“Mental health and Well-being for Frontline Workers Digital Toolkit”, developed by the International Working aims to provide rapid resources to exercise support that could be used to help relieve stress, exhaustion and other psychological distress. It offers a wide range of resources and guidance for healthcare workers during times of crisis. This tool kit is divided into various sections intended to provide ways to combat emotional exhaustion and maintain a consistent sleep schedule.
1. Chill out rooms
These rooms focus on creating a psychologically safe space within the workspace, where healthcare workers can take a breather and sit down, to relieve their stress, this is achieved by making a safe constituted of the things required to instill comfort and calmness. This combats the prevalence of work stress.
To maintain good mental health and a productive lifestyle, it’s essential to obtain a work-life balance, by allotting time to self-care and work equally. This promotes healthy and positive mental health.
3.Manage burnout among healthcare workers.
Burnout is prevalent among healthcare workers, and they are usually exhausted emotionally, confused, and distressed, causing decline of mental health. During these circumstances, it is essential and encouraged to seek help, and there are myriad ways to do so.
4.Make sense of distress.
Distress is an unpleasant feeling and condition which can be identified through various indications.These symptoms can be relieved by empathizing and asking open-ended questions.
5.Practice calming techniques
De-stress without invalidating your situation through healthy, relaxing and soothing activities that help you. Different techniques of mindful breathing and observation can be practiced. Mindful observation is to notice direct sensory experience, to truly experience a moment, this touch with reality helps to mitigate stress, by creating a healthier headspace.
6. Manage suicidal thoughts.
“People having suicidal ideas or thoughts may not necessarily say it out loud”
Personal, Social, Psychological and Medical problems contribute to the emergence of suicidal thoughts. Different principles are to be followed when it comes to the criticality of suicide. People having suicidal thoughts or ideas may not necessarily say it out loud, therefore it is wise to look out and understand for soft signs.
7. Psychological First Aid.
Both cognitive and physical responses are evoked during a crisis. In a situation like this, it is advised to check for the 4 D’s – Distress, Danger (to self/other), Dysfunction and Deviation.
8.Maintain Sleep Hygiene
-Sleep is critical to cognitive functions and reduction of stress, and it is very important to maintain a consistent sleep schedule and create a comfort capacity to attain peace and enhance your mind space.
To know more checkout the toolkit here