HAPPY INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY (BUT LET’S NOT FORGET ALL HEALTH CARE WORKERS THIS NURSES WEEK)!!!
How To Care For The Mental Health Of The Nurses In Your Life In These Trying Times
Over the last couple of months, we have realized the true value of healthcare professionals. Nurses are heroes who have been working day and night to help save the lives of thousands of people around the world. It is no easy task, and having such a stressful job, especially at the time of a pandemic, can truly affect one’s mental health. With International Nurses Day today, I thought it would be good to share these suggestions that may help you be there for the nurses- or any frontline workers- in your life:
Just listen- After a very long and challenging day/night at work, they may not be looking for anything more than someone to listen to them. Letting your feelings out and having someone to talk to about what you are going through can make a huge difference. It can make you feel much better about the situation, and it gives you a chance to get everything off our chest. So if they want to talk, try to be there to listen to what they have to say. Let them get whatever they need to say out. Talking makes a massive difference for people who are feeling depressed, overwhelmed, or anxious.
Try to help when possible- Although you may not be able to help them at work, there are other ways you can help them. If they have children/pets, offer to help take care of them when they are at work. You can also help by offering to help make their meals, clean their house, go grocery shopping for them, or do their laundry. These may seem like little chores, but it would help take some stuff off their plate, which can help reduce their stress or anxiety.
Bring positivity into their life- Working in healthcare can get very depressing, especially at times like these, and it can be easy for nurses to start getting depressed or anxious. If you see signs that they may be feeling this way, try to remind them of the good in their life and the world. It can be easy to get overwhelmed by negativity, but we also need to remember the positives. Remind them how important and incredible their job is and how it’s saving lives. Remind them that things can and will get better and that there is still a lot of good out there.
Help them find professional help- Sometimes, mental health is challenging to deal with on your own even if you have the support of those around you. If you feel that you are not able to help the person try finding professional help for them, multiple sites online offer therapy and other options. Talking to a professional may be extremely beneficial for them, especially if they can do it from the comfort of their home.
I want to thank Law Matheson
for letting me post on this wonderful blog. I hope you find this post helpful, and if you do, please feel free to check out my blog lifesfinewhine (www.lifesfinewhine.com) for more posts on mental health and also lifestyle, beauty, travel, and inspirational posts.