Working in a senior living community can be a rewarding job, but it can also be stressful. To help staff manage stress and maintain their overall well-being, we’ve compiled a list of the 9 Best Ways to Reduce Staff Stress in Senior Living:
Sounds simple, but is it?
- Take regular breaks: It’s important to take breaks throughout the day to recharge and avoid burnout. Use this time to relax, clear your mind, and come back refreshed.
- Practice deep breathing: Take a few minutes to focus on your breath and let go of any worries or concerns. This can help calm your mind and reduce stress.
- Exercise: Incorporating physical activity into your daily routine can help reduce stress and improve overall well-being. Even a short walk or some stretching can make a big difference.
- Get enough sleep: Sleep is essential for good physical and mental health. Aim for 7–8 hours of sleep per night to help reduce stress and improve your overall well-being.
- Eat well: A healthy, balanced diet can help reduce stress and improve overall well-being. Make sure to incorporate plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into your diet.
- Connect with others: Building strong connections with colleagues and residents can help reduce stress and improve overall well-being. Make time for social activities and conversations with coworkers and residents.
- Take time for yourself: Prioritize your own well-being and make time for activities you enjoy. This can help reduce stress and improve your overall happiness.
- Seek support: If stress becomes overwhelming, don’t hesitate to seek support from supervisors, coworkers, or mental health professionals. Managing stress is important for maintaining your overall well-being.
- Practice relaxation techniques: Relaxation techniques, such as meditation or mindfulness, can help reduce stress and improve overall well-being. Incorporate these techniques into your daily routine to help reduce stress.
By following these steps, staff in senior living communities can reduce stress and improve their overall well-being. Taking regular breaks, practicing deep breathing, exercising, getting enough sleep, eating well, connecting with others, taking time for oneself, seeking support, and practicing relaxation techniques are all important strategies for managing stress and maintaining good health.
How to Support Senior Living Staff
In essence, we can better support our staff in two ways: Back them up and listening.
First, these professionals need the right tools to tackle their to-do list. That especially includes software to help them manage their daily tasks, which is often overwhelming without simple processes in place.
Second, they need to be heard and have “say.” They are often the people most in touch with the long-term needs of the residents and are often untapped sources of wisdom. To most benefit seniors, staff need to have a voice at the table and a say in the decision-making dialogue. This provides solutions that support the business, community, residents, families and most certainly, the staff themselves.
Contact Us to learn more about how InTouchLink can help relieve staff stress and perfect the resident experience.