What do I mean by rekindle your Calm-charm? Do you know what a Calm-charm is? Did you know that you already have one? Everybody has one. Maybe you just forgot about it. Read More
Wouldn’t it be great for you to walk into work on Monday morning feeling happy that you’re there and more at ease? Not that you walk in wondering which coworker was going to get on your nerves first? Wouldn’t it be nice to go to work feeling the way you feel if you were coming to work on a Friday? When it’s Friday, you feel happy, you are smiling, and you have got a pep in your step.
Here are 10 suggestions that you can use that will help you have a great work week.
The seventh thing. At lunchtime, see if you can bring your favorite light lunch. When you eat a good meal, you feel good. Treat one of your coworkers out to lunch or make it a group lunch. Have lunch with your spouse, family member, or out-of-work friend. Be with someone you can talk with at lunchtime, have a good time, and relax. If you’re not able to do that, just go for a nice walk, get some fresh air, do some deep breathing. Listen to nice music.
Potential Points of Contact for the Spread of Covid-19
Like me, you still must go to work in this day of COVID-19. You are in a profession that can NOT close its doors or at least someone has to be there. That someone maybe you.
There are so many “opportunities” to spread disease that we don’t even think of. And even though we may not be able to 100% eliminate acquiring disease at work, there are certainly several ways we can decrease our risk of acquiring one. Read More
As more companies are opening up, we all need to do our part to decrease the risk for spreading Coronavirus at work. There are many avenues to spread disease and we may not be able to successfully eliminate all possibilities, but we can focus on staying safe.
Many individuals are stressed, concerned and worried about COVID-19 as we struggle to adapt to this new normal. Many are thinking, do I have COVID? Or they hear that if you drink a certain tea or have a particular blood type, you cannot get the Coronavirus. There’s a lot of misinformation out there which is contributing to what I refer to as “COVID Chaos.”
Here are six ways to avoid COVID Chaos and reduce your stress during these tough times.
- Find reputable sources of information and news and don’t fall victim to false claims. I mean, if you want to be healthy, you’re going to eat healthy food, right? So if you want good information, you need to feed yourself good information coming from a qualified news source that’s based on science and medical facts.
- While it is important to stay informed, it’s also important that you don’t stay glued to the news all day long as that can increase your anxiety. Stay on top of the information but limit your viewing to two times per day and move on.
- The third thing is, once you start to feel this weight of the world and the way everything is going on, not just COVID, but race relations, a heat wave, tropical storms, COVID, bills, everything. That can totally be anxiety provoking. Go off to your quiet spot, even if it’s just for a couple of minutes. If you’re around other people, go to the restroom. That’s the one place, you know that you can be alone and by yourself for a few moments, where you can get it together and do some deep breathing. Breathing is an essential method for finding your calm.
- Follow recommended guidelines that are shared by the authorities who are studying this virus and doing the research behind it. The newest guidelines stress the importance of wearing a mask to reduce your risk and the risk of others. This should not be a political topic – this is a health and safety topic and we need to do our part of reduce the spread of the disease. And always wash your hands and use hand sanitizer to further protect yourself.
- Avoid crowds when possible – shop early in the day and always wear a mask. Many stores provide sanitizer to wipe down your shopping carts – utilize these when they’re provided.
- Get checked out. Now, what do I mean by that? Go ahead and contact your healthcare professional and see if you are actually at risk or if you actually need to be tested. There’s something to be said, for sure, about peace of mind. If you are at low risk and you’re still concerned, see if you can find a testing center, someone who’s conducting the test. There’s also telemedicine, where you can have the conversations online, to see if you should actually come in and get tested or go find some place to get tested.
During these tough times, let’s please try and help each other out and just do the right thing. Do right by each other. Be nice to each other. Together we can stay safe and healthy.
The other morning, I went to the store early to avoid crowds. I entered wearing my mask and noticed one of my elderly patients. She looked like she was having a hard time getting around walking with her cane and she wasn’t wearing a mask. I grabbed a cart for her and asked her where was her mask. She said, “I don’t have one.” Read More
10 Ways to Stay Safe and Stress-Free at Work
As a physician, I’ve needed to continue to go to work throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. You may also find yourself in the situation where you need to go into work and working remotely is not always an option. To help keep all of us safe at work, I’ve listed 10 ways to help reduce your anxiety during these uncertain times as well as staying safe.
The first thing is to breathe. I’ll say it today. I’ll say it tomorrow. I said it last year. I’ll say it in the coming years. Breathe. It’s the cornerstone of stress management as this is where you activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which is your body’s response when it’s in a relaxed state. You can take this benefit to the next level to meditate when possible, even if for only short periods of time.
- Practice good hygiene
Practice good hygiene before you even get to work. Brush your teeth. Wash your body. Washing just not only helps you smell good, but it helps remove the dirt, bacteria, viruses, and all that stuff from your skin.
- Prepare your own food
When possible, pack your own meals for work. This reduces your risk of coming into contact with the virus and will also reduce your anxiety by knowing you’re limiting your exposure.
- Do your part to decrease spread of germs
Be mindful of what you’re touching or take precautions to touch only cleaned-off surfaces, or make sure you’re cleaning off those surfaces. For example, door knobs, coffee pots, etc. I have videos on my YouTube channel that covers this topic more in detail.
- Move meetings/discussions to a virtual format
Help decrease your stress in this day of COVID-19 at work by having more virtual meetings or correspondences. In some work settings it may be hard to practice social distancing and remain six feet apart, so hold virtual discussions when possible. Even when everyone is in the same building, hold virtual meetings wherever possible.
- Don’t give attitude
The sixth thing is, okay, it can be a little bit humorous, but it’s really true. The sixth thing is don’t give attitude, okay? Don’t fuel the fire. A lot of your coworkers, maybe even you, are on edge, and maybe feeling extra stressed. We all want to be safe. We all want to make sure each other is safe, especially in the work setting. I would just encourage you not to give attitude to your coworkers and don’t perpetuate falsity. If something is not 100% accurate, don’t just start rumors. Stick with facts and be supportive during these crazy times.
- Be kind to coworkers
Be respectful, right? You know we’re all feeling the stress, okay? We’re all different walks of life. We all handle our stress in different ways. The last thing that we need to do is to turn on each other. My mom used to tell me, “There’s really no sink or swim. There’s only a swim or swim.” There’s no choice. We got to keep it moving. We got to be there to support other, and keep it moving, and protect each other.
- Do your job then go home – don’t linger
Do your job admirably, and then go home. If there’s any other correspondences, maybe you all can text each other, or connect virtually. If there’s something that you need to do at work, you do your job. Minimize points of contact.
- Work from home when possible
Employers are trying to find ways to keep workers safe and more are enabling their staff to work from home at times. Do your part and work remotely when possible.
- Check out additional resources
Many of us find ourselves stressed at work, even before the COVID-19 pandemic. My book, Relaxed and Ready, shares insights on ways you can reduce your anxiety at work. I can’t see a better time not to pick up a copy for yourself, or you can give it as a gift for somebody who you know is stressing at work and need a little bit of help with that. Please visit relaxedandreadybook.com for a copy.
Just know that you are not alone. I’m not alone. We’re all not alone. I know in this day of Coronavirus, everybody is definitely on a big learning curve. Let’s continue to support each other during these challenging times and do our part. You can continue to find tips, motivational quotes and inspiration by following me on social media at @drdeitrickg. I look forward to staying in touch!
What are you grateful for? I know there is a lot going on these days, and I imagine you have much to think about during these crazy times. But I would like for you to take a few moments just to focus on gratitude.
I realize there are many not-so-good things going on in the world. But think about it – it could always be worse. To give some perspective, remember that your ‘bad’ day could actually be someone else’s ‘good’ day. Even if your days are not the best lately, there’s still an opportunity to practice gratitude. Find in your heart that something or someone that you’re truly grateful for.
Also, remember that you’re learning, you’re growing, and most likely, gaining new perspectives. These developments are definitely something to be grateful for!
Have you ever just thought about jotting things down? This would include writing down what you’re truly grateful for – whether it’s simple notes or journaling. This is something that you can reflect upon when you may have one of your not-so-good days, and give you the chance to cherish that memory. This alone may lift your spirits and give you another opportunity to be grateful.
Some studies show that people who feel gratitude are often happier and experience less stress and anxiety. Every day presents the chance to practice feeling grateful. Why not give it a try? Relax Well!
Relax and Be Grateful for your Failures and Rejections
What do I mean by relax and be grateful for your failures and rejections? Have you ever failed at something? Been rejected? Well of course you have. I know I have.
Things don’t always go as planned.
When this happens, how do you react?
At work, how do you feel when you don’t get the promotion or the project you wanted? Or maybe you were let go?
Yes, of course it’s going to hurt. You may be embarrassed, mad, shocked – experience your emotions.
After your anger, hurt, etc. subsides, you have a choices to make. Do you continue with your emotions, get upset, talk bad about everything – resort to poor coping mechanisms? Or do you take a deep breath, slow things down and think about things?
Ask yourself, “Do I have an opportunity to do something different. Is this just the blessing I needed to push me to go back to school or start my business, develop my passion?”
You remember in school when you may have failed or received a low grade on an important test? I know I have.
To gain acceptance into medical school you’re required to take the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test). The first time I took the test, I received a low score. My feelings were hurt but I wanted to be a doctor. I took the test again and once more received a low score.
A close friend suggested that maybe I shouldn’t become a doctor. That really hurt. Even my college counselor mentioned that maybe I should pursue something else. But I knew I wanted to be a doctor.
Long story, short – I earned a competitive, passing score on my 7th attempt.
Once I entered medical school, I did fine on the exams and boards. If I let my MCAT failures stop me, I wouldn’t be a physician today.
I’ve also learned that failure or rejection in a relationship can also lead to something better. Years ago, I had just started to date someone and thought things were going well only to have him break up with me. I decided to look at this as a lesson and moved on. I ended up meeting my honey, Kasaly, who’s incredibly kind, funny, and full of love. The relationship has been a complete blessing.
I believe that people and situations in your life happen for a reason. They are teaching moments for all of us. Rejections are turning points and character building opportunities.
When you are dismissed by others, DO not to dismiss yourself.
Make your way, pave your road. The road may not be a straight line to your goal but relish the curves and the bumps and the journey because you’ve got this.
Be grateful that you are learning valuable lessons and getting to know yourself. You’re being released from situations or people that are of not going to uplift you. Just be grateful.