Resources for Your Self Care

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During a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone experiences increased levels of stress and anxiety, but physicians and other front-line health care professionals are particularly vulnerable. These resources from JAMA and the American Medical Association and will help you prioritize your well-being during this difficult time.

1. Managing mental health in the crisis

During a crisis, it is common for everyone to experience increased levels of distress and anxiety, particularly as a result of social isolation. Physicians and other frontline health care professionals are particularly vulnerable to negative mental health effects as they strive to balance the duty of caring for patients with concerns about their own well-being and that of their family and friends.  This AMA guide outlines strategies and resources  to help you manage your own well-being during this pandemic.

2. Managing Stress

In this article Sara Berg highlights 6 ways to address stress, starting with a focus on basic needs for the people on the front lines. Physicians and other health professionals represent one of the most at-risk populations for acquiring COVID-19. However, they are also at risk for high levels of stress. During these trying times, it is important to prioritize well-being and address stress.

Practicing meditation and prioritizing sleep are keys to managing stress in times of crisis. The meditation app Headspace is offering free resources to all to help manage the stress. AMA members receive a two-year subscription free with their membership. AMA Members redeem your Headspace subscription here.

3.  Understanding and Addressing Anxiety During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In this JAMA Viewpoint, authors Tait Shanafelt, MD, Jonathan Ripp, MD, MPH,  Mickey Trockel, MD, PhD highlight the importance of understanding and addressing sources of anxiety for health care workers during this pandemic, and outline the actions that health care professionals desire from their leaders during this turbulent time.

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