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Medical professionals have to work long and antisocial hours in a high-pressure environment while continuously putting others before their own needs. This can take its toll, which is why it is so important that doctors, dentists, nurses, and other medical professionals receive support and advice on how to use their time off in a way which best protects their physical and mental wellbeing. Share these guidelines with them, letting them know how they can maximise their precious free time, and remind them your door is always open:

Set Boundaries

First, you need to set boundaries with your work and personal life so that career concerns do not spill over into your leisure time. Unless there is a particular issue you feel compelled to talk through with a partner or friend, avoid talking about work when you are outside of the workplace. This will help you to mentally switch off, giving you a rare chance to escape the constant pressure to be ‘on’. In a similar vein, set boundaries with friends and family as well and schedule alone time for recharging, pampering, and catching up on sleep.

Seek Support

If you are feeling overwhelmed, seek support. Remember that working in medicine does not mean that you never need help yourself! This might involve asking for emotional support from loved ones or speaking to a professional, or more practical assistance such as organising childcare with family and friends or via after school clubs. Finding ways to better monitor your money will also help to alleviate tension and give you peace of mind in your spare time, so consider speaking to a financial advisor who can provide specialist financial planning for medical professionals.

Think Long-Term

You also need to think long-term when it comes to your wellbeing. Instead of using short-term fixes to give yourself a pick-me-up or trying to do all of your overdue socialising in one, focus on healthy routines that allow you to improve your energy levels and stay in shape.

Get Personal

The key to leading a healthy lifestyle is finding out what works for you. For some people, meditation and yoga are the best ways to unwind and look after their mental health but others will prefer something punchier like boxing or competitive sports. As well as exercising, find enjoyable hobbies that can help you to relax whether this is painting, video games or playing guitar. Combining exercise and other pursuits with enjoyable social events will keep you balanced and in the right frame of mind to really make the most of your time off.

HR have a key role to play in supporting medical professionals – don’t let a career in healthcare take its toll on the physical and mental wellbeing of your people. Use these methods to maximising their free time to discover what works best for them and encourage your team to build a leisure routine that gives them the rest they need and the relaxation they deserve.