Nursing is not an easy job. Often times it can be both physically and emotionally draining.As a result this leaves nurses feeling burned out and stressed. According to a study, 92% of nurses have moderate to very high stress levels. Because of this, it is important for nurses to practice self-care and find ways to recharge and relax.
Boost your mood and overall well-being with these nursing hacks:
As a nurse, typically you are on your feet for 12 hours, sometimes longer. The first thing on your mind after work might be to go home and relax. However, doing simple activities at home, such as yoga can reduce your stress and keep endorphins flowing.
Taking breaks are a vital part of reducing stress. Simply stepping away from your unit for a few moments can help clear your head and reset your mind.
Does going to work make you feel tense, unhappy or unenthused? You might want to take a mental health day.Use that time to get a massage or catch up on sleep then come back to work ready to provide your patients with the best care possible.
Incorporating healthier food items into your diet can have long-term impacts on your mood, energy and overall health. If you do not have time to prepare a whole meal, there are snacks that can change your current state of mind and don’t make you bloated or sleepy! Drop the bag of chips and start eating bananas, dark chocolate or almonds.
One of the most simple, yet underrated nursing hacks is learning how to take control over your breathing. This lowers your stress levels and helps you take control
After a long shift it can be tempting to zone out, but if you had a stressful day at work simply talking about it can help take weight off of your shoulders. Sometimes it can be difficult or frustrating to talk to your spouse, friend, or family member who does not work in the healthcare industry. However, talking about these situations and getting the information out there helps you recognize where your stress is coming from and how to properly address it in the future.
Starting the day off on a positive note sets the tone for the rest of the day. Allow a few extra minutes to complete your morning routine and get in the right headspace before going to or returning to work. It can also be beneficial to wake up a couple minutes early and show up to your shift early to get organized and clear your mind before the day starts.
The last of the nursing hacks is protecting your body. Being a nurse is physically taxing. Take some time before and during your shift to stretch and loosen up for the long day. It is also important to use proper body mechanics to reduce your risk of injury.
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