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Managing stress for you and others as a newly qualified Audiologist

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Stress is defined as a ‘state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.’

As a newly qualified Audiologist it’s no secret that you are entering a pressurised and at times stressful work environment. Here at Prospect Health we talk to Audiologists daily and stress is a common factor that can influence people's work and home life. 

Routinely health practitioners are expected to bend and flex according to the needs of their patients and practice. These needs can be everything and anything from maintaining a timely schedule, to keeping up with CPD and of course the daily issues that crop up when delivering excellent patient care.

People who choose to work as an Audiologist are naturally conscientious people who tend to be driven by a need to help, solve problems and go that extra mile. Due to this natural inclination and the pressures of working in today’s healthcare industries, Audiologists and their colleagues are often stress sufferers and sometimes for a variety of reasons the symptoms can go undetected.

Learning to recognise signs of stress and anxiety is important. Recognising signs in yourself and those around you before the feelings escalate can be incredibly positive and lead to a much healthier lifestyle for yourself and your team. Being able to recognise triggers of stress and cultivating a culture where people feel they can talk openly without being judged can lead to reduced time off for sickness, lower staff turnover and ultimately a calmer and happier place to work.

Get to know the signs…

Symptoms of anxiety

Symptoms of stress

Overwhelming feelings of panic

Trouble sleeping

Trouble sleeping

Struggling to concentrate

Finding it hard to concentrate

Change in eating habits

Trouble eating

Feeling irritable and angry

Feeling tired and irritable

Feeling unable to cope

Trembling

Headaches

A racing heart beat

Muscle tension

Feeling faint

 

 

If you find yourself suffering any of these symptoms try and identify what has triggered the feelings. Saying things like ‘work is so stressful’ or ‘my boss is stressing me out’ won’t help you identify the causes of your stress. Drilling down to exactly what the triggers are, so for example, feeling like you’re not getting enough time to complete your paperwork or feeling like your boss isn’t taking the time to listen to you, are more exact causes for stress and these can be addressed. By breaking down your feelings and looking at the detail of what is causing you stress the situation can feel more manageable.

When you feel stressed or anxious, feelings of loneliness and isolation can be quick to follow. If you notice the signs of stress and anxiety in those around you don’t panic, sometimes a simple offer of a cup of tea and a chat can be enough to help that person connect and have a moment to talk about what’s bothering them.

Key ways you can help reduce your stress levels and of those around you:

  • Be open and offer to listen – a problem shared really can be a problem halved, you may not have all the answers but sometimes just listening can be enough to help someone feel better
  • Exercise and downtime – carving out time for exercise or downtime can be really hard but popping your trainers on and going for a walk, run, cycle can make a world of difference. Not only do you benefit physically but you are also giving yourself time to digest your day, examine how you are feeling and what you want to aim for next. Partner up with a colleague and arrange a time to meet to exercise together or go see a film or meet for a coffee – having someone to meet can be an added motivation for making the time to do it!
  • Healthy diet and sleep – keep track of your eating habits and try best you can to plan ahead so that you are eating regularly and healthily. Bring in snacks to share with the team, you all benefit from eating something lovely and it can bring you together. Sleep is vital to physical and mental well-being, if you’re struggling investigate herbal remedies or develop a night time routine that helps calm your mind – avoid screen time 30 mins before bed, have a warm but caffeine free drink and if you’re laid there struggling, get up and repeat whatever you did in the last half hour before bed – you will be surprised how tired you suddenly become!

These are small things you can do to your everyday routine to help manage your feelings of stress and anxiety. Understandably things can sometimes get too much and help from more than just a friend or colleague is needed. Helplines like the Samaritans or charities like Mind are available and are confidential.

Here are some helpful links should you need them:

The Samaritans – confidential listening helpline

Mind –the mental health charity

As a newly qualified Audiologist, taking the time to learn about your own stress and anxiety will help your career progression, especially learning to identify your own personal triggers. Devising coping mechanisms now will benefit you long term as your role and responsibilities change and develop.

If you feel ready for your next Audiology role and would like to talk to someone in detail please contact our Audiology team on 01423 813459 or email hearcare.info@prospect-health.com or visit the Audiology job section of our website.

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