Frontline workers have seen and overcome challenge after challenge over the last couple of years. From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to this very day, they have taken care of the public, put their own health on the line, and have seen and experienced things they shouldn’t have had to go through.
This pandemic isn’t over. Now, even with a successful vaccine rollout, there is so much uncertainty, hesitancy, and even fear. Sometimes, it seems like frontline workers have gone from being heroes to being forgotten.
If you’ve been at the very center of this pandemic as a frontline worker, you already know how different these last years have been—and how challenging.
As a result, it’s becoming more common for those on the front lines to struggle with the effects of trauma.
What can you do if you’ve experienced trauma throughout this pandemic, and how can you cope as you try to move forward?
Focus On What You Can Control
As a frontline worker, things can get extremely stressful and hectic. You might hardly have time to take a break during certain situations, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.
If those overwhelming feelings start to take over, hit the ‘pause’ button. Take a step back and try to put things in perspective. When everything seems like it’s spiraling, it’s important to focus on the things you can control.
The things you don’t have control over? Accept them for what they are.
At the end of the day, reflect on your accomplishments and the things you handled by taking the reigns. But, be proud of yourself for how you handled uncertain situations, as well. Building your confidence will also increase your comfort.
Connect With Loved Ones
It’s not uncommon for frontline workers to be buried in work. Yo
ight have to clock in for odd shifts or work longer hours than a typical job. But, it’s still important to find a wor
So, as often as possible, connect with the people you care about. Everyone ne
eds a support system, especially when they’re dealing with trauma. Whether you need someone to talk to or just an escape from the things you have to deal with at work, leaning on those you love can make a big difference in how you feel.
Take Care of Yourself
Coping with the trauma of what you have seen and experienced requires a lot of self-care. That’s more than just “pampering” yourself or taking part in luxury splurges.
Self-care refers to anything that will boost your overall well-being.
For those who are trying to deal with trauma, it could include exercising, mindfulness, meditation, or journaling. Finding time each day to do something for your general wellness can make the effects of your trauma easier to handle.
Seek Professional Help
Trauma is nothing to take lightly, especially when you’re caring for other people on a regular basis. If you’re working the front lines, you know how important quality care is, and it’s something you undoubtedly give to everyone you come across at work.
So, don’t ignore your own need for care in the process.
To say you’ve been through a lot over the last couple of years would be an understatement. If what you’ve had to deal with has started to cause mental health issues in your life, you’re not alone—and you don’t have to go through it alone.
Feel free to contact me to set up an appointment. Therapy can help you get to the root of your trauma while guiding you through the coping skills necessary to overcome it. When you do, you can continue to do what you love and help others without letting your own struggles consume you.