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Emotional Wellness Month

How to Sturdy a Patient’s Emotional Wellbeing in the Thick of Struggles

Keeping your emotional and mental state at a solid and balanced altitude can be a challenge for anyone withstanding a stressful season. Patients who are constantly constrained by a backdrop of limitations or disabilities are more prone to have outer occurrences trigger their emotional wellbeing. Often it will play out with patients giving a hard time or not cooperating with care. More than getting frustrated, it is beneficial to analyze and understand what is bugging their heart and being conscious to spread positive vibes which are contagious.

 Communication and Engagement

Explaining the care that will be done, why we are doing it and a heads-up what to expect gives our patients a sense of security. Especially when dealing with young children, it helps them understand why they are spending hours of treatment instead of playing in the park. Developmentally delayed patients benefit from communication too.  Making the professional interactions fun by engaging with them, and just smiling your brightest smile makes them look forward to treatment time instead of dreading it.

Giving them the feeling of independence

Patients may often stumble over little things they cannot do. They are confined to their physical limits, forcing them to be dependent on their inner circle of family and caregivers. Moreover, they are constantly being instructed what and how to do things. More than 60% of patients complain that the worst thing after their actual illness is the feeling of helplessness, being out-of-control and constantly relying on others. When patients feel this way, it can sometimes prompt then to test those surrounding them to prove they can do what they want. While we cannot change the reality, it is proven that a sense of independence is more feeling than reality. By addressing our patients directly and asking them prior to doing any care “Can I do x, y, z for you?” It replaces their feeling of control in their situation.

Encouraging Their Confidence and Self-trust

What you say matters! Just talk because they care a lot about what you say than they lead on. Complimenting a patient at every step and sharing them with the sign of every drop of progress builds their confidence that they are doing it all for a reason.

Keep Smiling

The curve that sets everything straight carries some magic with it. Your smile remains a winning tool to promote happiness and health.

 Last But truly #1: Be on Top of Your Emotional Wellness!

It is impossible to pour from an empty cup, lending weight to the importance of healthcare professionals caring for their own emotional wellbeing, as this is vital to enable you to keep others healthy and safe emotionally and physically.

✔Give Yourself Time

To clear the widespread misconception: Me – time is no luxury or selfish gesture. It is something you must do to keep going without getting drained from the constant work stress. It is best if we set a ritual time which is sacred for us to just sit and relax.

✔Do What You Love

Whether it is devoting time to relationships, painting strokes on canvas, journaling the day’s occurrences or your favorite yoga position that gives you that boost, remember the rule of thumb.

Rule of thumb: If you love it do more of it.

Be on a Job You Love

Loving your downtime or hobby time is not adequate to keep emotion wellness and stress levels at bay. We need to love what we are doing and be passionate about our life at work too. Contact us today to find the job you will truly love with the best fringe benefits too.

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