Being in the public safety profession is honorable and requires commitment, focus, and resilience. To deal with life and death situations, you may have learned to turn off your emotions. It is a skill that has enabled you to cope with stressful situations, but it can also lead to stress and burnout if you do not have ways to take care of yourself. One of the best ways to ward off stress and keep it at bay is to create a routine of healthy habits to follow.
- Sleep – Start going to bed and waking up at the same time each day. It will help you sleep more regularly and more soundly too.
- Exercise – Create your own weekly exercise regimen. You don’t need to run marathons to feel the benefits of putting your feet to the pavement and getting your heart pumping.
- Diet – You don’t have to give up everything you love, but start with a few substitutions. Whole grain bread instead of white, adding fruits and vegetables to your diet, eating more chicken and turkey and less red meat.
- Have a network – We’re social creatures and the people we spend our time with influence our health and happiness. Surround yourself with people who are positive and supportive and make sure at least one of them is a great listener.
- Tap into employer resources – Your employer provides resources for a reason. Your job is stressful and to perform your best and live your best life, sometimes support is exactly what you need. Don’t be afraid to take advantage.
- Ask for help – If symptoms of stress are getting worse or are impacting your everyday life, reach out for help. It’s the quickest way to getting your life, your happiness, and your health back. Don’t wait.
You spend your days taking care of others. Make sure to take a good look at your own life to see what areas you can work to improve to increase your chance for happiness and good health.
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