31 Oct Stress Relief Tips for Locum Tenens Physicians
As we approach the Holiday season, many full-time docs begin to take some long-awaited time off from their hospital or practice. This opens up opportunities for locum tenens physicians to fill in at typically higher-than-normal pay.
Hospitals need a short-term staffing solution. However, since the high demand for holiday locum coverage is typically covered by a small number of doctors willing to work through the season, stress levels for locum providers can be high.
Thankfully, locums don’t just need to “grin and bear it”. There are ways to cope with stress and anxiety on and off the job.
Here are 5 easy to do techniques to consider:
Perform a Reality Check
Before accepting a locum tenens assignment, it’s important to assess whether the job will work with your personal commitments and family obligations – especially during the holidays. Are you okay with covering for a handful of doctors and wearing many hats? Will you miss being with your family while most full-time practitioners are enjoying the season? Is the assignment a good fit, or are you just doing it for the money? It sounds simple but doing this self-check before you sign a contract will ultimately reduce your stress levels and leave you feeling more in control of your life.
Use Coping Strategies
Put into practice strategies that have worked for you in the past during times of stress. These can include getting enough rest, finding respite time during work or between shifts, eating meals on a schedule, breathing exercises, engaging in physical activity and staying in contact with family and friends.
Perform Regular Self Check-ins
Monitor your feelings for symptoms of depression/stress disorder such as prolonged sadness, difficulty sleeping, intrusive memories, feelings of hopelessness, irritability, etc. Talk to a trusted colleague or supervisor. Be open to seeking professional help if symptoms persist or worsen over time.
Listen to Music
It’s no secret that music can be a great stress reliever at any time of the year. Certain music can influence our alpha brainwaves, making listeners feel more relaxed. Music can also play a big role in triggering happy memories, redirecting emotions to a particular person, place, or time we associate with positive thoughts. So be sure to bring your headphones on your next assignment. don’t forget your headphones!
Remember the Importance and Meaning of your Work
Remind yourself that despite the current challenges and frustrations, what you do is making a positive difference during a time of great uncertainty. Make sure to take time to recognize the efforts and sacrifices made by you and your colleagues.
Take Breaks from the News and Social Media
In times of stress or mental overload, it can be helpful to give your computer and smart phone a rest from time to time. For example, check the news once per day if you like and then let it go. Be sure to focus on information from reputable sources, not just those in your social media feed. There’s no rule that says you have to take in everything produced by a 24/7 news cycle.
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