By Haley Burress United States
The COVID-19 pandemic is downright stressful and overwhelming.
You likely feel exhausted with trying to keep up with changing recommendations while still giving your residents an engaging and happy atmosphere. Taking care of yourself is probably low on your priority list right now, but you won’t be able to take care of your residents if you are struggling. Here are a few easy ways to be gentle with yourself and focus on self-care during these trying times.
Your time away from work is perhaps the most important, as it gives you the chance to put down work responsibilities and recharge at home. However, this pandemic has created new challenges you have to face at home, like helping your child with distance learning, heading out to the grocery store to see what is available, checking in on vulnerable family members, and more.
It feels impossible to relax at home, which is why you need to make it as easy as possible to do. Here are a few ideas to help you decompress at home and get ready for the work ahead of you:
Your workplace is stressful right now, and that’s okay. You are there to give your all to your residents and your team, but changing recommendations and constant updates can make anyone feel tense.
Give yourself and your team the gift of calm moments without adding extra work to your already busy day:
You are the Director of your department, but you have very capable staff and a team of volunteers who can take some duties off of your busy to-do list. Now is the time for smart delegation. You may have to teach your team how to do the duty you are delegating, but it is well worth the time. Besides, everyone is ready to learn and help out in any way right now.
Consider sharing some of these responsibilities with others and remember, delegate wisely but don’t be afraid to let your team try something new right now:
Your mental and emotional health is deeply connected with your physical health. While it can seem daunting to have one more thing to think about, your brain and emotions can benefit greatly when you implement even just a few of our recommendations.
So, tell me: how are you doing lately? I’m thinking of you every day, and sending all my good vibes your way. How are you holding up? What mental health hacks are you using to get you through this time?