This event has been held every April since 1992. Health care professionals and health promotion experts join forces across the country to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for stress.
Everybody feels stressed from time to time, and for some individuals, stress is a real problem. Stress can lead to a number of major health problems ranging from anxiety to serious heart attacks. It is easy to see why it is so important to keep stress levels down.
The Social Care industry is one area where stress levels are high, for both patient and carer. It is both mentally and physically challenging, as carers are leant upon so heavily to ensure their patient is safe and well looked after even after the working day has finished.
It is important for carers to take a break occasionally, and not become overworked and over-stressed because carers are responsible for more than just themselves.
Focusing on the here and now can assist in providing an escape from what was or what could have been, by just enjoying the moment. All carers should make time for themselves outside work, this will help to control emotions and wellbeing. Some carers work very long hours, which is why it is important to take the designated time for a break, and not go overboard with overtime.
Communication is key. It can be difficult to understand how deep a person’s stress goes, but by speaking to your manager, a friend or a colleague, tension can be released. Carers, talk to an individual who understands your work load and the pressure you are faced with this will pave the way for more effective communication and a possible solution.
Managers feel stress too but they can influence how they and their team feel. Appreciation goes a long way, and it is important to let carers know they are appreciated not only by their patients, but by their management too. One to ones can be effective for both parties, removing negative thoughts and producing a positive plan of action for the future.
Take a look at your working environment, is there something which can change to reduce the amount of stress upon you and your colleagues? Maybe more teamwork is required, increased activities with patients, or even a regular staff meeting to find out how one another is getting along.
Stress affects everyone, but how we deal with it is most important. Don’t suffer, speak.
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