With the staff shortage, nurses are working harder than ever. Making the profession, that is considered to be the most stressful job in healthcare, even more taxing.

Multiple pressures like demanding work hours, witnessing patients suffering, physical labor, budget cuts, increasing workload, interpersonal conflict, and shift work all contribute to significant stress levels in nurses.

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If stress is not kept in check, it can have various short and longterm negative effects on your health and your nursing career.

Stress can result in:

-Insomnia

-Depression

-Low Self Esteem

-Reduced job satisfaction

-Irritability

-Headaches

-Vulnerability to illness

-Inability to focus and forgetfulness

-Poor judgement

These symptoms can alter the way you do your job and it may cause you to make costly mistakes.

“Moral distress and compassion fatigue are consequences of nursing stress that have received special attention from researchers in recent years.” a MedScape article reads.

You spend all day taking care of others. When was the last time you took some time to take care of you? Setting some time aside for yourself, even just 25 minutes, is all it takes to reduce your stress levels and improve your health and state of wellbeing.

Ways To Reduce Stress:

1: Exercise

Physical activity releases endorphins, the feel-good chemical in your brain which help relieve stress.

Do something you enjoy and look forward to doing. If the thought of going for a 3-mile run makes you tense, it defeats the purpose. Stay away from activities that are taxing to the body. Try Yoga, walking, hiking, swimming or biking.

 

2: Fresh Air

Reconnecting with nature by getting outdoors, breathing in the fresh are and getting some sunlight might just help you clear your mind.

According to a 2008 study published in the “Journal of Biological Regulators & Homeostatic Agents”, participants spent more time in the forest rather than in the City. Results showed more physical signs of relaxation and a reduction in cortisol levels in the participants. Sunlight releases the “happy” chemical serotonin that fights off stress and depression. Similarly, plants and trees emit an air born chemical called Phytoncides that is said to reduce stress.

Take a break every day and get outside. Go sit at the park, have a picnic, do some gardening or take a moonlight stroll around your neighborhood. If you can do your daily exercise outside, you get to hit two birds with one stone.

 

3: Massage

You don’t need to pay big bucks to get a professional massage. A quick self-massage is all you need. Before going to bed, treat yourself to a foot massage with lavender scented massage oil. Lavender is known to help you relax and sleep.

You can also use a foam roller or tennis balls to roll out any tension in your body from a hard days work.

 

4: Binaural Beats

Probably my favorite way to relax. Just put on your headphones and let the sounds melt your stress away. Binaural Beats is like a massage for your brain, it uses sound frequencies in your left and right ear to stimulate your brain and put you in a meditative state.

Binaural beats help to develop your intuition, improves relaxation and sleep, increases serotonin and endorphin levels and help you let go of daily stress.

Synctuition is unique in the way they produce their Binaural Beats. They mix your own personal voice frequency into the tracks which helps your mind to resonate even better with the sounds and relax even more.

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