Nursing Stress: How to Relieve That On-the-Job Stress
ICU nurses work extremely hard, and often in high-stress situations. Nursing stress can get in the way of your effectiveness as a nurse. The key to maintaining a high level of effectiveness in the critical care units is to take the time to recharge and refocus your energies, making you a better all-around nurse.
The New Year is a great time to reevaluate your self-care routine and de-stress; from a relaxing long weekend to your newest personal goals, there’s nothing like a self-care resolution to get you back to being focused and being the best critical care nurse you can be.
Here are four new ideas for what you can do to help you relax, recharge and be a better ICU nurse in 2017.
Four Ways Nurses Can Destress
A regular exercise routine will boost your body’s natural stress buffers by increasing the levels of norepinephrine in your brain in the areas of your brain that helps handle and cope with stress.
Plus, it also helps you blow off the proverbial steam and release tension in your muscles.
- Set Boundaries
Don’t bring the mental load of the hospital home with you or any of the other external factors from the life of an ICU nurse.
Develop your home to be a peaceful sanctuary. Defend it at all costs.
Your long-term mental health will be better for it.
- Set up Good Self-care Rituals
The start of a year is a wonderful time to release old habits and begin new and ones. During your time away from the hospital, try to take the time to be alone, read a book, get a massage, or just sit quietly.
Your long-term effectiveness will improve, and you’ll be a much better nurse to your patients.
- Develop a Hobby
Finding time to do something you enjoy is an excellent practice for your long-term stress levels. In fact, the creative nature of a hobby has been proven to increase productivity at work.
To develop a new hobby, think about your current interests, where you’re skilled, and what brings you happiness.
Don’t confine yourself to a box. Be free to explore your new interests.
Combat Nursing Stress with Effective Self-Care
Remember, you don’t have to live with stress. In fact, not only is stress unpleasant, but it is unhealthy.
Keep trying these proven techniques until you find a combination that works for you.
Make this year a year of self-care.
Develop your new routine and break-in new habits that will help you become the best critical care nursing professional possible.
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