What Health Considerations Are There Before Taking an Offshore Job?

When considering working offshore it is important to think of the consequences and implications that the role may involve, especially with regard to your health.

Your employers will probably require you to take a compulsory physical health examination, to ensure that you are in good physical health. This will ensure that you do not have any diseases that you could transmit to your co-workers. While there will be a dedicated health professional stationed in your offshore location, it is advisable to visit your GP, who should be familiar with your personal health history, in order to check your health.

General Health

It is worth considering your general health before taking a role offshore. Do you often get sick? Do you regularly take any medication? Is your immune system strong or do you catch every common cold and flu that does the rounds? It is also worth considering if you have travelled to any exotic destinations where you may have been exposed to any tropical diseases or if you have had any major operations in the year before you take an offshore job.

Be Conscious of Your Mental Health

The greatest health concern you should be conscious of is your mental health. It can be difficult working away from family and friends for a long period of time, and if you are feeling remotely unstable, the isolation of such employment can prove too much for some. This is very common, so there is nothing to be ashamed about if you feel that you are not in the best mental health, and taking the work would not be the best option for you. You should also consider that if you are not able to fulfil your role to the best of your ability, you might be doing a disservice to your employers and fellow employees.

How To Evaluate Your Mental Health

Take stock of your mental health by considering what your regular daily routine, diet and sleeping patterns are. This should give you a good indication of your mental health. Your diet should be varied, comprised of plenty of fruit and vegetables. The sleeping tendencies of people in good mental health tend to be regular (about eight hours a night) and free from troubling dreams or sleep disorders such as insomnia, sleep terrors or sleep apnoea.

It is also important to consider your emotional wellbeing. Keeping a diary can help you to do this. Notice any episodes of anger, dissatisfaction, upset, stress or depression. While these sensations are common in most people, any intense or dramatic reactions are symptomatic of mental imbalance.

Establishing Positive Mental Health Routines

By practicing a positive well-rounded, healthy diet and a weekly exercise regime, you will be helping to improve your sleeping patterns and supporting your mental health. Yoga and meditation are also good activities to help promote good mental health and are recommended by health professionals. 

You should also consider your sexual health and be sure to get a comprehensive sexual health screen before departing for your offshore role. 

If you need more information or would like to arrange an offshore medical, contact our London Walk-in Clinic today on 020 7638 4330.

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