Life during a pandemic can be stressful. Working daily with patients only adds to that stress. Anxiety and fear can overwhelm you. Following the rules of social distancing, staying at home can make you feel isolated. All of these things can add to your stress level and cause burnout. Figuring out ways to cope with all these emotions will help you and those around you.
Try these tips to help make your day less stressful:
- Sleep – Starting your day after a good night’s sleep is a great beginning. Getting a full 8 hours of sleep at night can make a real difference.
- Stay connected – Phone conversations, chats, video calls – stay in touch with friends and family. Six feet apart doesn’t have to mean you can’t see the people who matter to you. Reach out and connect you will feel better.
- Exercise – Regular exercise is important, shoot for 20-30 minutes daily. Be creative, changes things around but get your body moving daily. Exercise is good for the mind and the body!
- Eat lunch (not at your desk) – A healthy balanced lunch helps you keep your blood sugar level which keeps your energy up. Overall, try and eat as healthy as you can.
- Walk away and take a break – Not taking a few breaks during the day hurts more than helps. You might think you’re being a trooper but you’re not. Working too long can affect your ability to concentrate. So walk away and if you can get some fresh air.
- Inhale – Taking a few deep breaths can calm you and releases stress. Just inhale and hold for a second or two, then exhale through your nose. Slow and steady.
- Music – Music soothes you. Create a playlist of calming, happy tunes to listen to while at work and at home. Wonderful way to feel good.
- Meditation – Finally mediation is sure fire way to cope with stress. Slow down your thoughts. Try one of the many apps to help you learn the mediation techniques.