Presenting the first, one-stop, self-care resource for healthcare workers, specially curated by SingHealth Staff Care Centre.
Caring for Yourself
Dedicated to our Healthcare Heroes!
What is Stress?
Stress is a
state of tension caused by pressure.
Demands of trigger > what you can cope with
Can be a normal and everyday experience.
May be helpful or harmful
Stress reaction can manifest in 4 ways:
Physiological, Emotional, Thoughts, Behavioural
"If I don't complete this task, I will be fired!"
"There is no other way to do this!"
"I am stupid - why can't I do it well and quickly."
"I am so screwed. I cannot handle this anymore."
Too much stress can affect us, even lower our immunity. So it’s important to recognise stress to deal with it. Runaway stress may lead to
Alcohol and drug abuse
Checklist for “Coronaviru-Stress”
Too much pre-occupation with COVID-19
Easily upset, more irritable and impatient
Headaches, backaches, muscular pains
Avoidance of patients and colleagues
Burnout vs stressed out
Burnout is a syndrome of
reduced personal accomplishment.
Whereas stressed out people may be too involved with their work,
burned-out people no longer feel involved with theirs. In burnout, individuals
lose their motivation and involvement. They give up.
Checklist for Depression
Feeling down/sad/empty most of the time
Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities
Significant weight loss or gain
Loss of or increase in appetite
Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
Restlessness or slowing down
Fatigue or loss of energy nearly everyday
Difficulty thinking or concentrating
Having thoughts of dying or suicide
Checklist for Anxiety
Feeling extremely anxious or worried
Difficulty controlling worry
Restlessness or feeling edgy
Feeling easily fatigued or tired
Difficulty concentrating or experiencing one’s mind going blank
Difficulty with sleep
Uncomfortable physical symptoms For e.g., cold sweats, muscle tension, trembling, palpitations, shortness of breath
Checklist for OCD
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a condition where one experiences:
Repeated distressing and intrusive thoughts (obsessions) For e.g., over germs, contamination
Repeated actions (compulsions) For e.g., excessive hand washing, re-checking of things like PPE
|Awareness of the risk of infection and proper precautions are crucial for the protection of the healthcare worker, however, in OCD, one’s behaviour significantly interferes with daily life, work performance, or relationships.|
Factors Contributing to Stress
Most of us will feel some amount of stress at this present time…
Some of us may recognise symptoms in ourselves or in our colleagues…