5 Stress Reducing Tips for PTs, OTs, and SLPs
The best part about being a physical therapist, occupational therapist or SLP is that no two days are the same. But with the uncertainty of each day comes with stress. On top of that, you’re likely working with patients who are stressed, frustrated, and in pain and they may not be acting like themselves.
We’ve collected our favorite stress reducing tips for staying cool, calm, collected, and present while on the job.
Have you ever heard the term ‘hangry’? This is when you start to get angry because your body needs fuel. You may become angry, stressed and may not be able to think clearly. Be sure your physiological needs are met throughout the day. Stay hydrated and well fed so you can be your best self and give your patients the best care.
Be Mindful of Your Breathing
You might not realize how often during the day you’re actually holding your breath. By bringing attention to your breathing you will be activating the parasympathetic nervous system. This system helps to create a sense of calm which will help you clear your head and stay focused throughout the day.
Schedule Time Off
Many people prize productivity and turn their nose up at rest or taking a break. Yet, in order to be at our best, we need to rest and relax. A burnout provider is more likely to make a mistake or miss something important during care. Scheduling time off is an important part of being a great provider. Whether it’s one day or a week-long vacation, commit to the idea of taking some time for yourself regularly.
Adopt a Relaxation Technique
Whether it’s after-work running, yoga, pilates, kickboxing or just hanging out with friends, find time to unwind. Being able to relax after work will help reduce your stress levels which may result in reduced blood pressure, muscle tension, and improve your breathing.
Streamline Your Work
Keeping up with cleaning and daily admin tasks can add additional stress. However, using a product like EcoPro pillow covers can help you streamline your work; ultimately saving you time and money. EcoPro pillow covers can help you save 65 hours each year of wash time per therapist. Simply wipe the pillow covers with a sanitizer after each use and you’re ready to go! No more stress over washing, drying, folding and replacing covers.
With these stress reduction tips, you’ll be able to handle even the toughest of days. Don’t forget to introduce some of these tips to your coworkers who might be feeling the weight of stress as well. Now you and your office team can manage stress in a healthy manner and give your patients the best care you have to offer.