With the holidays around the corner, healthcare professionals will be faced with overtime, long hours, and the risk of becoming drained. If you work in healthcare, you probably know firsthand the stress and fatigue that comes along with this time of year. However, despite working longer shifts, here are some ways in which you can make the most of the holidays:
Be flexible with your holiday celebrations.
Just because your work schedule is jam-packed doesn’t mean you shouldn’t partake in holiday celebrations! You can be flexible when you celebrate the holidays and see your loved ones. Whether it’s a cocktail hour with friends after the new year or a family celebration on a non-holiday date, being present and engaging with others is what’s most important.
Make the most of your time off.
During the times you are off (even if it’s limited), make the most of it! Whether it’s calling a friend or getting together with a family member, arranging plans during your free time will get you in the holiday spirit – even in the midst of a busy work schedule. The key is to schedule commitments with others ahead of time so you’re able to take advantage of your time away from work. Spending quality time with others can reduce your stress and fight burnout when you’re dealing with a hectic schedule and working overtime.
Prioritize your health.
If you’re working long hours, sometimes it can take a toll on your health. Prioritizing a healthy lifestyle – including proper nutrition, exercise, and getting enough sleep – is essential for maintaining your energy and mental focus at work. Furthermore, staying healthy will allow you to be the best version of yourself so you can provide optimal patient care and support your coworkers when patient volumes are at their highest.
Being mindful of your physical and mental health and well-being is necessary for achieving work-life balance over the holiday season – even while working through most of it!