Working in healthcare can be extremely rewarding but also stressful. So how do you maintain a healthy work/life balance when some days feel consuming and draining? Avanza Training is here to help you better your personal relationships while working a high-stress job.
Stay hydrated and active
It is no secret that a healthier and more active lifestyle can improve your well-being and help you relieve stress!
“Exercise increases your overall health and your sense of well-being, which puts more pep in your step every day. But exercise also has some direct stress-busting benefits.” – Mayo Clinic
Schedule things out as far in advance as you can
Getting out your calendar to schedule a happy hour with a dear friend may seem silly, but when your day-to-day is quite busy two weeks from now, you will be thankful that you took the time to plan ahead and get something on the schedule. Clear and consistent communication by sharing your calendar will help better your personal relationships.
“One of the great things about putting your tasks on a calendar is that you can now share them. So, consider sharing it with work friends, loved ones, and your social circle. If someone in your circle wants to initiate a playdate for the kids or game night for lots of friends, they don’t have to inquire about when might be a good time. They can even send you a calendar invite, which you can accept. That adds it to your calendar automatically. Or you can suggest a new time.” – Calendar
Put yourself first
Self-care is not just for you, but for others. By putting yourself first, you can better your personal relationships.
“Self-care means taking the time to do things that help you live well and improve both your physical health and mental health. When it comes to your mental health, self-care can help you manage stress, lower your risk of illness, and increase your energy.” – NIMH
Some common self-care activities may include:
- Taking a bath
- Reading a book
- Going on a walk
- Working out with a good audiobook
- Hitting the mall or getting your nails done
- Binging your favorite T.V. show
- Cleaning the house or outdoor area
- Practicing gratitude
Pick up the phone
Picking up the phone and giving someone a call can better your personal relationships by showing them you are thinking of them, even in the midst of your crazy schedule!
Vacation, vacation, vacation
Similar to how we encourage you to practice self-care, we also encourage you to get out of the patient setting and take a vacation. By removing yourself from an environment that is always busy and can sometimes seem stressful, you can give your mind and body a breather. Think of vacation as taking a deep breath. Even if it’s a three-day weekend – take a breather and spend time with those you love.