Managing Mental Health During COVID-19
Advice for Frontline Professionals
Not only do healthcare workers suffer the anxiety of caring for the sick, but they also must forge a calm companionship with their partners and children. The level of stress they put themselves through daily is immense, and it should come as no surprise that their mental health is in jeopardy.
They lack crucial information, face a shortage of essential equipment, and must battle public panic. The last one, especially, takes many forms, from gossip and social rejection to denial of essential services and physical assaults, all of which can compound their mental burden.
Mental health is one of the most important healthcare topics. Since individuals in the healthcare industry are the first line of defense against infection, especially today's coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, they must keep themselves healthy physically as well as mentally.
Here are 5 ways for physicians and other providers to cope during this difficult time.
You and many of your health worker colleagues are likely stressed; in fact, it is quite normal to be feeling this way in the current situation. Stress and feelings associated with it are by no means a reflection that you cannot do your job or that you are weak.
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