COVID 19 Homepage
As we transistion to a modified way of working and living keep on top of ACEM issues as well as continue to care for your self.
Network and ACEM updates
7 steps for healthcare workers: Coping with COVID-19 related anxiety or distress
1. Acknowledge your feelings and accept others may react differently to the same situation • Feeling distressed is an experience that many healthcare workers are likely to experience. It is quite common to be feeling this way during a crisis • It is very helpful to know your personal signs of distress so you know when to respond.
2. Take care of your basic needs first! • Maintain your day-to-day normal activities and routine wherever and whenever possible • Ensure sleep, rest and respite, eat sufficient and healthy food • Make time to unwind. Take time for yourself • Try to do physical activities you enjoy • Don’t use smoking, alcohol, caffeine or drugs to deal with your emotions. March 2020 COVID-19 Employee Emotional Support Guidelines 2
3. Stay connected, especially with your loved ones • Some health workers may experience avoidance or anger from their family or community due to fear. This can make an already challenging situation far more difficult. • If possible, stay closely and consistently connected with your loved ones, including through digital methods.
4. Draw on the skills you have used in the past when you’ve managed previous life challenges.
5. Turn to your colleagues, your manager or other trusted people for support. • Consider implementing a local buddy system.
6. Seek accurate information/facts • Stay up to date with Monash Health’s advice and support • Follow protection and prevention recommendations provided. March 2020 COVID-19 Employee Emotional Support Guidelines 3
7. Limit the time you spend watching or listening to media (including social media) coverage that you know is inaccurate and/or perceive as upsetting • Don’t engage in spreading rumours, conjecture and ‘gallows humour’.