Healthcare workers do so much for their communities. If you’re in the medical field, you put so much compassion and care into your work. You’re likely someone who cares deeply about your community and wants to connect with others who care just as much as you do.
While you don’t have to do more than you’re already doing, setting up a fundraiser to help other healthcare workers or groups near you can make a huge difference.
Encourage Others In Your Community To Chip In
There are many ways that COVID-19 impacted healthcare workers and other communities, and there are other challenges that individuals in your community face.
Maybe a local healthcare center that relies on volunteers and donations could use a fundraiser, or maybe there are children in your community that need more access to food and clothing.
You could encourage people you know or the place you work to host a fundraiser to help others in your community or to raise awareness of the needs of people in the medical profession during this more trying time.
Here are some specific ways to work with others in your area to help:
- Connect to others in the AHP (Association of Healthcare Philanthropy). This organization is great for medical professionals to join as it has organizational benefits for healthcare workers.
- Consider setting up or working with others to set up a fundraiser. It’s even simple to organize an online fundraiser for your birthday or an anniversary. You can just request that your friends and family donate to the cause instead of giving you a gift.
- Get together a group of volunteers: Volunteer work looks great on a resume if you’re planning to get a new job in the field. Along with this professional benefit, volunteering also makes you feel good. While you are already doing a lot to help others, you can help others you know to see the importance of volunteering.
Just remember that if you’re already feeling overwhelmed, you don’t need to do more than you’re already doing. But, because you are a respected member of the community, you can likely make a big difference if you’re in a place you’d like to help when off the clock, too.
Don’t Forget To Take Care Of Yourself
As a medical professional, you must work to keep others healthy, keep up to date on your licensing requirements, and worry about your other daily responsibilities. To help your community, your patients, and your loved ones, you have to focus on yourself sometimes.
There’s a good chance you’re already stretching yourself thin, so one of the best things you could do could be just to take a break. While you may not be able to take as long of a vacation as you would like, you could take a weekend getaway to a nearby town or book a trip to the spa.
And, don’t forget to ask for help from others if you need it. Mental health is a big concern for many people, especially healthcare employees.
Here are a few tips for unwinding after stressful days or shifts:
- Get a massage to help your muscles relax and get rid of some of the extra stress you’re carrying in your body.
- Take a power nap when you have the chance, as sleep is key to feeling healthy on all levels.
- Consider seeing about mental health services that your job offers, like therapy.
While these tips might not solve the problem, they can help you focus a bit more on yourself, which is just as important as everything else.