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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Rider

5 Steps to Help Healthcare workers manage stress

Discover Effective Ways to Stay Resilient and Find Balance in Your Daily Schedule

Feeling overwhelmed with the demands of your healthcare profession? You're not alone. Stress is an inevitable part of the healthcare world, but there are proactive steps you can take to manage it effectively. Dr. Aparna Atluru, Marvin's Chief Medical Officer, shares her insightful advice on developing a stress management plan tailored specifically for healthcare workers.

1. Take Inventory: Identify Your Stressors

Dr. Atluru advises starting by acknowledging stress triggers in your daily life. From managing critical deadlines at work to juggling personal responsibilities, it's essential to acknowledge the sources of stress before finding effective solutions.

Acknowledge the Complexity of Stress Triggers:

Stressors for healthcare professionals are often multifaceted. Dr. Atluru encourages a comprehensive examination of daily life to recognize not only the obvious stressors related to work, such as critical deadlines but also the nuanced personal responsibilities that contribute to the overall stress landscape.

Reflect on Emotional Responses:

Understanding emotional responses to various stressors is a key aspect of taking inventory. Dr. Atluru suggests reflecting on how different situations elicit emotional reactions. This self-awareness enables healthcare professionals to identify stress triggers that might not be immediately apparent and allows for a nuanced approach to managing emotional well-being.

2. Discover Your Unique Coping Strategies

There's no one-size-fits-all approach to managing stress. Each healthcare professional has their own unique coping strategies that work best for them. Whether taking deep breaths, going for a mindful walk, or listening to music, Listening to music can help the psychological stress response. Dr. Atluru emphasizes the importance of exploring various techniques without judgment.

3. Discern the Good from the Harmful

As you examine your coping methods, discern the ones that are truly beneficial in the long run. While venting frustrations through yelling might provide momentary relief, it can adversely affect your relationships. Instead. opt for alternatives like walking away until the angry moment has passed, distract yourself by going outside or engage in healthier practices that promote stress reduction and physical well-being.

4. Seek Professional Support

Dr. Atluru emphasizes that seeking guidance from a neutral third party can be transformative. Meeting with a therapist or counselor doesn't necessarily mean committing to long-term therapy; even a brief, one-time consultation can have a profound impact on your well-being. Marvin's behavioral health therapists can help you develop effective stress management tools and strategies.

5. Put Your Plan into Action

Once you've identified the most effective ways to manage stress, it's time to implement your personalized stress management plan. Having these skills in place will help you to cultivate a healthier perspective, as you navigate the challenges of your healthcare career.

Cultivating a Healthier Perspective:

Implementing a stress management plan is not just about mitigating immediate stressors; it's about fostering a healthier perspective. Dr. Atluru emphasizes that the skills acquired through the plan contribute to an overall shift in mindset. This transformation enables healthcare professionals to view challenges as opportunities for growth rather than insurmountable obstacles.

Discover Support at Your Fingertips

Seeking therapy shouldn't feel daunting, especially when your well-being is paramount. With Marvin's behavioral health services, finding professional support has never been easier or more accessible. Our safe, private, and convenient platform allows you to connect with a therapist from home. Whether you need guidance during a tough experience or ongoing support for personal growth, our compassionate therapists are just a call or video chat away.

Discover a better path to stress management and well-being with Marvin. Make your health a priority, and embark on a journey to a healthier, more resilient you.

Note: This expert advice is provided by Dr. Aparna Atluru, Marvin's Chief Medical Officer. Stress management strategies may vary for individuals, and seeking guidance and support from a professional is recommended. About Marvin

Marvin Behavioral Health is a specialized, confidential teletherapy service created for healthcare workers. Understanding the unique challenges of academic healthcare systems, our therapists provide culturally competent care, including support for LGBTQ+, people of color, and non-English speakers. With Marvin, you can access therapy remotely 24/7, schedule multiple sessions, and quickly match with a therapist who meets your specific needs – all conveniently covered by your hospital’s health plan or at an affordable price compared to traditional therapy visits.

We significantly reduce wait times, averaging 3-4 days for initial sessions, compared to the national average of up to 90 days.

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