Working in a medical setting can be extremely stressful, given the fluctuating volume of patients, phone calls and multiple demands on one’s time. Finding ways to manage or alleviate that stress can be challenging! Anyone who has worked in this environment for more than a couple of years will tell you there are days when you just want to walk out … and never return!
Since everyone needs a job, there are some small steps one can take to reduce daily work stressors. My personal favorite is what I refer to as a “smokeless break.” Exactly as it sounds: It’s going outside for a break, only without tobacco products! Take a walk around the building, sit in the car and listen to music for a few minutes, or simply enjoy the sun. It’s amazing what a few minutes away from the work area can do for the mind and the soul.
For the same reason, it is a very wise decision to take lunch breaks out of the office. When eating at work, it never feels like a break. People continue talking about work, asking questions and so forth. This is one piece of advice I give all new hires. Pack a lunch and go outside if you don’t want or can’t afford to eat out daily. At our office there is a community picnic table for this purpose. There is also a nearby park.
Perhaps the most critical component to avoiding or reducing stress at work is recognizing it. Much easier to head it off at the pass than to deal with it after the fact! Know when it’s time for a break, or when it’s time to ask for help!