As rewarding as health care is, there are times when your load can feel overwhelming. Though each individual day might bring its own challenges, it’s even more important to think about the long-term effects that constant stress can have on your mind and body. Fortunately, you’re not alone in your struggle. Healthcare professionals have dealt with these issues for generations, and they’ve developed effective tools to help them manage. Here are the most important tips to help you overcome stress at work.
Managing stress in healthcare
Embrace your breaks
When you have a hectic day with many tasks on your plate, you might feel like the only way to stay on track is to work straight through the day. This is a tendency that you’ll have to learn to ignore. Studies support the idea that regular breaks make us more productive and refresh our minds. Though there are times when it feels like even a five minute break could derail your entire day, it’s neither healthy nor productive to ignore your physical needs.
Rely on your team
Health care is a collaborative field. Not only do different specialists fill unique roles in the continuum of care, but the overlap in abilities means that you are never forced to tackle a problem on your own. Are you unsure how to proceed? Ask a coworker for advice. Are you falling behind schedule? Seek out help, or delegate less critical tasks so that you can focus on your priorities. By working closely with your team, you’ll keep your energy and enthusiasm at their max.
Watch your diet
High stress levels have more to do with our diet than we would like to admit. The dietary choices that we lean towards when busy or stressed – which tend to be foods that are easy and comforting – often wreak havoc on our energy levels, overall health, and general well-being. If you’re forced to snack during work hours, remember your ABC’s: Always Be Crunching. Fresh, crunchy fruits and vegetables tend to low in calories, high in vitamins, and give you balanced energy throughout the day.
Make sleep a priority
Since health care workers often work long shifts, sleep sometimes gets put on the back burner once all other responsibilities are added in. Regardless, your sleep patterns are one of the biggest contributors to your energy overall health. If you start your day half-asleep, things will only get worse from there. Instead, treat sleep like it’s a second job with a set schedule (and don’t clock-in late!).
Maintain your work/life balance
No matter how much you love your job – or how fulfilling it might be – there are limits to what any one person can handle. If your work is causing you too much stress and overtaking your life, it’s time to take a step back. By working fewer hours or finding a position that better fits your needs, you can take back control of your life and keep stress at bay.
At HireCare, we’re dedicated to helping talented healthcare professionals like you find positions where they can thrive. No matter what specialty you work in, we are confident that we can find an allied health position that meets your unique demands. To learn more about temporary, part-time, and permanent healthcare positions in your area, contact a representative today.