Are you an essential worker in the COVID-19 outbreak?
Posted on April 24th, 2020
Sometimes heroes need helping too!
We understand times are tough right now – the demand and pressure within your job is higher than ever.
As a first-responder and an essential worker during the Coronavirus pandemic, keeping your mental wellbeing in check is vital, so that you can keep helping those in the wider community who need it the most.
Everyone reacts to stress in their own individual way – a person’s ability to cope can be impacted by a number of factors including previous experience, genetics, social supports, thinking styles and purpose.
In the case of first-responders and essential workers, your response to COVID-19 can take an emotional toll on you.
There are things you can do to reduce Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) reactions:
- Acknowledge that STS can impact anyone helping families after a traumatic event.
- Learn the symptoms including physical (fatigue, illness) and mental (fear, withdrawal, guilt).
- Allow time for you and your family to recover from responding to the pandemic.
- Create a menu of personal self-care activities that you enjoy, such as spending time with friends and family, exercising, or reading a book.
- Take a break from media coverage of COVID-19.
- Ask for help if you feel overwhelmed or concerned that COVID-19 is affecting your ability to care for your family and patients as you did before the outbreak.
CentacareCQ offers professional and confidential counselling and psychology services. Psychology appointments can be arranged as Telehealth and Bulk Billed through Medicare.
Sessions can be conducted over the phone or via video chat.
Get the help you need during COVID-19, no matter where you are.