Ways for healthcare workers to forget the stress and relax!
Being a healthcare professional can be a stressful job at times. Throughout the day, you may attend to the needs of several different patients at once. Sometimes, multi-tasking can become hectic when you’re attending to so many people! After work, you may come home exhausted and tense from being active all day.
Stress can be the ultimate suppressor. It can affect your mental health, physical appearance and well-being, and cause years of chronic instability. Stress has been linked to high blood pressure, heart problems, and back pain among other health impairments.
Salter School wants our students and graduates to live happy and stress-free lives. When you get home from a stressful day at work or school,--it's bound to happen at some point--we want to make sure you take time for yourself to unwind. Below we offer six steps for stress management:
1. Focus positively
Look at the positive side of situations. Try to avoid dwelling on the negative. Acting negatively towards others or situations often breeds more negativity. Instead, focus on what lessons or positive feedback you can gain from a stressful or demanding situation. Unexpected situations may arise now and again. Take the high road and react to others with a positive tone of voice and feedback. This will make you look professional and mature. It may also gain you more respect in the workplace and result in more stable associations with your coworkers.
2. Be creative
You may not think of yourself as a naturally creative person. However, when you are creative, you concentrate on the fun of creating something with your own skills and interpretation. You might want to take up a hobby like painting, drawing, cooking, crafting, or writing. People enjoy creating because it makes them feel a sense of accomplishment or self-worth. Being creative helps stimulate the mind and helps you feel productive! Soon you may develop a talent that helps you de-stress and gives you joy.
3. Enjoy nature
Go outside and enjoy the warm weather or the wildlife. Scenic and peaceful nature spots can help you contemplate and relax. Try outdoor yoga, going for a walk in the park, or exploring your neighborhood. Enjoying the weather and fresh air can help stimulate the senses and make you more connected with the world around you!
4. Have fun and try something new!
Leisurely activities can help comfort us during stressful times. Add some excitement to your life! Oftentimes, when we participate in an adventure that is outside our comfort zone, our mental health improves because our minds explore new places and activities. We may become stimulated through new interactions with others and in new environments where we can learn new things. You may even want to try socializing with new people. Try joining a local club, class, or volunteering for an organization for which you feel passionate. You may meet like-minded people with similar interests. Humans are social creatures, so meeting new people can help you enjoy life, forget about your stress, and allow you to have fun! Make sure you choose activities you know will be stimulating, interesting, or exciting.
Physical activity is important to maintain balanced mental health. Exercising stimulates endorphins—chemicals that release feelings of comfort and happiness-- in your body. Before your classes or work shift, take time to exercise. A recommended schedule is 30-60 minutes of exercise, three times a week. Exercise can help you release pent up energy and cause you to unwind. Make sure you keep your excerises fun and stimulating though. Here are some fun activities to try:
- Outdoor yoga
- Power walking
6. Schedule relaxation time
Ease your state of mind by scheduling time for yourself after school or work. It’s important to unwind after a long day or you could bottle your stress up inside. You may have important chores or responsibilities to take care of when you get home. If you have to feed the kids or do your laundry, take care of these necessities first. Then take a couple hours to relax by yourself: Here are some ways you can relax:
- Listen to slow-tempo music
- Get a massage
- Relax in a warm bath
- Read a book
- Watch a comedy
- Plan a local trip
- Work towards your goals
- Treat yourself to a snack
Your job as a giving healthcare professional is an essential one. But you can appreciate your job more once you appreciate life's joys in a stress-free environment. We hope these six tips help you conquer your stress. Once you start to appreciate the beauty of life and think positively, you may start to feel more at ease!
The Salter School offers health and wellness tips for our students and gradutes in the weekly blog. We also offer articles on our career training programs as well as career-related advice. Contact us for more information.