Self Care for Healthcare Workers

Remember to take care of yourself while taking care of others.

Do you know a healthcare worker? Be sure to remind them to take care of themselves as they work tirelessly to take care of your loved ones.

The World Health Organization defines self-care as: The activities individuals, families and communities undertake with the intention of enhancing health, preventing disease, limiting illness and restoring health.

Here are some stress relieving activities (which are applicable to most of us whether we work in healthcare or any other type of profession):

  • Go for a 15 minute walk during a lunch or coffee break. Take other opportunities to be physically active.
  • Eat sensibly. Avoid excessive use of caffeine and alcohol. Drink plenty of water.
  • Know and respect your limits. If you feel exhausted and need time off, take it. Respect commitment for regularly scheduled time off.
  • Spend time with family and friends. Talk to them. Listen to their stories. Listen to them if they become concerned with your health and well-being.
  • As much as possible continue to participate in previous social and recreational activities.
  • Get some rest. If you have trouble sleeping, get up and do something relaxing or enjoyable.
  • Be on the lookout for any changes in your habits, attitudes and moods.
  • Share your own and clients’ reactions and issues with colleagues. Don’t hesitate to ask others for advice.
  • Include yourself on the list of people you are taking care of. Take some time to do something for yourself every day.
  • Be self nurturing and don’t forget to laugh.