7 Tips to Help Healthcare Professionals Escape Survival Mode

It's an understatement to say things are tough right now for healthcare workers.  A Yale School of Public Health survey reveals worrying rates of depression and PTSD among healthcare workers.

Survival mode is a popular gaming phrase to describe barely getting through a super hard level. Survival mode is also an evolutionary response designed to help protect us in stressful or dangerous situations. That’s why it’s critical to find a way to move past this survival mode level. 

See a Doctor

I’m seeing a doctor for my anxiety and depression, and I honestly think it’s one of the best things you can do. You don’t have to struggle alone; you can get help. I appreciate the privilege of seeing a doctor in a country without universal healthcare.

Ask for Help

Sometimes, we are in survival mode because we are taking on way too much. Maybe you thought you could handle working full time while watching the kids while also keeping the house clean and keeping the family fed. But the reality is that’s a lot for anyone to handle.

Take Time for Self-Care

Once you have a break, you should spend that time in relaxation mode. Whether you have 10 minutes, 30 minutes, or more, there is a method of self-care that can help you feel better about your day.

Plan and Organize Your Time

One thing that has helped me break through survival mode and get more done than basic survival was planning my day. If I write a to-do list, I’m more likely to focus on the list and accomplish its tasks. If I write down what I’m going to accomplish in a planner or a journal, I’m more likely to stick to it.


Another big thing that’s helped me is finding people who are feeling similar and talking with them. HCP’s have been so isolated from friends and family that finding a way to connect and socialize is critical. I've discussed my feelings with my best friend over our weekly zoom call and talked with folks on social media going through similar emotions.