Self Care for Healthcare Workers
At Clove, we recognize that healthcare workers are regular people, tasked with working tirelessly to care for the sick and the injured who rely on their expertise and compassion. Self care for healthcare workers is essential, seeing how demanding this industry is physically, emotionally, and mentally. At Clove, it’s our priority to support healthcare workers as they navigate the challenges of their long shifts and demanding industry.
However, we know that it’s all too common for healthcare workers to forget about their own needs as they prioritize the care of others. We’ve compiled a list of tips for self care, geared specifically toward helping healthcare workers. Read on to learn more about steps healthcare workers can take to care for themselves and increase their resiliency; ultimately helping to prevent burnout, upkeep their own well-being, and allowing them to provide the best care possible for their patients.
Symptoms of Stress and Healthcare Worker Burnout
Recognizing the common telltale signs of burnout, stress, and anxiety is the first step in developing a routine that includes self care for healthcare workers. Being aware of the common feelings that accompany stress and burnout allows healthcare workers to recognize when it might be a good time to pause, and take a moment to care for yourself. Caring for others is your profession as a healthcare worker, but ensuring that you are in top shape will allow you to go the extra mile without depleting yourself in the process.
Common Symptoms of Healthcare Worker Burnout Include:
What Can I Do to Practice Self Care and Increase My Resiliency as a Healthcare Worker?
To open up the conversation around self care for healthcare workers, we first want to recognize that witnessing life threatening or traumatic events impacts every healthcare worker differently. There is no playbook for perfect coping, but these tools can help cope with chronic workplace stress and traumatic exposure in healthcare settings.
If you’re concerned that you or someone in your household may harm themselves or someone else:
- 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)
If you feel overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety:
- Disaster Distress Helpline
- Call or text 1-800-985-5990 (press 2 for Spanish)
More resources on coping with stress and building resilience:
- How Right Now
- Healthcare Workers: Work Stress & Mental Health
- Mental Health in the Workplace
- Workplace Health Promotion
- Disaster Preparedness
- The Joint Commission Quick Safety: Developing resilience to combat nurse burnout
- CDC Suicide Prevention Strategies
At Clove, our mission is simple: to take care of those who take care of others. Learn more about our Clove Cares initiatives, and the current actions we’re undertaking to continue to positively impact the healthcare community and support positive change. You support them, we support you.