Essential Advice for First Responders: How to Take Intentional Breaks and Reduce Stress
Daily Healthy Actions
As a frontline health worker, you’re doing essential work to keep others safe. At the same time, you may feel overwhelmed by the endurance required to be successful at your job these days. As you know more than others, human beings are not machines; biologically, we can’t just “go go go,” as Jack Groppel, Ph.D., co-founder of the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, says.
Watch this video to learn actionable steps you can take today to help introduce recovery to your routine. While you might not have control over how many patients you see or how many hours you work during a shift, you have more power than you realize to take control of your emotional and physical well-being.
Finding Mental Health Help and Crisis Support
As a frontline health worker, you’re probably experiencing the type of stress that can cause people to feel overwhelmed, anxious, and depressed. These feelings are normal responses considering the crisis. However, when they last too long, impair your ability to function, reemerge from a previous condition, or present a significant risk to you or others, it’s a good time to get help.