5 self-care strategies for health care workers

Practice Greenhealth team members staying together while being apart

1. Evaluate your coping skills

Identify how you are dealing with your stress or anxiety. Divide your current coping methods into two categories: positive/healthy and negative/not so healthy. Be honest with yourself. Replacing negative behaviors with a positive one is going to give you long-lasting health benefits.

2. Daily self-care needs

Well-being is more than physical activity and nutrition. Write down what you’re currently doing for your psychological, emotional, spiritual, social, financial, and workplace well-being. Think about the areas where you are doing well and areas where you can improve. From there, you can identify positive coping strategies to try.

3. Self-care needs during the pandemic

At a time when you are working in COVID-19 hot zones, with emotions high and routines destroyed, it’s important to have a plan to avoid coping behaviors that can be detrimental to your health. Think about when you are most vulnerable to self-destructive behaviors and establish actions you can take to stay calm, relax, and bounce back.

4. Evaluating your barriers and adapting

Your self-care plan should be evolving, including strategies and tools that help you manage the stress and anxiety that exist in our everyday lives. It’s important to plan to help you overcome the barriers that you may face. If you can’t always leave for a walk, what is your backup plan? Can you listen to a guided meditation in the break room? Avoid the donuts and reach for fruit? Find what works for you to reduce and eliminate your negative coping behaviors.

5. Create your self-care plan and stay accountable

Your self-care plan will be a constant reminder to prioritize yourself. It can be as detailed or as simple as you want. Set your intentions and plan for the day — setting reminders in your work calendar or on your phone is an excellent way to hold yourself accountable. You could also identify an accountability partner to help keep you on track.

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