Our Pine Family is appreciative of the care that front line health care workers provide to Albertans impacted by COVID-19.
This is an ideal time for health care providers to develop a diverse self-care plan during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Health care providers may want to:
• Engage in self-monitoring (aware of your thoughts, emotions, behaviours, body responses)
• Take brief relaxation breaks during your scheduled shifts.
• Check in regularly with colleagues about your emotional well-being and debrief difficult cases
• Focus on what is within your control and attempt to accept situations you cannot change
• Focus on wellness practices (sleep hygiene, exercise, balanced nutrition, etc)
• Avoid engaging in unhelpful self-talk that may be a barrier to self-care, such as:
“It is selfish to take time to rest and recover.”
“The needs of others are more important than my needs
“The only way I can contribute is by working all the time.”
• Remember to honor your limits to achieve sustainable work life balance
If you are finding it difficult to cope with stress for a few weeks, it may be beneficial to seek out additional support. Please remember that asking for support is a sign of strength and we are here to help. Are you looking for support when it comes to mental health? Connect with one of our Registered Psychologists at Pine today!
Article Written by Erin Botterill
Erin is a Registered Psychologist in Edmonton, Alberta and has been working in healthcare for over 11 years. She provides counselling to individuals struggling with many issues including perinatal mental health, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, trauma, body image, chronic pain, interpersonal issues and grief and loss. She is passionate about women’s health and supporting to become more authentic, self-compassionate and confident. Her educational background in both Psychology and Kinesiology have given her a deep understanding of mind and body health.