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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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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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