If we’ve learned anything from 2020 is that a crisis can happen at any time, and it can take many forms. The COVID-19 crisis feels unique due to the extended nature and the various ways it’s being handled in the public eye. But that always leaves nurses and other medical professionals to pick up the pieces. Stress levels are up among healthcare workers, but your anxiety levels and overall mental health are important. What do you do when work becomes overwhelming? Here’s some advice.

Take a Media Break

If you are feeling drained by the 24/7 news cycle, it’s okay to take a break. Don’t watch the news and don’t log into social media such as Facebook or Twitter for a set amount of time. You can choose another platform for a little while, such as Instagram, where the content might be a little lighter if you do want to keep up with some online media.

Connect with Friends and Family

Now is a good time to connect with friends and family off of social media. Give someone a call just to hear a friendly voice. There are also a lot of tech solutions to stay in touch today. Texting or instant messaging can keep you engaged. Or you can even turn to a virtual video meeting platform if you want to see each other while you chat.

Go Outside

There is a lot of healing power in nature. Spend as much time as you can outside. Of course, in the age of COVID-19, you must stay safe, so practice physical distancing and wear a mask if you’re around others. Or find a secluded spot in nature where you’re far away from other people and can just breathe and relax.

Start Yoga or Meditation Practices

You can also begin some relaxing practices at home to help you reduce your stress levels. Yoga can help you get started. Even if you’ve never done it before, there are plenty of beginner programs available on YouTube. Or simply meditate in the morning. Sit quietly for just ten minutes where you won’t be disturbed. Try to focus on your breathing.

Talk to Someone

Of course, sometimes you will need something more than nature, connection, or meditation. If you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, know that you don’t have to do this alone. Tap into resources available through your employer to connect with mental health professionals such as counselors or therapists the help you talk through the concerns you’re having.

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If you need a change of pace, contact Fortus Healthcare Resources today.  Our recruiters can match your experience up with a new healthcare role, or apply online today.

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