Everyone experiences stress at one time or another. Stress rates can be higher in trying times; many people are finding that their stress levels are higher now, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ignoring stress doesn’t make it go away, but there are several steps you can take to help manage your stress.
Don’t Deny Your Feelings
Many people respond to stress by trying to just push through it, but ignoring stress doesn’t make it go away. Instead, talk about it. This may help you sort through it, see the situation more clearly or in a different way, and release the tension you’re feeling about it. Talking about work stress with a family member or friend may give you a new perspective, and it might help more than you think.
If you often feel stressed, you may want to consider talking with a professional. Therapists can help people reduce and manage stress and any issues that have developed while coping with high levels of stress. You can do a few sessions and find that you’re equipped with skills to help you continue independently, or you can make therapy going forward, which can help in many different ways.
Focus on Your Health
You know there are certain things you shouldn’t do: you shouldn’t take your stress out on others, you shouldn’t seek solace in drugs or alcohol, and you shouldn’t turn to gambling or other unhealthy coping mechanisms. But what should you do? Think of what contributes to good health: eat healthy food, get some exercise when possible, and sleep.
Also, remember that your coworkers are right there with you, and they get it. Talk to them: talk about how the pandemic is affecting work, identify stressors and brainstorm solutions, and remind yourselves and each other that you’re performing a crucial role in fighting the pandemic. It can be helpful to talk to others who get it. Just don’t talk about coworkers; gossip sessions have a way of coming back to haunt you.
Take Care of Yourself
What do you do to take care of yourself? It varies from person to person. If you haven’t been taking very good care of yourself, there are a few easy ways to get started: keep a gratitude list, meditate, and spend some time each day on something you enjoy. It may help to schedule time for these things, at least until they become a routine. All of these things will help you manage stress.
Finally, don’t overlook the importance of spending some time alone or with the people you love most. Sometimes your body needs downtime to relax and replenish your energy stores. A relaxing night in might be just what you need. If you find that this rejuvenates you and helps you manage stress, you may want to make it part of your routine.
What Helps You with Stress?
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. Everyone experiences stress but addressing it keeps it manageable. Don’t be stressed about finding your next assignment; we’re here to help. Call us at 310.436.3650 to get started.