Our current situation is unique and unprecedented for many workers. You may feel sad, stressed, confused or angry. Just know that these feelings are normal during a crisis and in no way a reflection on your capacity to do your job and do it well.
Managing your mental health is just as important as your physical health! Try and take care of yourself using helpful coping strategies such as sufficient sleep, healthy food, physical activity, and staying in contact with family and friends. Practicing coping mechanisms can help prevent and reduce burnout. It is important to remember that it is not selfish to take breaks and taking care of yourself will allow you to keep helping those who are affected.
Successful stress management is built upon prevention and planning, support from colleagues, good self-care and seeking help when needed. Your concern and empathy for others helps you to do your job – be sure to turn that inwards and be aware of how your emotions affect your personal and private life. Some strategies for stress management include taking a break from media coverage of the coronavirus outbreak, asking for help if you’re experiencing burnout, and taking the time for self-care activities you enjoy.
Stress management during an emergency response is critical to staying well and thinking clearly. You may be feeling overwhelmed, sad or confused – again, this is all normal. Being aware of your emotions and taking steps to manage them will maintain your resilience. Here is a short list of things that you can practice daily to help to maintain your physical and mental health:
Ten Things to Do Each Day
- Get enough sleep.
- Eat enough of the right foods.
- Vary the work that you do.
- Do some light exercise.
- Do something pleasurable.
- Focus on what you did well.
- Learn from your mistakes.
- Pray, meditate or relax.
- Share a private joke.
- Support a colleague.
Please take care of yourself at this time. So much is going on that it can feel overwhelming, especially while providing public health service during an emergency. Maintaining your resilience will enable you to keep doing your work with care, concern and energy. We all will get through this together!