If you’re feeling overwhelmed, disconnected, mentally drained or just need to talk some things through, we are here for you. Our team of Registered Psychologists have put together 9 mental wellbeing tips to support our country’s frontline healthcare staff as they continue to work throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mental wellbeing tips for healthcare workers:
- Open up – Discuss with colleagues, friends, and whānau, about any frustrations or challenges you may be facing.
- Reassure yourself – Remember that you’re working a crucial role and doing your best with the resources available.
- Build healthy habits – You can increase your sense of control by keeping a consistent daily routine, getting enough sleep, eating healthy meals, and resting when you need to.
- Stay active – Continue to exercise, when possible, to enhance your overall wellbeing and release ‘feel good’ chemicals into the brain.
- Shift your focus – Identity what things you can and can’t control. Work on what you can control and accept things you can’t control.
- Keep doing what you love – Set aside time every day to do things you enjoy, like baking, arts and crafts, or reading.
- Find healthy ways to deal with stress – If you feel you may be abusing alcohol or other drugs (including prescriptions), reach out for help.
- Micro-breaks – Taking 30-second breaks between usual breaks can help you maintain your focus and help you be more present in the moment. Also, taking a break from the news and social media can be helpful.
- Access free & confidential support – If you’re a frontline healthcare worker, you can access our free and confidential support from our team of Registered Psychologists.
As part of the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 response, we’re providing healthcare professionals, Care/Support Workers, Fire and Emergency services staff, and Māori Wardens on the frontline, access to free and confidential mental wellbeing support.
If you think you’d benefit from being able to talk to someone in a safe, supportive and confidential way, we may be able to help. It is as simple as calling us Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, and we’ll connect you to one of our Registered Psychologists at a time that suits you.