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Stress Busters for Nurses Part II

Stress has become a part of our lives as much as our heart beating and breathing in and out, so here are tips 5-8 to help you through. If you’re in an online LVN to RN program, your stress levels are probably off the charts.

Scrubsmag.com writer Marijke Durning has some great tips to help get you through.

5) Make a gratitude list. – Durning explains, “Does it sound corny to you? It may, but it’s surprising how much a gratitude list can help lift spirits and reduce stress. The gratitude doesn’t have to be for anything big (although it certainly can be!). You could be grateful that there was little traffic on the way to work, that the shift before left you some cookies that someone brought in or that a patient who went sour yesterday is doing better today.”

6) Laugh Out Loud – Let’s face it: nurses have to have a good sense of humor or else the stress and the heartache would just tear you apart. I think that’s another reason why nurses have such a great bond with one another; only another nurse can understand what it’s like fighting day to day in the hospital trenches. When all else fails, you just need to laugh and release.

7) Remember an inspirational quote. – “To do what nobody else will do, a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through; that is to be a nurse.”– Rawsi Williams, BSN, RN

There’s several more inspirational quotes on http://scrubsmag.com/inspirational-quotes-every-nurse-should-read/

Tape your favorite to your clipboard or under your badge to remind yourself of your purpose and heart.

8) Admit that you have stress and have to do something about it. – Durning comments, “stress has a habit of creeping up on most of us at one time or another—and some people simply don’t like to admit they’re stressed. It could be they see it as a sign of weakness or they just don’t want to say it to themselves. Just as with everything else, you can’t help yourself until you admit that you need the help. By saying, ‘Yes, I feel stressed,’ you can give yourself permission to do these special things for yourself. And then they won’t be special after a while, because they’ll be a normal—and essential—part of your life.

Being an LVN to RN student in the San Francisco Bay Area is tough, but hopefully these tips can help you to relax a little. If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of others!

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