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How to Manage Your Stress in a Surgical Position

Any job can be stressful, but a job that involves keeping people alive and healthy can be particularly stressful. It can also be incredibly rewarding, and that’s why so many people choose to work in these positions. However, it’s important to manage your stress so it doesn’t become overwhelming.

Talk About It

Any day can be tough, and the stress can add up over time. This can be especially true when you have a string of tough days. That’s a prime example of when talk therapy can help. Whether you have a standing appointment with a therapist, someone you can check in with as needed, or an occasional opportunity through your employer, talking it out can make a tremendous difference.

Talking through difficult and stressful work situations can help in so many ways, and that’s why opportunities in this regard are becoming more common. For example, many medical schools are recognizing the importance of this. Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine offers peer support groups for students, runs a mental health clinic focused on medical students and residents, and offers every medical student a wellness visit with a social worker.

Find Support

It’s important to have an informal support network, as well. Your coworkers can be an important part of this. They’re in the same boat, and it’s possible to help each other through shared experiences. It can be a few words as you walk together down the hall or a longer conversation to help both of you process a particularly troubling case. Just remember to listen to them and offer support when they are in need, as well.

Family and friends can be part of your informal support network, too. Although you can’t discuss cases with them as you can with your coworkers, they can help you in so many other ways. Having a strong network of supportive friends and family members is extremely important in managing stress in all areas of your life. Whether you’re talking, having dinner, watching a movie, or just spending time together, being with people you care about can reduce your stress level.


What helps you ease your stress? Maybe you love to listen to music, attend sporting events, or knit. Or maybe you love a good workout, cooking, or watching old movies. Whatever it is, do it. Also, be sure to take care of your body by exercising regularly, eating foods that keep your body satisfied and full of energy, drinking plenty of water, and getting enough sleep. If you do, you’ll be able to be your best at work and when you’re doing the things that reduce your stress.

How’s Your Stress Level?

At 365 Healthcare Staffing Services, we specialize in the recruitment and placement of healthcare professionals in per diem, travel, and permanent assignments in healthcare facilities across the country. We hope these tips will help you manage your stress. When you’re ready for your next assignment, we can help with that, too. Give us a call at 310.436.3650.