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Eight Strategies for Handling Stress Effectively

Working as a healthcare traveler is a wonderful career option. The opportunity to travel across the country, working in different healthcare facilities is a dream of many.

As great as working as a traveler is, however, it’s still stressful.

Read below for some tips on how to keep stress under control while traveling.

  1. Remember to take note as your stress level rises, and take a deep breath. This really does help. In addition, if you find that colleagues around you are starting to get “testy,” make it a point to remain an island of calm within the turmoil. Aim to not allow yourself to become testy too. Stay steady; don’t let your own anger or frustration escalate.
  2. Providing staff members with choices – even if they’re not the choices they’d prefer – provides a feeling of having some control over an uncontrollable situation. This can help keep stress down. Even if the options are minor (“I can take lunch now or wait an hour and take it later”) they can be powerful when it comes to keeping yourself – or the members of your team – from feeling helpless.
  3. Remember that to perform a task in haste often means having to do it again. Think of tip #1 and as your stress level rises, take a moment to breathe before performing a task.
  4. Practicing mindful breathing, meditation or yoga on your off hours can help you learn how to stay calm when everyone around you is hot with stress.
  5. Do your best to eat a healthful diet. It’s easy to go after comfort food when under duress. Donuts, candy, snacks from the vending machine, even a quick microwave macaroni and cheese dinner when you get home can be oh so tempting. But remember that plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and whole grains can go a long way to helping you stay healthy and feel energetic during your assignment’s shifts.
  6. The same goes with ensuring you get enough rest while on assignment. You may feel that you want to see and explore everything in your assignment city while there. You want to give your all while at work. And these are fine, except if doing so compromises the time needed to get enough rest. You’ll do no one – not your patients, your co-workers, ort even yourself – any good if you’re not fully functioning. Making sure you get at least seven or eight hours of sleep a night is a crucial step in keeping stress from getting the best of you.
  7. If you’re stressing about having an assignment when your current one ends, be sure to stay in close touch with your travel staffing service’s recruiter. Let him or her know when your assignment is scheduled to end and ask for another one.
  8. Finally, don’t forget to take breaks from traveling. If an assignment is ending and you feel it’s a good idea to take a break, do it! Let your recruiter(s) know you need a break and give a date that you’ll be available again.

All healthcare jobs are stressful. Working as a healthcare traveler is neither more nor less so, and much of the stress is counterbalanced by the fact that you get to travel. If working as a traveler appeals to you, send your resume to a recruiter at MedPro Healthcare Staffing.