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Emotional Caring Professionals: 3 Effective Ways to Care for your Mental Health

Medical clinicians and educators make a lifelong impact in the lives of others; however, this comes at a toll as many have difficulties maintaining healthy boundaries between their personal life and work life. Self-care for yourself is VITAL.

Many medical clinicians have felt the stressors of caring for patients with COVID-19 and it’s carrying a great toll on their mental health. High stress at work impacts workers in their personal lives. According to a research study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2020, Dr. Lau and associates found that at least 34% of health care workers experience sleep disturbance and at least 50% experience emotional disturbance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Educators continue to struggle dealing with symptoms of anxiety and depression when attacking job related stress. These effects of stress are linked with work dissatisfaction and feeling negative emotions. According to a 2017 research study published by the Journal of Occupational Medicine, Dr. Merida-Lopez and associates found that work related stress likely impacts teachers’ emotional and stress symptoms.

Now is the time to effectively address your psychological health needs as you continue to make a great difference in the world by implementing these three key strategies:

o Just Breathe- Diaphragmatic breathing allows you to focus only on you, clear your mind, and slow you down.

o You Can Relax- Releasing the tension in your body slows down feelings of anxiety and pauses other negative feelings.

o Say Your Mantra- Repeatedly recite positive messages to refocus your mind and build your positivity.

You are a priority! Working towards maintaining an equal balance (between work and personal life) allows for life satisfaction back into our lives. If you would like to learn more about how to make your life (and/or emotions) more balanced, contact us today!

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