Frontline worker doctors, nurses, and other health workers themselves got infected while saving the lives of patients during the second wave of coronavirus. Many of these people also lost their lives. Not only this, the screaming to save lives, the continuous deaths, the serious patients also shook the health workers. Like us, he also lost sleepless nights, restlessness, nervousness, and stress did not leave him, but still, he stood like a brave warrior and fought day and night to save the breath of the patients.
Speaking on the mental health of health care workers, Dr. Amit Malik, Founder and CEO, Inner Hour said, “Healthcare professionals have been at the forefront of our collective fight against COVID-19 globally. During the second wave, Health Care workers treat patients daily with trauma, death, and deep grief, as well as high levels of stress and exhaustion. No wonder, but unfortunately, our medical workers are struggling too The daily experiences they experience are affecting not only their physical but also their mental health. In the midst of all this, they are also at risk of experiencing exhaustion, anxiety, stress, sadness, and severe depression "
National Doctors Day is celebrated every year on this day i.e. July 1. On this day doctors are appreciated for their contribution. During the ongoing war with the Corona epidemic, doctors also lost sleep, became victims of stress. Like ordinary people, their mental health was also affected. Front line workers also needed medicines and counseling. On this occasion, let us know in the words of doctors how they cope with increasing stress?
Front line workers face daily stress
Dr. Deepak Verma, Internal Medicine, Columbia Asia Hospital, Ghaziabad said, “After being in the midst of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic for almost two years, this crisis can certainly harm one’s mental health, especially for doctors and doctors. It is a testing time for frontline workers. This is because they face a lot of stress every day, which has gradually put their mental health at risk. All the doctors and frontline workers are suffering from depression, insomnia, and psychological Experiencing symptoms of stress. Doctors are not only concerned with taking care of patients but adhering to ever-changing medical protocols, but they also put themselves in a situation where they can spend months on their own. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), "deterioration of mental health due to bereavement, isolation, lack of money and fear, or in people with pre-existing mental health, is caused by epidemics and making a worse impact."
How doctors are coping with stress
Dr. Deepak Verma said, “Even though it is quite common for doctors to have burnout syndrome and depression, they are taking small steps to deal with this problem. Many doctors say that they take a break in the middle to take a rest. - Takes short breaks in between and walks inside hospital corridors following all public health protocols. Indoor exercises like yoga and running on a treadmill have been shown to help doctors improve their mood and sleep quality Some doctors also do mindfulness exercises such as mindfulness and meditation are some of the exercises that help them de-stress during such difficult times. Apart from being in touch with their families while on duty, It also helps them to calm down. These medical workers are working tirelessly to save the lives of people amid the pandemic, very little has been done to provide them with institutional support. The better work they do in this direction. May seek mental health treatment."
Doctors also need a break
Dr. Manisha Ranjan, Gynecologist and Obstetrician Consultant, Motherhood Hospital, Noida, said, “Irregular working hours, risk of infection and less contact with family members and loved ones can cause anxiety, depression, burnout, insomnia to frontline health workers. and stress-related disorders. So it becomes very important to work towards alleviating their mental health problems. Enabling them to talk effectively, providing them with the right support from the administration/seniors, Detection of mental health problems, low quarantine/isolation and frequent contact through various digital platforms, and curbing of misinformation/rumors spread by the media are some of the measures that can lead to fear and depression among healthcare workers. can be reduced. Even doctors can maintain their mental health by taking care of their health, by doing meditation, and by taking a break from media and social media news.”
Dr. Aswati Nair, the Fertility Consultant at Nova IVF, New Delhi, says, “When you are going through difficult times of Corona, it becomes imperative that I take better care of myself as a healthcare professional so that I can help others. I can take good care of people. Let us ensure that we all stay connected with our family and friends through social media and phone. It is not only healthcare workers who are facing the brunt of the pandemic but every person in the society is equally is going through a similar mental condition. So when we counsel a patient or his family member through phone or video call, we find ourselves less alone. We also do some stretching exercises during our OPD "