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The article about being a caregiver relates to someone who is caring for a loved one at home,however I would like to know what suggestions you have for those of us who are in the Health Care field.

By Anonymous November 7, 2014 - 2:24am
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When I looked at the symptoms to look for that shows one is too stressed I was shocked to see that I have many of them. What ways can I de-stress and learn to look after myself more in between my shifts? Sometimes I'm so stressed and over-worked I feel like changing careers altogether. I need help to get back on track with myself so that I can learn to love being at ,y job again. Hope you can help!!

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to the EmpowHER community and thank you for reaching out to us for stress management suggestions.

Providing care, whether it be in a home or hospital setting, is demanding physically and emotionally. I know because I worked in a critical care unit for almost a decade.

Make the most of your off duty time. Some individuals can de-stress with exercise, such as jogging or a brisk game of squash. Other people can reduce their stress levels with yoga and meditation.
A hobby is a good activity to engage in and help you forget about your job.

The most important thing, I think, it to take time out for your self. If you do not take care of yourself, how can you take care of others.

Back in my college days, a visiting professor address my nursing class. I remember she said that we, as future nurses, will be like a tea cup. If we keep emptying ourselves for our patient's needs and do not refill ourselves, we are left empty.


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