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Health Tips for NDIS Support Workers

by | Nov 14, 2022 | Support Work | 0 comments

It’s no secret that NDIS support workers put in long and challenging hours. As an NDIS support worker, you may be exposed to the harsh realities of disability and its effects on individuals. It can be emotionally taxing. But to continue providing quality care, you need to take care of your own health and well-being as well.

 It will help you see challenges with a clear mind so that you can find solutions to them instead of being overcome by them. You don’t have to sacrifice your own happiness just because you are working in this field.

Here are some tips for NDIS support workers to take care of their own health and well-being:

Exercise

Physical activity releases endorphins, which are hormones that make you feel happy and boost your mood. Aside from that, exercise is one of the best ways to manage your stress. It can also help you fall asleep faster if you find it challenging to get enough sleep.

 Exercise can be as simple as taking a walk outside, doing yoga, or even playing with your kids or pets. Taking care of your health will allow you to give your best to your clients. You must remember to hydrate yourself often since it is important in flushing out toxins in your body.

Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is one of the most important things to take care of as an NDIS support worker. You can’t function properly if you don’t get enough sleep. Make sure that you are getting enough sleep each day. Try to get to bed early so you can get the right amount of sleep. If you have trouble falling asleep because of your thoughts, you can try relaxation techniques like deep breathing or progressive muscle relaxation.

 You can also try to de-stress before going to bed. NDIS support workers often have to work overnight shifts, which can be challenging. If you have to work overnight shifts, make sure to keep your body and mind hydrated by drinking lots of water. And don’t forget to take naps during the day if you are feeling tired.

Don’t Forget to Eat Healthy Food

As an NDIS support worker, you may have a busy schedule and forget to eat. But you should make sure to eat healthy meals. They can provide the nutrients that your body needs, especially if you are working a lot.

Eating healthy meals can help you stay energized throughout the day so that you can provide better care to your clients. It can also prevent physical and mental health issues. If you are finding it challenging to eat healthy meals, try to plan your meals so that you don’t forget to eat. You can also try to make healthy snacks like fruits or vegetables that you can take with you wherever you go.

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Remember to Breathe and Practice Self Care

Take a little time out to take care of yourself. Find ways to relax, reduce your stress levels, and deal with your emotions constructively. One way to do this is by meditating. It is a great way to quiet your thoughts, create more focus, and find inner peace. If you are new to meditation, don’t worry. There are lots of apps and websites that can help you learn how to do it.

As an NDIS support worker, you will experience high levels of emotional stimulation. This can be related to both the nature of their work and their relation to the clients. And this might cause you stress or emotional exhaustion as a result. And mindfulness exercises can help reduce this stress and emotional exhaustion.

Join Support Groups for NDIS Support Workers

If you are still new to this career, you might not know where you can find support from people who understand what you are going through. But don’t worry, there are many support groups and agencies for NDIS support workers.

These groups are a great place to meet people who are also in this field. You can share your challenges with them, and they can help you find solutions to them.

Conclusion

Being an NDIS support worker can be a challenging as well as rewarding career. It brings its own stress and turmoil. And you must take out time to take care of yourself so that you can provide the best support to your clients. At Providence Healthcare, we ensure that our support workers also get the support they need to become the best version of themselves.

 

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