Caring for Yourself is Key to Helping Patients
In times of crisis, clinicians often put the pressures of caring for others above themselves. When you work long hours, extra shifts and worry about patients, it’s easy to forget that you, too, need to take some time to practice wellness.
The recruiters at Club Staffing get it. We know it’s often hard to stop for a moment or two when you’re going from patient to patient, but there are a few things you can do during work shifts (and even during off times) to help you manage not only your patients’ health, but also your own stress levels and well-being.
1. Bring Back That Calming Feeling
Finding a quick moment to take a one-minute stretch can do wonders for your personal and professional well-being. Stretch your body from your toes up and take calming, deep breaths to center yourself. If you have a Smartwatch, you can set reminders that will help you stay on track for quick moments of “you time” throughout your shift.
BONUS TIP: Don’t forget that your mental well-being is equal to your physical well-being. They both work together to keep you ready to help others.
2.Stay Hydrated And Don’t Forget To Eat
Staying hydrated and nourished can sometimes seem like an afterthought when you’re in the middle of a busy shift, but it’s critical that you keep your energy levels up during these times.
Try not to skip water breaks and make sure to find the time to grab a healthy snack, such as fruit or nuts to keep your energy levels at peak performance. Avoid fast food and the sugary goodies you’ll find in snack machines. They may give you a momentary sugar rush, but they can also cause blood sugar spikes and brain fog that won’t keep you at peak performance.
BONUS TIP: Keep healthy snacks (protein bars, nuts, fruit, etc.) in your locker in case you need them. Doing so will make the temptations of a quick snack machine visit easier to manage.
3. Stay Connected With Friends And Family
There’s something about the sound of a dear friend or family members’ voice that will help you stay grounded. It’s okay to take a quick moment to text or call the special people in your life. It’s a great way to lift spirits and give you a momentary break from the stresses you may be feeling.
BONUS TIP: Sending a quick e-card to a special family member or friend can go a long way. Imagine the smile on their face when they know you’re thinking about them. You’ll also feel the rush that goes with making someone else feel special.
4. Good Books Can Take You Away
Escaping into a good book can often help your brain reset for the rest of your shift. While it’s impossible to spend a lot of time reading during your shift, a good book, whether fiction, non-fiction or inspirational, can help you take a well-deserved timeout. Read a few pages during break times or dive-in for a few hours to relax yourself when your shift ends.
BONUS TIP: Magazines can be a quick-and-easy way to disconnect for short periods of time. Healthcare settings often have magazine racks in their waiting rooms, giving you the perfect opportunity to sneak a few moments to catch up on the things that interest you. In addition, listening to a digital book, comedy channel or your favorite podcast can provide a momentary distraction.
5. Walking Can Be Calming!
Numerous studies suggest that exercise can brighten any mood. Even if it’s just a short walk outside your workplace, the sound of birds chirping or the smell of freshly mowed grass will help you momentarily disconnect.
BONUS TIP: During your time off, make sure to have an exercise routine that you follow regularly. You don’t have to train for a marathon, but stretching, yoga or aerobics can really heighten energy levels. YouTube is a great place to find workouts for any level of fitness. In addition, many gyms offer free online classes! Look for gyms near your workplace to see what type of online classes they are offering.
WHEN TIMES GET TOUGH, ALLIED CLINICIANS GET TOUGHER
Don’t forget that the recruiters at Club Staffing will always have your best interests at heart. We understand that you may experience times when your stress levels are higher than normal.
As an allied clinician, you are at the heart of healthcare. You’re tough when you need to be but always have a gentle touch when patients need you.
To learn more about allied travel jobs, connect with a recruiter here. In addition, completing your Club Staffing application will help us place you faster. Get started now. Let’s work together to help patients across the country.