Providers, Don’t Forget Your Own Mental Health

Mental Health and Burnout

In the age of COVID-19, has being healthcare provider left you feeling isolated and mentally drained at times? Whether you are permanent staff or a locum tenens provider in a stressful healthcare environment, there’s no denying that the stress of the pandemic can take its toll on your mental health and well-being. However, equipping yourself with the tools to gain more mental strength and focus can give you the foundation to forge ahead and continue making a positive difference right now.

Here are some of the most effective strategies for improving your mental health right now:  

Re-evaluate your personal needs.

Does your job align with your work-life balance goals? One of the most appealing aspects of locum tenens work is the freedom to choose which assignments align most with your personal and professional needs. Many healthcare providers are choosing this type of work right now and embracing that freedom.

Some providers have chosen to stick with locum tenens assignments closer to home, rather than be miles away. Others are enjoying the personal and professional satisfaction that comes with going wherever they are needed most around the country. As you consider locum tenens options in the months ahead, think about making career decisions that are in the best interest of your personal and professional goals. In light of the current pandemic, it’s more important than ever to closely re-evaluate your personal needs and take on locum tenens jobs that offer an optimal work-life balance and let you recharge when you need a break.

Connect with others.

Sometimes the grueling schedule of a locum tenens assignment – especially during a pandemic – can leave you feeling like there’s little time to reach out to friends or family. However, connecting with others (even virtually) is an integral component to maintaining a healthy mental state. While you may not be keen on sharing your feelings, simply conversing with loved ones can do wonders to alleviate stress levels and help you decompress after a long day. Tapping into your support system and leaning on others is key to getting through the toughest of times. If you find yourself in need of a deeper connection, don’t be afraid to reach out to a professional therapist or options offered through your workplace. Counseling may be available for providers in your area, giving you access to people ready to listen who truly understand what you are going through during this pandemic.

Communicate with your team.

If you’ve been feeling completely overworked on an assignment, it’s best to communicate your concerns with your recruiter and your supervisor before stress and anxiety potentially affect your performance. For the sake of your ability to provide proper patient care and fulfill your assignment’s requirements, it’s critical that you and your supervisor share the same expectations regarding your shift schedule and responsibilities. Expressing any questions or concerns to your recruiter is also important, as they will often speak with the employer on your behalf to address any major issues.

Remember, you can’t successfully take care of others unless you care for yourself first. Learning how to cope with stress and avoid burnout will allow you to successfully navigate your locum tenens assignments, even as the industry continues to face ongoing challenges.

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