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Support your partner's work in emergency services

There are not many jobs out there that save lives every day. But doctors, nurses, firefighters, lifeguards, and ambulance officers are a few that top the list.

The thing that sets doctors and emergency service workers apart is those first moments after the accident. Emergency workers and volunteers are the people who deal with the crisis firsthand before the victim is taken to the hospital.
 
It’s in these moments of shock, fear and adrenaline-filled panic, that people either push through or lose their life. It takes a very special kind of person to deal with these situations… every single day. Their reason for pursuing such a career (or volunteering their free time) is, purely, to help people.
 
It’s important to take a moment and really thank these people for the work they do – for continuing to go beyond their call of duty when that call comes for help.
 
For you and many other partners of emergency service workers, it’s certainly not always easy.
 
Take time to appreciate your hero…
 
The shift work, the early morning emergency calls, the anxiety, and the possible injuries. There’s no other job like this. It’s not simple like a 9-5. But ‘simple’ doesn’t usually bring out the best.
 
If your partner is in emergency services, whether through their job or as a volunteer, do your best to support them – both physically and emotionally. When they come home, exhausted from what they’ve seen on the road, be there for them. Be their eyes and ears – because sometimes they can’t see when they need help.
 
Be proactive about maintaining positive mental health. Block out date nights, family time, and special things you both like to do. It’s surprising how powerful making a habit of time together every week is. Whatever you do with that time doesn’t matter. It’s having a day to look forward to that’s just yours, that’s important.
 
Creating a positive life at home will help your partner draw the line, mentally, from the emotional strain of work. Let them switch off and walk into a house of love.
 
Volunteer recognition
 
Acknowledging your volunteer or emergency service worker reinforces efforts and is a sign of appreciation. It can be as simple as a smile and words of encouragement. As humans, we all want to be recognised for the good things that we do. And for volunteers, they need a few extra thank yous. This helps build their self-esteem and confidence. When volunteers feel appreciated, they’re more likely to feel connected to their job and continue to serve others.
 
Always thank your loved one, in different ways, every day. Is there an activity they love doing? If they’re having a tough day, why not take a couple of hours out and do it.
 
A little thanks can go a long way.