The Stress of being a Front Line Worker in Rutherford County

Sep 17, 2020 at 08:30 am by WGNS

Stress and anxiety are two big mental related problems that the COVID-19 Pandemic has caused – due to job loss and a lack of social engagement. On the opposite end of the spectrum, an INCREASE in work can also cause stress. That is the case for first line workers and first responders who have tirelessly worked overtime since March, which is when the pandemic started.

Brent Carter with Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services briefly describes some of the daily stress that first responders encounter multiple times each day…

It is important to get help if you have been unsuccessfull in slowing stress, fears and anxiety...

And no matter who you are - if you are in the midst of a mental breakdown, don't be afraid to call for help. A call to 9-1-1 could save your life and lead you on a positive path to reducing some of your burdens, according to Carter...

The CDC reports that stress during an infectious disease outbreak can sometimes cause the following:

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones, your financial situation or job, or loss of support services you rely on.
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns.
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating.
  • Worsening of chronic health problems.
  • Worsening of mental health conditions.
  • Increased use of tobacco, and/or alcohol and other substances.

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