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Prioritizing mental well-being during the holiday season

  • Publish Date: Posted 3 months ago
  • Author:by Conexus MedStaff

The holiday season often brings joy and celebration, but for many international registered nurses and medical technologists living in the United States, it can also bring unique challenges to mental well-being. Balancing demanding healthcare careers with upcoming festivities while being far away from your home country and loved ones can be overwhelming. However, with mindful strategies, it's possible to navigate this period with positivity and resilience. In this article, we share advice for keeping spirits high during a busy yet festive season.

 

Navigating the challenges

Homesickness can become more prevalent during the holidays. You may miss the people and traditions you grew up with. The challenges and stresses of working in the healthcare sector can also make this season more difficult – and that’s without taking into account the additional areas of stress that this time of year can bring! That’s why we have compiled the following tips to help you prioritize mental well-being.

 

1. Embrace a supportive community

Connect with colleagues – either within the Conexus community or at your healthcare facility – who share similar experiences. Establishing a support network can help provide a sense of belonging and understanding. Organize small gatherings or virtual meetings to celebrate the season with your work family.

 

2. Cultivate mindfulness practices

Incorporate mindfulness into your routine to manage stress. Whether through meditation, deep breathing exercises, or mindful walks, these practices can help stay centered and focused during hectic times.

 

3. Set realistic expectations

Acknowledge the limitations of your time and energy. Setting realistic expectations for yourself both at work and in personal life can alleviate unnecessary pressure. Prioritize tasks and focus on what truly matters.

 

4. Celebrate cultural diversity

Embrace the diversity of your workplace and community. Explore and share holiday traditions with colleagues from different backgrounds. This not only fosters a sense of inclusivity but also adds richness to the holiday experience.

 

5. Plan ahead

Anticipate potential challenges and plan accordingly. Whether it's coordinating time off with colleagues or organizing virtual celebrations with loved ones abroad, having a plan in place can reduce last-minute stressors.

 

Tips for maintaining positivity

 1. Practice gratitude

Take a moment each day to reflect on the positive aspects of your life. Expressing gratitude, whether through journaling or sharing thoughts with friends or family can shift your focus towards the positives.

 

2. Engage in self-care

Prioritize self-care to recharge both physically and mentally. Make time for activities you enjoy, be it reading, exercising, or simply taking a relaxing bath. Remember that taking care of yourself allows you to better care for others.

 

3. Create meaningful connections

Foster connections with colleagues and friends outside of work. Engage in activities that bring joy and build bonds. These connections can serve as a vital support system during challenging times.

 

4. Stay active

Physical activity is a powerful tool for maintaining mental well-being. Incorporate regular exercise into your routine, even if it's just a short walk. Physical activity releases endorphins, which can boost your mood.

 

5. Limit social media consumption

While social media can connect you with loved ones, it can also contribute to feelings of inadequacy. Limit time on social platforms and focus on the positive aspects of your own life.

 

By navigating challenges of the festive season with a proactive mindset, fostering supportive connections, and embracing positive practices, you can do more than merely survive the holidays – you can set a solid foundation to thrive through them and beyond. Remember, your well-being is paramount, and taking the time to care for yourself ultimately benefits both you and those under your care.

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