The health care industry is an incredibly rewarding industry to work in. But sometimes, health care agency staff can spend so much time supporting others that they forget to take care of themselves too. If you work in the health care industry, consider this a friendly reminder to regularly check in with yourself and take some time for self-care!
Take care of yourself mentally
Most health care workers recognise the importance of mental health. Remember to check in with yourself regularly and take time out from supporting others to support yourself too. If you’re feeling stressed or anxious, share your feelings and concerns with someone you trust or seek professional support.
Maintain a good work-life balance
The flexibility of working for a staffing agency means you can pretty much choose your own hours. But it’s important not to overwork yourself. Take time off if you need to and don’t accept shifts if you feel can can’t work for personal or health-related reasons. Remember to have fun and relax as much as you can on your days off. Check out events and activities around your city (there are plenty of cool things to do in Perth), have fun with friends and family or just chill out and rest.
Stay physically healthy
Staying physically healthy is incredibly important for health care workers. Not only does it reduce risk in the work environment, it also keeps you feeling strong and focused. Make sure you get plenty of rest before and between shifts. Before you go to work, eat a healthy meal that will keep you feeling full but not bloated. Drink water while you’re working, especially on breaks when your shift is busy.
Work safe and work smart
Take care of yourself physically while on shift is also important. Be careful when using equipment or supporting patients and ensure your Manual Handling training is up to date. Look out for others using equipment around you too – stay alert and aware of hazards to keep yourself and others safe.
Taking care of your body and mind are just as important as each other. So take some time during this year’s Mental Health Week (and every week) to check in with yourself and carry out some self-care!