Healthcare providers’ mental health during the pandemic. Ways to cope with stress

The cascading effect of the COVID 19 pandemic on the frontline workers has taken its toll on their mental health. Being Covid warriors is not an easy job with so much unfurling in front of their eyes. The pandemic changed the face of the entire world. Not only it led to an economic slump, the crisis upended people’s lives worldwide. People are in a fragile mental state.

There is an uptick in mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and stress during the pandemic. The frontline workers and healthcare providers are serving as first line of defense to save people against the virus. But, the adverse circumstances have subjected them to humongous mental stress and many of them are on the brink of collapse. They risk their lives every day to serve people. Each day they have to witness pain, suffering, death and widespread effect of COVID-19 that has triggered strong emotions, anxiety and depression in them.

A survey conducted by the Mental Health America (MHA) revealed that mental health of healthcare providers are in a very bad shape. It revealed that 93% of health care providers are experiencing symptoms of stress, while 86% are enduring anxiety. Nearly 76% of the healthcare providers have agreed to grappling with burnout, exhaustion and overwhelming emotions.

The statistics are quite alarming, underlining the deteriorating mental health conditions of the healthcare providers.

This year, the National Health Centre week—celebrated by National Association of community health center in the month of August for past 30 years—has taken the decision to honor healthcare providers, frontline workers, medical staff members, patients who lost their lives during pandemic and community health centers that served as a beacon of services, strength and care for their communities.

It is paramount for the healthcare workers to recognize any symptoms of stress & anxiety in them and know where to seek help immediately.

How to recognize symptoms of stress?

Following are some of the most telltale signs of stress in an individual:

  • Self denial, irritation and anger becomes quite palpable
  • Feeling of anxiety, anxiousness and nervousness engulfs the mind
  • Feeling hopelessness
  • Feeling powerless
  • Lack of motivation
  • Feeling overwhelming emotions and jaded
  • Feeling depressed
  • Insomnia or interrupted sleep
  • Lacking ability to focus

Heath care providers are constantly exposed to life threatening situation and they witness agonizing situation on a daily basis during this pandemic, which has compounded their stress levels. Recent studies have provided evidence that during the pandemic health care providers are enduring with acute stress, clinical depression, secondary traumatic stress and post traumatic stress disorder.

How to cope with stress and enhance resilience among healthcare providers?

  • Communication is the key to wade through workplace stress. It is advisable for the healthcare providers to speak up about their job stress to their co-workers or supervisors. It can alleviate their burden and turmoil to a great extent.
  • Identifying the possible reasons of stress and seeking information for accessing mental health treatment are must for the healthcare providers.
  • Healthcare providers need to remind themselves that this pandemic is an unusual situation with limited resources for everyone and they are doing their best with the available resources.
  • Maintaining daily routine such as healthy food, taking break during long-stretch duty and taking appropriate sleep is quite important.
  • Physical exercise, practicing mindfulness and relaxation techniques can help in dealing with stress.
  • Watching news and social media too much also contributes towards stress. Therefore, taking break from news is quite imperative.
  • They should seek immediate help if feeling of depression, stress, anxiety and substance abuse is edging on the mind.

Seek early intervention for mental health issues

On the occasion of the “National Health Center Weekcelebration, we, at Medical Concierge, are privileged to offer the best mental health care treatment to the frontline workers and healthcare providers. We have dedicated and personalized treatment plans, therapy-based treatment and continuum care for our patients. To know more about our treatment plans call us at our 24/7 free toll free number 877-636-0042 or can speak to our online representative.

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