Some days are great. Some so-so, and some are just downright awful.
No matter how hard you try to help your patients, no matter how positive and pleasant you are, regardless of how well your therapies, skills and knowledge base “work” for your patients, you’re going to have those “difficult” days where nothing seems to go right, where you – or your patients – are in a foul mood, where everything seems to “go wrong.”
We have some tips to help you get through these days. Read below for our suggestions.
Most of the things that happen to us in our lives are things over which we have no control. A patient is in a foul mood. Your kid forgot his homework and needs you to bring it to him. A co-worker is running late for her shift, causing you to be late for your departure, meaning you won’t get your car to the mechanic before it closes.
But while we can’t control whether or not “stuff happens” (hint: if it hasn’t yet happened, it will), we can control our response to it.
A patient having a bad day doesn’t mean you have to join him (you can and should feel sympathy/empathy, of course). You can stay angry – or even get angry – at your son and let it simmer in your mind until it explodes. Or not. The same goes for your (justified) consternation at your co-worker’s lateness.
Our point? You can fall into a bad mood or choose not to.
Keeping a positive outlook is hard but not impossible. Especially with practice. To help you “keep calm and carry on” we recommend the following:
- Make sure you get plenty of rest. A tired healthcare professional can become a cranky healthcare professional fairly quickly.
- Take at least 30 minutes a day, every day, and turn off the cell phone, the Internet and the television. You don’t have to meditate, or even sit quietly. You could read or take a walk. The point is to turn the constant bombardment of information off and give your brain some peace.
- You’ve heard it before and again and again, and we’re repeating it here: Eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water.
- When you’re feeling bad, or feeling sorry for yourself, take a few minutes and write down the things for which you’re grateful. These could be anything, from the “biggies” such as people you love and those who love you, to the smallest of pleasures such as a great peanut butter and chocolate truffle. You’ll be amazed how much your mood will lift when you pay attention to all that is good in your life.
Working as a traveling healthcare professional can be a great fact of your life, one that will be added to your grateful list again and again and again. If you’re a nurse, PT, OT, speech therapist, pharmacist, or other allied healthcare professional with a minimum of professional experience, contact a Medpro Healthcare Staffing recruiter today.