Whether you’re currently pursuing a career in healthcare or are already a practicing provider, it is common to work during the holidays. Medicus Healthcare Solutions appreciates all of our healthcare professionals who dedicate their holidays to caring for patients. Here are four ways to help you stay connected with your family and loved ones this holiday season.
- Use Technology to Your Advantage
With technology right at our fingertips, communication has never been more accessible. This holiday season, plan a video call with your friends and family. The commonality of virtual events and get-togethers this past year have made connecting over a screen a part of everyday life and can make you forget that you are miles away and not sitting in the same room. If you’re on social media, these digital platforms are a great way to share holiday updates and help you stay connected. With a bit of help from technology, you’ll have no problem getting into the holiday spirit – even if you are away from home.
- Reinvent Your Holiday Traditions
If you are working during the holidays, this doesn’t mean you need to reinvent your traditions. In fact, you can bring them along with you. Do you have a favorite holiday movie? Bring it with you! Are you craving your aunt’s infamous apple pie? Get the recipe, head to your local supermarket and try your hand at baking it yourself – your coworkers will love this as well. No matter your holiday traditions, there’s always an opportunity to recreate them from the 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 in the process!
- Create New Memories
Yes, there are old traditions you may have on the holidays; however, there are always new ones just waiting to be made! Play a game – 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, this doesn’t mean you can’t still be a part of the fun! Making new and old connections will help give you a sense of security and belonging this holiday season.
- Schedule Your Own Holiday
While official holidays are traditionally celebrated on the date marked on the calendar – that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate it 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. 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 of time which can greatly minimize the feeling of “missing out”.
It’s normal to miss your family and friends during the holidays, especially while working or traveling for a locum assignment. Whatever the holidays mean for you, with help from technology, bringing old traditions along, and creating new ones, you’ll be feeling festive in no time. Thank you again to all of our healthcare professionals working this holiday season!