Increasing Mental Health Challenges For Health Care Workers

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With the unrelenting stress of the pandemic likely to continue for the ongoing future, the mental pressure and demands on health care workers may only accelerate. That makes addressing and treating mental health issues paramount for these workers. Though because of the stigma around these issues, they may be reluctant to seek help.

The first line of defense is to use strategies to manage and lessen the stress health care workers face. Measures to take could include prioritizing sleep, eating a nutritious diet and exercising consistently. Physical activity is a stress-reducer and mood-enhancer. Avoid turning to alcohol or drugs for stress management. Try reframing by focusing on what you are grateful for or mindfulness techniques to help reset your mood and outlook.

It’s important to recognize that it’s not only acceptable — but healthy — to ask for help if you’re struggling with mental health issues. The accompanying resource provides additional statistics about mental health in health care workers and potentially effective management techniques.

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