It’s extremely important that healthcare professionals reduce stress levels at work. GPs included, a lot of doctors are subjected to high levels of stress at work.
General Practitioners are subjected to considerable levels of stress such as work overload, excessive working hours, sleep deprivation, repeated exposure to emotionally charged situations, dealing with difficult patients and conflicts with other staffs. Management of such stress should be given due importance, right from the days of training in medical sciences.
Quick tips to reduce stress at work
TIP 1) Act Rather Than React
We experience stress when we feel that situations are out of our control, it activates the stress hormone and, if chronic, wears down confidence, concentration and well-being. We advise that you identify the aspects of the situation you can control and aspects you can’t.
Typically, you’re in control of your actions and responses, but not in control of macro forces or someone else’s tone, for example. “Be impeccable for your 50%”. And try to let go of the rest.
TIP 2) Schedule Your Day For Energy And Focus
Most of all Healthcare Professionals go through the day using a “push, push, push” approach, thinking if we work the full eight to 10 hours, we’ll get more done. Instead, productivity goes down, stress levels go up and you have very little energy left over for your family.
We advise that scheduling breaks throughout the day to walk, stretch at your desk or do a breathing exercise. Recent studies have shown that if we have intense concentration for about 90 minutes, followed by a brief period of recovery, we can clear the buildup of stress and rejuvenate ourselves.
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TIP 3) Eat Right And Sleep Well
Eating badly will stress your system, studies show that eating a low-sugar, high-protein diet would increase your performance and reduce stress.
When you’re not sleeping well, you’re not getting the rejuvenating effects. Sleep is a critical recovery period for the body. If racing thoughts keep you from falling asleep or you wake up in the night and can’t get back to sleep, we suggest a simple breathing trick that will knock you out fast: Cover your right nostril and breathe through your left for three to five minutes.
- Act Rather Than React
- Schedule Your Day For Energy And Focus
- Eat Right And Sleep Well
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