With COVID-19 continuing to top the headlines every day seems fitting that we highlight that July is #SocialWellnessAwareness month.
What is Social Wellness, anyway? Social Wellness is defined as the "ability to form and maintain relationships with others and to interact and communicate well within those relationships." Not an intuitively easy thing to do when we're limited by social distancing guidelines everywhere we turn.
These safety measures, along with regional restrictions on where/when/why you can leave your home, can have the adverse effect of causing feelings of stress and isolation from being apart from your usual network of people in your daily life. So... how does one social distance while cultivating their social wellness?
Physicians First Messages has a few helpful tips for you:
1. Nurture your network. Nurture relationships with families and friends. Call family members regularly. Catch up with old friends in video chats. Strengthen those supportive connections who all mutually respect, love, and accept each other as you all are.
2. Sustain your self care. Even basic daily needs like eating right, getting enough sleep, exercise, & yes, beauty routines, boost your emotional, spiritual, and mental well-being by continuing those calming daily rituals. This includes enjoying those hobbies and activities that give you a boost - everything from cooking to reading to gardening to daily walks and more!
3. Focus on positives. With so much uncertainty out there these days, it can be hard to maintain a positive outlook. One way to do this is by being mindful of something many of us take for granted: watching your intake and consumption of negativity. Simply limiting the amount of news you watch and time spent on social media are shown to greatly reduce feeling of depression, isolation, and hopelessness. Yes: It's important to be informed, but we all know the adage about the dangers of having too much of a good thing, and technology is no different.
These three simple steps will help keep you on the path to keeping your Social Wellness first and foremost not just this month, but more importantly, beyond this pandemic and throughout your life. So breathe, smile, and get out there and smell the roses!
#MemorialDay: The day we pay our respects and remember all those who didn't come home.
To the #Classof2020: Some words of wisdom from Mark Twain as you head out into your new day:
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
We're all so proud of you. Congratulations, you made it! 🌟 👨🎓👩🎓🌟
While you’ve been working the front line of #COVID19, we’re handling your backline. Here at Physicians First Messages, Inc. we’ve not only increased the number of agents working each shift, we’re continuing our onboarding and training of new operators to cover all shifts. This proven model of sustained hiring and training ensures that our staff maintains the positive and steady quality of service you’ve come to expect from us.
From years of experience working in the medical industry, we’ve seen it all and weathered each storm: 9/11, Hurricane Sandy, extended grid blackouts, and now this pandemic. Our built-in redundancy guarantees your practice’s calls are fully covered. The bottom line is that we are overly prepared to serve you no matter the need. #inthistogether #bethedifference
COVID-19 pandemic headlines are everywhere we look these days. “Stay Home Stay Safe” guidelines have become the directive for cities and states across our country.
Here at Physicians First Messages, the Doctors’ First Choice Medical Call Center our clients are living those headlines as they transition to telemedicine, work remotely, or rotate hospital shifts caring for the afflicted. Your patients and callers are living them, too, as demonstrated in the associated increase in our call volume and the level of those calls.
We check in with our operators every day to ensure they are able to process the additional stress and strain we’re all facing in these uncertain times. I’m so proud of my team. They have really stepped up for our clients, their patients, and for each other. What I am hearing from them more than anything is the shared awareness of the human condition, and how much we rely on each other. It’s a truth that was easy to forget before we all learned about COVID-19.
Now that truth is relayed as simply as two words, said spontaneously: Be Safe.
We say it to our clients who have to close their office and find a way to work remotely. Be Safe.
We say it to the patients who are concerned about their, or a loved one’s, symptoms. Be Safe.
We say it to the doctor who has just pulled an 18 hour shift in at the hospital and is signing out for 30 minutes before volunteering for another 4 hours. Be Safe.
We say it to each other when we sign off at end of shift. Be Safe.
Now more than ever, I know we’ll get through this, together.
Be Safe, and Be Well.
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