Working in the healthcare sector is hard no matter where you live. There are brilliant healthcare services that benefit people and ensures we don’t have to pay ridiculous amounts of money for basic health treatments.
The flip side of this is that it’s very demanding on healthcare workers. They’re often underpaid, have staff shortages, and work unbelievably long hours.
If you’re one of the many fantastic people working in the healthcare industry – or even a private healthcare job – then your days are probably filled with stress and anxiety.
So, I want to try and think of a few little things you can do to make your job a tiny bit less stressful. Understandably, these tips won’t make your job any easier, and there will still be plenty of things causing you stress.
However, they should help target a few minor things that you really don’t need to cause you trouble where you work. Have a read and see what you think:
Buy More Comfortable Clothing
People that work in the healthcare sector are typically made to wear clothing that makes their job even harder. For many doctors, nurses, and hospital attendants, you have to wear scrubs.
They can sometimes be a little restrictive or made with material that’s uncomfortable, causing you to fidget a lot or just feel uneasy. When you already have a stressful job, the least you can ask for is an outfit that makes you feel more comfortable and helps you do your job without continually adjusting everything.
Thankfully, there are plenty of places out there like Wonderwinkscrubshop.com that sell custom scrubs for healthcare workers to purchase. Buying some different scrubs means you can get ones in various materials, fits, and even styles.
While it may seem like a minor thing, dressing in better and more comfortable clothing can make a huge difference. You no longer have that mental weight hanging over you when you’re getting ready for work thinking about your annoying outfit.
Your shifts aren’t filled with thoughts about getting to the end of the day so you can change. It just makes life a little less hard for you.
Sleep Whenever You Get A Chance
The world of a healthcare worker can be wildly different to a ‘regular’ employee from a standard company. While there are loads of employees working 9 to 5 in offices, healthcare workers have far more erratic shift patterns.
Some can work nights, others may work multiple shifts in a day – it’s pretty crazy, to be honest. What this means is it can be hard to get a proper sleep schedule together.
As we all know, sleep is essential if you want to avoid stress. Working on a few hours sleep is a guaranteed way to cause headaches and stressful feelings.
So, my second tip is to sleep whenever you can. If you have an awkward schedule that means you work during the night, then try and sleep during the day.
There’s a lot of great info on sites like sleepfoundation.org that can help you deal with weird sleep patterns that result from shift work. The important thing is that you sleep as much as you can to stay refreshed and avoid that tired feeling throughout your shift.
I’d also suggest you stay away from coffee as it can prevent you from sleeping. Yes, caffeine wakes you up which can be handy during your work periods.
But it will still be in your system and make sleeping between shifts a lot harder too. Generally speaking, if you sleep well enough, you shouldn’t need a caffeine boost.
Speak To Other People Like You
I can’t compare your work to mine, and if I try it feels a bit silly because the healthcare job is far different. It’s just hard for people not in that line of work to empathise with people doing those jobs.
You don’t know what to say, which can make it frustrating for the healthcare worker. I feel bad because I know it’s good to vent and let off steam at the end of the day.
This is why I suggest healthcare workers try and speak to other people in the profession and exchange stories/rants. This way, you’re ranting to other people in the same position to you so they can give the right advice or sympathy without sounding too patronizing.
It means you get to let off a lot of steam while getting the right guidance too. Otherwise, you run the risk of building up all your pent-up feelings and letting them bubble beneath the surface, soon to erupt in the form of a panic attack.
Take Deep Breathing Sessions
Finally, I want to give some advice that will help you calm yourself during the day or at any periods where you have a minute or two to rest. Sit down and take deep breaths, inhaling and exhaling for a count of about 3 seconds.
Deep breathing is so beneficial and is proven to lower your heart rate and calm you down. This can be so good for anyone working in healthcare that’s under a lot of stress.
It gives you a brief moment or two of calm and can almost reset you emotionally. As it states on blog.fitbit.com, a lot of Fitbits now come with a feature that helps you breathe deeply. I highly recommend one of these gadgets as they’ll definitely assist you in staying calm and will also help monitor your heart rate throughout the day.
Taking all the stress out of a healthcare job is impossible. But, with these few tips, you might be able to lower your stress levels and feel slightly calmer and relaxed on the job.
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