The holiday season is typically reserved for loved ones; however, healthcare facilities usually need additional coverage to account for increased patient census and healthcare staffing shortages. Whether you’re a physician or an advanced practitioner, chances are high that you’ll be working through some of the holidays to ensure your local communities have access to the care they need.
Being away from the people you love can be challenging during the holidays, so we put together a few ways you can celebrate and create new traditions while working at a healthcare facility this holiday season.
Video Chats & Social Media.
With technology right at our fingertips, communication has never been more accessible. This holiday season, plan a video call with your friends and family! If you’re on social media, digital platforms are a great way to share holiday updates and help you stay connected. With some help from technology, you’ll have no problem getting into the holiday spirit – and sharing the holiday experience with loved ones.
Bring Holiday Fun to Work.
If you are working during the holidays, this doesn’t mean you need to give up your traditions. In fact, you can bring them along with you. Do you have a favorite holiday movie? Bring it with you and have it playing in the break room for staff! Are you craving your aunt’s infamous apple pie? Get the recipe, head to your local supermarket, and try baking it yourself – your coworkers will also love this. Whatever your holiday traditions, there’s always an opportunity to recreate them from the healthcare facility you are working at. Whether it be baking or caroling, window shopping, or watching holiday movies, the opportunity to participate in holiday festivities is almost endless. Don’t be afraid to create new traditions, including your staff, in the process!
Creating New Traditions.
While there are probably many old traditions you have for the holidays, there are always new ones just waiting to be made! Play a game with family members or friends – this can be as easy as holiday bingo or everyone sharing their favorite moment of the holiday via text or over a video call. Even though you may not be in person with your family and friends this year, it doesn’t mean you can’t still be a part of the fun! Your co-workers might be keen to get in on the idea, too! Making new and old connections will help give you a sense of security and belonging this holiday season.
Pick a New Day to Celebrate.
While official holidays are traditionally celebrated on the date marked on the calendar – that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate on a day of your choosing as well. If what matters most to you is the time spent with family or friends, the date is not as important! Instead, consider scheduling a day before or after the official holiday to celebrate. By combining suggestions from above with an alternative date for celebrations, you can enjoy the spirit of the holidays over an extended period which can minimize the feeling of “missing out” for you and for your family members.
Whatever the holidays mean for you, with help from technology, bringing old traditions along, and creating new ones, you’ll feel festive in no time. Thank you to all our healthcare professionals working this holiday season!