One of the things that many people in the healthcare industry have to deal with is stress. No matter what kind of medical job you have, because of the demands being made on you, stress is inevitable. The only thing you can do is to try and relieve the stress that you are feeling in order to keep yourself not only sane, but also physically healthy.
Too much stress can actually bring about a number of ailments. The symptoms that emerge when you are suffering from a lot of stress include insomnia, irritability, anxiety, apathy, and fatigue. You may also experience headaches, develop a dependence on alcohol, and suffer from digestive problems because of accumulated stress.
How do you release the stress that is building up because of work? Here are some things you can do:
- Always aim for work-life balance – engaging in things that you enjoy outside of work is important to your wellbeing. Sure, taking on that extra shift or going overtime even when you can already go home can give you more money for what you may be saving for, but this is not without consequences. Take time off from work when you can and spend it doing things that have nothing to do with your job.
- Find someone to talk to – getting things out in the open not only helps you relieve the stress that comes with keeping things in, but it also makes you see things from a different perspective. Another person can help you see things in a different light and can even give you valuable insight on what you are feeling. Just make sure that the person you are talking to won’t fan the flames but rather would make you see the bright side of things.
- Take care of yourself – yes, sometimes the only way to beat stress is to take good care of your health. Eat well, exercise, get ample rest, and avoid any habits that can derail all of these healthy habits. Being healthy can actually help you manage stress better.
- Stay positive – the power of positive thinking is actually well documented, and it has been proven that positive affirmations and being optimistic has a positive effect on your body and mind. Having a rosy outlook will help you laugh off minor disturbances in your days and will help you better manage stressors that come your way.
- Keep yourself organized – one of the things that can trigger stress is disorder, and this becomes more of a stressor when you are already pressed for time and cannot find what you are looking for. Keeping things organized will help you avoid this one trigger of stress that many people actually discount and neglect to address.
- Disconnect and take a time out when needed – when you find yourself feeling overwhelmed at work, give yourself a time-out by removing yourself from your current environment, even for a few minutes at a time. If you keep on pegging away at work even when you feel negative feelings bubbling up inside, stress can build up and become something difficult to handle. When you have a few minutes, go out for some fresh air by taking a walk or go for a ten minute drive to your favorite coffee shop, if that is possible, in order to cool your jets and get things back into the right perspective.