It is normal to feel sad, stressed or overwhelmed during a crisis.
- Talk to people you trust or a counsellor. Maintain a healthy lifestyle: proper, sleep, exercise and social contacts with friends and family. Don’t use alcohol, smoking or drugs to deal with your emotions. *If you have concerns, talk with your supervisor, and if you start feeling unwell tell your doctor immediately.
You are Not Alone
Many of your colleagues are likely going through the same experience. This additional pressure may make you feel that you are not doing a good job, but remember to be kind to yourself.
Take care of your basic needs. Ensure you are getting enough rest between shifts and remember to eat. Stay in contact with family and friends and share how you feel with them.
Health Workers and Stigma
Unfortunately, you may experience ostracization by your family or community. This can make a challenging situation even more difficult. Stay connected with your loved ones through digital methods and use your colleagues to talk about shared experiences.
Chronic Stress and Your Body
If your stress worsens, you are not to blame. Everyone experiences stress and copes with it differently. Ongoing stress can affect your personal life and your day job. You may feel changes such as:
- Feeling low
- Chronic exhaustion
- Body pain
- Stomach aches
If you are feeling chronic stress it can affect your work. If you are overwhelmed approach your lead or the appropriate person to ensure you are provided with support.
World Health Organization (2020). "Coping with stress". Retrieved from here