online courses, and you can also browse through various YouTube channels to get workout videos.
Connect With Friends and Family
Being a medical worker can be overwhelming at times. So it would be best if you tried connecting with people who can help you release your feelings and help you keep going when you feel overwhelmed. In such times you have to rely on friends or family. However, you might not be around them; find ways to stay connected through video chats, calls, or texts.
That’s A Wrap
Health care professionals are usually at significant risk of stress and burnout compared to the general populace, especially in emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic.
This has made it very important for medical workers to be mindful and proactive about their stress levels and management. The techniques mentioned above would be beneficial in stress management.