Too Good to Be True? Work-life Balance in Healthcare Is Possible
Posted: 8/1/2022 9:00 AM by
When you started your career in healthcare, did the idea of a seven-on-seven-off shift sound like a dream? Or, if you were working a more administrative job, maybe you knew you would have the stability of a 9-5 job with nights and weekends off.
If you’re like most who work in the healthcare industry, the past few years have been tough. You may have even experienced burnout. No matter if you are a nurse who works in a busy hospital unit, or a physical therapist in an outpatient setting, it’s safe to say healthcare just isn’t what it used to be.
Most days, the struggle is real. And the thought that you can have a thriving personal life while balancing the career you love seems far-reaching. But what if we told you it’s possible?
Try these three tips to help prioritize a healthy work-life balance in your life.
1. Use Your Time Off Wisely
Whether you have a set schedule of 9 to 5 or work seven days on and have seven days off, use the time you have away from work wisely. It should go without saying that you should use your paid time off.
Don’t let your paid time off build up for years and years without ever taking a vacation. And when you do take the time off, use the time to truly unplug from work. Set an out-of-office reply on your e-mail, notify your team that you will be out of pocket, and do your best to set boundaries to spend time away from work if your job doesn’t allow you to completely unplug for an extended amount of time.
Remember, life is more than just work, and the work will be there when you get back. Achieving a true work-life balance only comes when you allow the other side to balance!
2. Prioritize Self-Care
The term “self-care” has become a popular buzzword over the past few years. Though you may think it’s all about taking bubble baths or getting a massage, self-care can look different for everyone. It doesn’t matter how you focus on self-care; it just matters that you do it.
When you take time away from work, consider what self-care looks like for you. Is it listening to your favorite podcast uninterrupted? Or, maybe it’s just taking a 15-minute walk around the neighborhood. How about calling an old friend and chatting, or even hiring a therapist to work through some of your mental blocks or personal issues you may be having?
Remember, you need to put your oxygen mask on first before helping others. When you recharge your batteries through self-care, it allows you to be your best self when you are at work.
3. Find the Right Job
If you’re a healthcare professional and the first two tips sound too good to be true, it may be time to switch to a more flexible work environment. If you’re feeling unfulfilled, burnt out, undervalued, and want to have a better work-life balance, just know that you’re not alone. However, it is possible. It takes courage to find the job that is right for you, especially if you’ve been in the same role for a long time. But it’s important to remember that the grass can be greener on the other side. However, you’ll never know what that looks like if you don’t take a chance.
Work-life Balance Is Possible with a Career at Interim
At Interim HealthCare, we encourage our employees to apply these tips in their own lives. From offering flexible hours that fit your lifestyle to our matching system that optimizes skills and goals, we strive to focus on what works for the whole person.
If you’ve decided to leap into finding a new career with an organization that you can call home, Interim has a place for you. Learn more about how to join our team today.