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How to have Healthy Relationships as a Healthcare Professional
As a dedicated healthcare professional, you give your all to
your patients and sometimes, you might not have anything left to give at home to
your loved ones. Between a demanding career with long shifts, daily
obligations, and a bustling social life, your most sacred relationships can get
strained in the process. Whether you’re late again for your kid’s dance recital
due to last minute patient demands or totally forgot about your best friend’s
birthday because of a stressful work week, you need to know that in the end,
your career is not where you hang your heart.
Family and friends deserve the same commitment and attention
that you give your job. Here are a couple of ways healthcare professionals can
keep their relationships “healthy.”
Two Ears vs. One
You should try to listen twice as much as you speak.
Listening carefully to what your loved ones have to say and being fully engaged
in the conversation makes them feel, if only for the moment, like the center of
your attention. Don’t interject with your opinion and practice mindfulness.
Really absorb what they’re telling you without planning what your next line is
going to be.
Don’t be a Flake
Nothing is more disrespectful or annoying than somebody that
cancels plans at the last minute. If an unexpected emergency comes up at work
and you absolutely must break an engagement, tell them immediately. Don’t leave
them hanging. If you have dinner plans and you want to bail because you’re just
feeling tired after a long day, force yourself to go. You’ll probably have a
great time and be glad you did.
Don’t Get Lost in
Healthcare professionals often call this speaking in laymen’s terms when
communicating with patients. Remember not everyone understands words and
terminology that healthcare workers use. Take the time to thoroughly explain
yourself and your side as well as to communicate your interpretation of their
side. Ensure that you are both on the same page before moving forward.
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
Nothing is worse than stirring a slumbering canine from its
sleep other than digging up old grudges. Let the past be the past and remember
that the present is a gift. Do you get short with those “repeat offenders” at
the hospital? No. you remain professional and calm, trying your best to improve
the situation. Do the same for your loved ones.
Patience is a Virtue
As you always would with your patients, be patient with your
friends and family. Never jump to conclusions without hearing them out and be
understanding of their feelings. When you take your time, you both will reap