Caring about yourself helps you succeed!
Healthcare workers and students understand that caring is essential to their patients’ health and well-being. In the healthcare field, you'll almost always be active, trying to assist the needs of your patients throughout the day. However, it’s important to stop once in a while and make sure your own needs are met as well. To give the best care possible to your patients, you need to take care of both your mental and physical health.
Self-confidence and care are essential for succeeding in life. At the Harris Casel Institute, we want our students to live the happiest and most fulfilling lives possible. We also want to provide you with the opportunities to give the best care you can to your patients.
If you’ve been feeling uninspired or unhappy lately, here are steps for improving your self-care. In turn, this could improve your self-worth in your field and happiness in your personal life!
1. Proper hygiene
Maintaining proper hygiene is a basic trait for any job...and life in general. However, it's especially necessary for a healthcare position. Remember to bathe regularly, wear appropriate workplace attire, and maintain a healthy environment for you and your patients. Be diligent about washing your hands and maintaining infection control practices. Having good hygiene shows that you value yourself and care for the patients in your charge. It also makes you appear more approachable and presentable. Your daily routine can include brushing your teeth, washing your face, and ironing your clothes. If you feel stressed out, pamper yourself by taking a nice relaxing bath or getting a massage on your day off. Taking care of the physical body can help you feel more grounded and refreshed. You could even feel more energized during your work hours. When you feel and look like you take care of yourself, you can exude more confidence.
2. Be kind to yourself
A lot of times, the way you treat yourself reflects the way other people treat you. Make sure to be kind to yourself. Give yourself credit for your accomplishments and hard work, even if you don’t succeed at something the first time. Being a healthcare worker is demanding, so appreciate yourself and the important role you play.
Try using these steps towards self-love each day:
- Write positive affirmations about yourself
- Acknowledge and appreciate your accomplishments
- Focus on your strengths and try to improve your weaknesses
- Present your best self
- Treat yourself to a present
- Relax or enjoy a fun activity
- Seek counseling
- Accept your flaws—no one is perfect and everyone has them!
3. Use positive reinforcements
Positivity can turn your life around! Talk positively about yourself and others. Be positive and fair when talking about your skills. When others see that you value your role, you can build positive connections and experience positive interactions with others. Plus, it shows others that you have self-worth. When you speak with others, use a positive attitude and tone of voice. Build respect for them by listening. Offer constructive criticism in a gentle way when necessary. Being positive shows you are responsible and want to see your coworkers, patients, and the healthcare facility you work in run smoothly. It lets others know that you have a great attitude or that you actively seek to resolve issues instead of making them worse.
4. Don’t sweat it!
Don’t dwell on negative situations or rude comments. When someone is rude to you for no reason, it reflects on them. People are sometimes mean because they are ignorant, fearful, irritable due to their own hardships, or maybe judgmental. Let go of the negativity others show. Try to remain positive and stand up for yourself. People shouldn’t be disrespectful to you for no reason, so it’s ok to remind them about kindness and the golden rule. As long as you know you’re doing your best and following the facilities’ guidelines, that’s what counts! Being truthful to yourself, remaining kind, and communicating clearly with others can help you resolve many situations. You’re on the path to self-growth and confidence! In many cases, it’s best to be forgiving!
5. Avoid negative obstacles...and take the high road!
Always be kind to others and never instigate a negative situation at work or school. Being manipulative or negative towards someone else makes you look unprofessional, petty, and get you in trouble at work or school. You don’t want a poor reputation! Healthcare environments and classrooms have no room for negative actions. If you find yourself in a negative situation, try to resolve it at a convenient time. If you need help confronting a situation, ask your teacher or supervisor for mediation. Informing a higher-up could help patch up the situation. It also shows you’d like a more professional and respectful environment. Remember to remain empathetic, fair, and non-judgmental to others. When you bring maturity to the situation, it shows you are professional. This could build your self-respect and help others respect you too.
Build a strong foundation by appreciating yourself first and foremost. This will help you truly appreciate and love the work you do in the healthcare field! Self-love and care can help you have a more fulfilling life. These tips may provide you with improved mental health and an optimistic attitude towards your patients and loved ones.
The Harris Casel Institute offers student advice and career-related tips in its weekly blog. If you’d like information on our healthcare training programs, contact us at a time most convenient for you!