Healthcare professionals are perpetually stressed and exhausted due to work. To help feel better and work better, you can use some self-care tips given by an experienced mental health professional, Japneet Anand! Apply these in your daily life and feel the change!
Express your feelings instead of repressing them
If something or someone is bothering you, communicate your concerns openly and respectfully. If you don’t voice your feelings, resentment will build, and the situation will likely remain the same.
Learn how to say no and avoid hot button topics
Know your limits and stick to them. Whether in your personal or professional life, refuse to accept added responsibilities when you are close to reaching them. Taking on more than you can handle is a guaranteed recipe for stress.
Reframe problems and focus on the positive
Try to view stressful situations from a more positive perspective. Rather than fuming about a traffic jam, look at it as an opportunity to pause, listen to your favourite radio station, or enjoy some alone time.
Set aside relaxation time
Include rest and relaxation in your daily schedule. Don’t allow other obligations to interfere. It is your time to take a break from all responsibilities and recharge your batteries. It’s your time to do things you enjoy the most.
Physical activity plays a key role in reducing and preventing the ill effects of stress. Make time for at least 30 minutes of exercise – three times per week. When we talk about physical health, it includes eating right, getting enough sleep and avoiding stressors.
Being in the moment helps one focus on the present rather than the sadness of yesterday or worries of tomorrow. It is the basic human ability to be fully present and aware of where we are and what we are doing, helping one respond to whatever is going around us.