It has been a long 2020 for everyone but especially taxing on medical professionals. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began earlier this year, doctors, nurses, and other first responders have been called into action to help society combat this dangerous virus. But while providing outstanding care of others, healthcare workers themselves place their own health aside. Here are four ways to deal with fatigue and stress from being overworked and stressed.
Acknowledge that you need help
This is an important first step. Even though you may comprehend that you are overworked, tired, and possibly even suffering from burn out, it can be difficult to let others know you need to take a breath and recharge. Family and friends are always more than happy to help, so don’t be afraid to ask them for assistance. It can make a huge impact on your mental well-being.
Surround yourself with positive people and limit negative news
Negative people can be draining, and when you are already close to exhaustion, they can make improving your mental outlook nearly impossible. When you are not working, partake in positive conversations with friends and family. That leads to the next point. Even though being informed is a good thing, too much information is not. Attempt to throttle down the amount of news you are reading each day. Instead, read a book or peruse an upbeat blog. Avoiding negativity will shift your mood.
Yes, time is precious, especially when you are called upon to provide life-saving work. But organizing your schedule to include exercise is paramount. Even if it’s just a short 30-minute walk around your neighborhood, going outside and getting your body moving can do wonders for your health. Mentally and physically.
Don’t overdo caffeine
It’s tempting to reach for a second, third, or even fourth cup of coffee to keep you moving, but caffeine will put you on an energy roller coaster. At first, you will feel a boost but over time it wears off and you will feel fatigued. Additionally, caffeine increases anxiety, the last thing you want on the rise during times like these. Try to limit your caffeine intake and instead opt for healthy snacks and increase your water intake. You’ll notice a more steady, sustainable energy level throughout your day.
Stress has been high this year but if you take a moment to destress and follow a few simple tips, you can learn to deal with difficulty and remain healthy and balanced.