Joycelyn Ghansah is a former Healthcare Organizer with a background public health, include reproductive and sexual health. When she's not freelance writing, she's transcribing interviews and researching ways to strengthen healthcare labor laws.
Are you a healthcare workers planning out your new year’s resolutions?
Healthcare workers should ask themselves how they want their new year to look and what they want to achieve. It’s important to make resolutions or write your goals for the new year, whether you’re starting a new job, looking for ways to increase your healthcare knowledge, create COVID resistant masks, or wanting to volunteer. If 2020 has taught us anything, it would be to expect the unexpected and make room for the unknown. So how do you make achievable resolutions during a pandemic and busy schedule? Well, you can ask yourself a few questions.
With that, here’s are 7 achievable personal and professional New Year’s Resolutions for healthcare workers.
As a healthcare worker, trying to stay hydrated during your busy schedule can be difficult, especially when you’re assisting, caring, cleaning, sanitizing, and ensuring the safety of all who walk through your facility. But you have to remember to take care of yourself.
There are many ways to remind yourself to stay hydrated.
If one of your new year’s resolutions is to be and stay healthy, joining a wellness challenge may be right for you. Healthcare workers can join workout challenges to help them change their diet, meditate, or implement lasting healthy habits, i.e., walking during their breaks or quitting smoking.
Work wellness challenges allow healthcare workers to interact with others while setting healthy goals. Also, having support from other workers and friends can help you achieve your health goals before the end of the year.
Note: Connect with your employer about Work Wellness Challenges or create your own.
If your goal for 2021 is to connect with other healthcare workers or people with the same interest, why not attend a webinar? Webinars allow you to learn more about what’s going on and get acquainted with others in your field. Expanding your professional network is important and will enable you to expand your knowledge and keep you updated on healthcare trends.
Alternative: Expand your knowledge and socialize by reading more journals and joining an online meetup group or social event on diverse subjects.
Healthcare can be stressful, especially during a pandemic. The work can leave you physically exhausted, anxious, and depressed. Having someone to talk to can help put things into perspective and reflect on how far you’ve come and where you’re going.
Most therapy sessions have gone remote, making it accessible for healthcare workers to connect with a therapist on the go. Using apps such as PeerRxMed or Talkspace, which has discounts for healthcare workers, allows you to connect virtually with therapists and counselors. Virtual therapy is convenient. You and your therapist can set up a time to talk during breaks or days off.
Note: Connect with your employer to see if there is an on-site therapist or check with your health providers for therapist recommendations.
Note (2): There’s a Therapy for Black Girls’ Directory full of Therapists, including cost.
If 2020 has taught us anything, it would be to expect the unexpected and make room for the unknown. That is why doing monthly check-ins with yourself is crucial. Whether you decide to create monthly goals, meditate, having conversations with yourself, or reaching out for support, do it
As healthcare workers, your priority is the patients and community at large. In the new year, make yourself a priority. Healthcare workers must take an inventory of themselves, checking in on their health, relationships, and supporting themselves.
Although challenging, healthcare workers should try to make time and examine their relationship with them.
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