The topic concerning self-care for every Health care Worker has grown in popularity. But unfortunately, many health care workers still find themselves with hardly enough time to breathe.
As a healthcare worker, you are used to looking out for the health and wellbeing of people. In the midst of caring for others, you often times overlook your own needs. Sometimes the last Person you care for is yourself.
Self-care is usually the first thing that gets sacrificed when one becomes busy and stressed.
You may think that taking time for yourself seems considerate. But this is not just about calming activities; it’s about creating a self care plan that will help you focus, stay healthy and make decisions.
Listed below is how you can create a self-care plan:
Figure out your coping skills:
Evaluating your personal habits is important in developing a self-care plan.
When figuring out your behaviours it is important that you are honest.
If you discover yourself getting angry, edgy with people, or unable to forget worries, it may be time to re-consider your coping skills.
When confronted with increased demands, you can use either positive or negative coping strategies; for example, instead of working during breaks, you can exercise.
Identify your daily self-care needs:
Remember that your self-care goes beyond basic physical needs. Think also about your workplace, social, financial, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
Take some time to consider what you value and need in your everyday life. Then think about what you value and need the most during difficult times.
When you are faced with a crisis, you probably won’t have time to immediately create a coping plan.
You should rather take time to develop a plan in advance so you can use when you need it.
Examine, Reflect & Replace:
Check if there are barriers to maintaining your self-care as a Health care worker.
Are there any little things you can do to address these barriers?, Do you need to ask for assistance from others if the need be?
Follow up on your already existing coping strategies. Finalize what is working and what isn’t working for you.
Work towards reducing, and then getting rid of negative coping plans.
If you find yourself using the negative plans, then start by choosing one action you feel is most unhealthy and identify a positive plan to replace it.
Create your Self-care plan:
Once you have resolved your personal needs and plans, you should then write them down.
Depending on how you want it to be, your self-care plan can be as detailed and simple.
Look at it occasionally, keep going to check it out and perfecting it especially as the COVID-19 occurrence changes.
Lastly remember, if you don’t look after yourself first you won’t be able to help your patients and other people important in your life.