It’s really important that aged care workers aren’t in a place where they’re going to be burnt out or stressed, said Associate Professor Gurvich, because it won’t be helpful for their workplace, the people they work with. work or the elderly they care for.
Tips to reduce your stress
Associate Professor Gurvich said there are several ways to improve your stress levels or reduce your burnout:
- Identify that you are not well and why you are stressed or exhausted
She said the first step is to identify that you’re feeling too stressed or exhausted. Once you realize you’re not coping, you can start looking for the reasons for your stress or burnout.
Maybe it’s because you’re working double shifts, worrying about your elderly residents or clients, or COVID has made everything overwhelming.
Once you know the reason for your stress or burnout, you can start taking steps to address it.
If you are suffering from stress or burnout and it is work-related, contact your elder care employer to describe what you are going through and what you are dealing with.
Your supplier needs older workers to provide care for residents and clients – having an exhausted or stressed workforce does not benefit anyone in the sector.
Your senior care facility should be able to find different ways to help you deal with your stress or burnout, including helping you access mental health support, providing more flexibility or control in your schedules, or another solution that meets your needs.
It can also be beneficial to get together with your co-workers and support each other.
- Follow the trends of a healthy lifestyle
Associate Professor Gurvich said one of the things that can go wrong when you’re not doing well mentally, due to stress or burnout, is your regular health and wellness routines. .
It’s important to get back into a healthy routine and start implementing those stress-reducing self-care rituals.
This includes eating well and drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep, engaging in meditation, and engaging in exercise and social activities.
In addition, you should reduce your alcohol consumption and your addiction to substances.
Any lifestyle or relaxation activities you can do that help minimize your stress are also helpful for your health and well-being, Associate Professor Gurvich said.
- Seek professional help if you need it
If you find that you are still stressed or exhausted after implementing different strategies and techniques, you should consult a medical professional for help.
This may mean a doctor for advice or a referral, or a mental health specialist to discuss the stresses in your life.
You may even find that you are unable to implement good strategies because you are not in a good headspace to do so. If so, seeing a psychologist or mental health professional can go a long way in helping you regroup and get back on your feet.
It can also be a good idea to talk to friends and loved ones when you feel stressed or exhausted. Sometimes a good “vent” can make a difference and your family may be able to help you out by taking on some of your household chores for a while.
- Rediscover your love for your work
Professor Gurvich said that once you start addressing the issues you are facing and implementing healthy lifestyle changes, you can begin to learn to love the work you do in caring for people again. elderly.
“People obviously got into the aged care business because something appealed to them,” she said.
“Regain that and regain job satisfaction and enjoyment, so that residents of aged care facilities do not suffer from burnout and distress.”
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