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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!

To read the complete article mentioned in this post, please visit:
http://scrubsmag.com/stress-busters-for-nurses/

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Stress Busters for Nurses Part I

Stress has become a part of our lives as much as our heart beating and breathing in and out. If you think I’m exaggerating, ask the next ten people you come across, “Do you experience stress on a daily basis?” Now I don’t have statistics to back up my opinion, but I stand by my theory nevertheless. If you’re in an online ADN program, your stress levels are probably off the charts.

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

1) Be on top of your own health. – “Stress left unchecked can cause physical ailments including cardiovascular disease. Taking a heart health self-test and making regular appointments with your own PCP will help you stay in good shape and also make you feel confident and in control of your own well-being,” suggests Durning.

2) Exercise your stress away. – Countless studies are out there about the positive effects exercising has on one’s mood and clarity of thought. I wouldn’t know; my theory is that if you don’t exercise, you won’t get hurt. Plus if I started an exercise regime, I’d probably get stressed out about following it or wasting money on a gym membership that I’m too tired to use. Regardless of my lousy theories, do what I say, not what I do.

3) Take your own pulse. – I think of this more as the Take Time and Breathe Method. When life is spinning out of control, stop, take a moment to inhale a few deep breaths, and prioritize what needs to get done.

4) Say a prayer. – Durning writes that, “Prayer is a powerful tool to help practitioners relax and de-stress. Memorize a prayer that resonates with you and let it help you when times get tough.”

I think it’s more than that, though. It means that God is in control even when I am not. It means that there is a reason beyond the chaos and a hope beyond the pain.

5) Pamper yourself – Because of my fibromyalgia, I get a massage once a month. I have to tell you, it’s awesome! Nurses are doing things for a bunch of people at any given time; sometimes the very thing you may need is a little pampering and a little break from the outside world.

Being an ADN student brings a lot of stress, so there is no way I can give just five tips to bring total relaxation. Tune in next week for part II!

To read the complete article mentioned in this post, please visit:
http://scrubsmag.com/stress-busters-for-nurses/