The festive period is a time for people to unwind, relax and enjoy the company of those they love the most. It’s a time when people also like to spread love and joy and reflect on the year gone by, all whilst living by the phrase ‘eat, drink and be merry’.
However, working in the healthcare industry means that the festive period may not always be like it is in the films for you. It might not be magical, cheerful, and about spreading love and joy. It can be quite lonely, sad, and distressing.
Whilst others are visiting friends and family, you could be looking after a patient in ICU whose family hasn’t been able to visit them due to Covid.
You could be holding the hand of a patient who is suffering with their mental health and doesn’t know how they can carry on, whilst others are visiting the wonderful Christmas markets.
You’re visiting a sick, elderly patient at home whose only form of human contact is you, whilst your friends are drinking mulled wine at a carol concert.
Now, we know these are things you experience all year round, but they become even more difficult at this time of year, leaving you feeling deflated, burnt out, and distressed.
We wish there were something we could do to make this time of year easier for healthcare professionals, but unfortunately, there is very little we can do other than be there to support our Medical Marvels and do our bit to take away as much of the stress as possible for them.
However, our fantastic Clinical Lead, Lara Lamb who is an experienced Nurse, has kindly provided us with her top tips for working during the festive period.
Lara’s festive top tips…
- Do not get hung up on sticking to a specific day to celebrate Christmas. As we all know, Healthcare Professionals can’t always have Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year off
- Make time for you and your family
- Look out for your colleagues and be kind – the holiday period isn’t a positive time for everyone, so take the time to be kind to others
- Get plenty of sleep and get the rest you need. Covid isn’t over yet, so we may still be facing staff shortages over the festive period
- Last, but not least – make sure you enjoy yourself when you get the opportunity! Leave work behind and remember you deserve to enjoy yourself too!
We would like to take this as an opportunity to thank all healthcare professionals for their bravery and the sacrifices they have already and continue to make for us. Bluestones Medical & Bluestones Medical Complex Care really do appreciate YOU!