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5 Ways Healthcare Professionals Prep For The Holiday Season

5 Ways Healthcare Professionals Prep For The Holiday Season

The holiday season is a busy time of the year, both for shoppers and healthcare professionals, but for different reasons. While people outside of the hospital pack the malls, fill their shopping bags, and prepare to feast on the delights the season has to offer, doctors and nurses scramble to make sure the sick stay alive. If you’re a healthcare professional, here are five ways you can prep for the holiday season.

Accept and Embrace the Time of Year

Having your cellphone nearby and remaining on high alert is part of being a healthcare professional during the holidays. It might seem aggravating and annoying when you have to run off in the middle of a holiday dinner to tend to your healthcare responsibilities, but that’s part of your job. Instead of fighting it and fussing, accept the realities of your situation and embrace them with a positive attitude. Take heed in the fact that you’re helping someone else out. After all, that’s why you got into the profession in the first place, isn’t it?

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Prepare As Much As Possible in Advance

If you know you’re on the list of people who will have to work during the holiday season, try to plan and prepare in advance so you can make the most of your time at home with your loved ones. Just because you’ll be tending to sickness and injuries on the traditional day of celebration doesn’t mean you can’t reserve another for spending time with your family. The holidays are all about gathering around the dinner table and enjoying each other’s company. It doesn’t matter which day you choose to do this, as long as you do it.

Don’t Let the Moment Bring You Down

Chances are you’re going to encounter some sad situations while working throughout the holiday season, especially if you work in a critical care unit or the emergency room. This infographic about common holiday accidents illustrates some of the more prevalent ways people end up at the hospital during the holidays. Although it’s the holiday season and some situations can seem overly sad and depressing, you need to remain calm and remember that this is all just a part of your job. Take a deep breath and drive on.

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Throw a Staff Holiday Party

No, not a Christmas party, but a holiday one that includes people of all backgrounds and religions. There’s no doubt that the holiday season is stressful for everyone working in the hospital environment, whether you’re a doctor, nurse, or an employee working in medical records. Reserve a day (or night) where your department can take a load off and enjoy each other’s company. While spending the holiday season with your family and close friends is optimal, doing so with your coworkers can also be rewarding because they understand how you feel.

Take Advantage of Other Holidays

While this isn’t necessarily a direct way to prepare for the holiday season in December, you should still try to make the most out of holidays at other times of the year so you don’t feel so drained during the major one. Whether it’s gathering around a turkey feast for Thanksgiving, celebrating fourth of July with a plume of fireworks, or taking a beach vacation to celebrate the end of summer on Labor Day, make sure you treat yourself a couple other times during the year so that when things get hectic around the new year, you’re ready for it.

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OK, so when you were in med or nursing school they told you about what you’d have to deal with during the holiday season, right? Well, remember that you chose to work in this profession even with the all stresses it comes with. Remember to reassure yourself that you were meant for this job and that nothing can get in your way.

Are you a healthcare professional? How do you plan for the holidays? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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