More than 70% of health workers reported psychological distress, with high rates of depression, anxiety and insomnia. 
The unpredictability and testing nature of the pandemic has impacted their health and wellbeing, particularly for those looking after others as part of their job. In a demanding and testing working environment, nurturing your own health and wellbeing is essential.
The basics to looking after your health are familiar although easily overlooked: eating regularly and having a nutritional diet; staying hydrated; maintaining good sleeping habits; staying active; spending time with family and friends. With a stressful and exhausting workload, it is difficult to tick each box every day.
Try adding some of these simple and easy techniques to your to-do list each day:
- Reconnecting with family and friends once you’ve had time to reboot your energy
- Do something for yourself every day
- When working in a stressful environment, set small action-focused tasks
- Reflect on 3 things that went well throughout your day
- Practice a guided meditation
- Debrief with colleagues about your experiences
If you require additional support, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Black Dog Institute has a library of evidence-based tools and advice for Australian healthcare workers:
- Quick self-help techniques
- Managing burnout and stress
- Managing your mental health
- Hand-n-Hand Support Group – Free, confidential peer support for health professionals
- Looking after a team
 Lai J, Ma S, Wang Y, et al. Factors associated with mental health outcomes among health care workers exposed to coronavirus disease 2019. JAMA Netw Open 2020;3(3):e203976. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.3976