Keeping Healthy during Coronavirus
With the increased risk of COVID-19 and all the changes it has brought, not only to our workplace but to our lives, Levante wants to support its staff as they serve those most at risk in our communities: our seniors. Given the uncertainty of this pandemic, it is normal for healthcare workers to feel worried and transform that worry into action, especially when it is geared toward helping others. When these actions are sustained over time, without self-care, frontline staff are often in danger of over working at the expense of their own health.
We all know that the best thing we can do for our seniors (and our own families) is to care for ourselves. Making sure we are physically healthy and mentally resilient allows us to offer the best care to those around us. Whether you work on the front lines of healthcare, in housekeeping, laundry, dietary, or maintenance, we hope this webpage and the resources you find here will help you stay informed, take action, maintain healthy social connections and ultimately support your journey toward optimum mental and physical wellbeing during this time of pandemic and beyond.
To Levante Staff: Thanks for all you do!
If you are a frontline health service provider and would like to contact a psychologist at no cost, please visit the Canadian Psychological Association
What is it? Do I have it? What can I do to help myself or others?
Compassion Fatigue manifests through the physical and mental exhaustion and emotional withdrawal experienced by those who care for the sick, traumatized, or even their own family members, over an extended period of time. People with this kind of fatigue often describe a gradual negative shift in their world view and a preoccupation with the illness of others. They may experience ongoing stress and burnout, affecting their ability to be effective in their jobs and relate to their loved ones and friends.
Are you feeling overwhelmed lately? Know someone who does? Then its worth watching this video to gain additional insight into compassion fatigue and you can do to help yourself and others.
Eight Common Compassion Fatigue Indicators
Ways to Care for Yourself if You are Suffering from Compassion Fatigue
If you’ve done any research on Compassion Fatigue, you know that healing begins with awareness: recognizing and acknowledging you are in distress. If you answered yes to 4 or more of the above Compassion Fatigue Indicators, then congratulations! — you just became aware of what is going on inside you. The next step is figuring out what you need to live well. The video above mentions several ways to cultivate wellbeing: seek help through counseling, create boundaries, recognize you do no need to save everyone, practice mindfulness meditation, change the looping messages you hear, strengthen your resiliency. There are many self care to-do lists. Part of your job on the road to recovery is figuring out what you need to heal. If you are an introvert, you may need more time alone. If you are an extrovert, you may need more quality time with others. As you research, listen to what resonates with you and take steps to craft these things into your life. Why? Because you are worth it and deserve to live a beautiful, whole, life.
The following links have been carefully curated by Levante’s professional colleagues and are designed to help our staff, whether they are nurses, PSW’s working in housekeeping or dietary, work through the emotional health issues that can arise when you are busy taking care of others.
Compassion Fatigue Resources
Each of the links below have been carefully reviewed. It is our hope that you find them an excellent starting point:
Overcoming Compassion Fatigue and Building Resilience:
CAMH: Talking to Children About Covid and It’s Impact
How to Talk to Your Child about COVID
Video: How to Talk to Your Children about COVID
How to Deal with Joint Custody
“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” — Eleanor Brown