May 25, 2023
Celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month as a Traveling Medical Professional
May 25, 2023
Traveling medical professionals play an essential role in the healthcare industry. They go where they are needed most to provide medical assistance to patients all over the country and they are constantly on the move. While being a traveling medical professional can be adventurous and exciting, it can also be stressful and take a toll on one’s mental health.
It is important that traveling medical professionals prioritize their mental health and well-being so that they can continue providing quality care to their patients. Our recruiters at Ventura MedStaff give some of their best tips on how travelers can focus on their mental health this month.
Traveling medical professionals have a demanding job, and it can be challenging to take time off. However, it is crucial to rest and recharge, as it helps prevent burnout and fatigue. It would be best to take breaks when your schedule allows it and get a good night’s sleep every night. Even short breaks or naps can help restore energy levels and improve mental health.
Mindfulness is a technique that involves being present in the moment and paying attention to one’s thoughts, feelings, and surroundings. Practicing mindfulness can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression – helping to improve overall well-being. As a traveling medical professional, you can practice mindfulness by taking a few minutes to focus on your breathing, meditate, or do yoga.
Working in a different location every couple of weeks can be isolating and make it harder to make new friends. However, it is essential to connect with family and friends to avoid being lonely. Traveling medical professionals can keep in touch with friends back home through social media or by scheduling video calls. Or try and connect with current colleagues by organizing a night out on the town or a lunch get-together.
Taking care of your physical health goes hand in hand with taking care of your mental health. As a traveling medical professional, you may have limited access to healthy foods and exercise facilities, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have options. Try and opt for healthy meals when you can and try and exercise regularly – even if it is just a walk around your neighborhood. Physical activity can release endorphins that improve your mood and reduce stress.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or struggling with your mental health, do not be afraid to seek professional help. As a traveling medical professional, you may have access to mental health services through the facility in which you are placed, or through your health insurance. Talking with a professional can give you a better understanding of your emotions and help to lessen feelings of anxiety or depression.
It’s important to remember that self-case isn’t selfish, it’s a necessity! This month, prioritize your mental health and be the best possible version of yourself. Ventura MedStaff is here to support you in any way that we can.
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