How to Combat Work Stress in the Funeral Profession
A funeral home can be a stressful place to work. Death, the circumstances of death, and the families of those grieving death constantly surround you. It can be overwhelming when you include all of your responsibilities and the fact that many times, even on days off, you cannot fully escape them. Left unchecked, it can have negative and lasting effects on your health. When you are feeling stressed at work, here are a few simple ways to combat it.
1. Get Outside
Feeling cooped up is enough to make any person stressed, seeing the same sights, artificial light, and the constant barrage of images of the deceased are all stressors. Sometimes a little fresh air is all you need. When you are feeling stressed at the funeral home, just take a 5-minute walk outside. A dose of sunlight and space can do a lot to lift your mood and help you appreciate the world and see there is nothing to stress out over. Vitamin D, which you naturally absorb from the sun, is essential to your health and promotes strength in your body.
2. Take a Moment to Relax
When you are experiencing stress, being told to relax may seem like a tall order, but you can do it! Simply realizing that some things cannot be helped and those that can will take time can help you relax. Worrying and stressing do not actually change your situation, and the moment you realize this you can start to calm yourself and relax, knowing that you cannot make everything happen as you want.
3. Eliminate Interruptions
A funeral home is ripe with interruptions. People come in and out dealing with the circumstances of death, and phone calls are a constant distraction. Instead of allowing these to get to you, find ways to minimize interruptions. You cannot keep families from coming, nor do you want to, but you have options to reduce the phone calls you receive, such as a live answering service. Scheduling and maintaining funeral home appointments ensures you are prepped and ready when families do arrive, and there are other adjunct services that can relieve some of your load, preventing more interruptions.
No matter how much you enjoy assisting families through the roughest time in their life, you can suffer from work-related stress. These tips will help you get back on track and feeling like yourself again.